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Graduate Admission

University of the Pacific
Knoles Hall Second Floor, Room 207 B
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211-0110

How to Apply


The Graduate Admission office will continue to accept and process applications for all graduate programs. For updates to our application requirements and policies, please refer to the Application Materials and International Applicants pages.

Please note: Physical offices are now closed, but we will continue to serve applicants remotely. Graduate Admission can be reached at 209.946.3929 or

For the latest updates on university-wide policies regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.

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The following information applies to our graduate programs and does not apply to our pre-professional programs: Law, Dental, and Pharmacy. Please refer to their specific admission pages for procedures.

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Before You Apply

To be considered for admission with full standing, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or an foreign institution of acceptable standing
  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed major field or equivalent evidence of an appropriate background for undertaking as an advanced degree program
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all post-secondary coursework or in the last 60 units of baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate work

Some programs may have higher GPA requirements; review specific program information in the catalog for additional GPA requirements.

See full Graduate Admission policy in the Graduate Catalog here.

Review specific program requirements and prerequisites
Many of the programs we offer have specific admission criterias, requirements and deadlines. For example, some programs may have higher GPA requirement. Please review this information on the program's website prior to starting an application.

Review program specific deadlines
Please refer to our Apply Now page to find our program application deadlines.

Gather necessary materials
The exact number of documents needed may vary by program, but for a general list please refer to our Application Materials page. We encourage you review what is necessary so that you are familiar with these terms prior to the application process.

International applicants
In addition to the application materials required for domestic students, international applicants must supply additional documents at least six weeks prior to the program's deadline. Please refer to our international applicant checklist page for a listing of necessary documents.

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Submitting Your Online Application

Choose your application
Please refer to our Apply Now page to select your designated application portal and find program deadlines. You will need to create an account and search for University of the Pacific.

Submitting application materials

  • It is important to complete all required questions and additional materials
  • Please refer to our Application Materials page to find a list of our standardized testing codes
  • Electronic requests for letters of recommendation are automatically generated once names are submitted in the application. Letters will be added directly to your application file using the upload link sent to your recommenders. It is not necessary to have these received prior to submitting your application

GPA waiver policy
Students who do not meet the GPA requirement for admission to a graduate program at University of the Pacific may petition for admission by submitting the GPA Forgiveness Form to the Graduate School. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following:

  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience after completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • Have the support of the Program Director and the Dean of the school in which the degree program is housed
  • Submit a letter of recommendation addressing their potential for success as a graduate student from their current or most recent supervisor

Submission of this form does not guarantee approval. Final approval is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Once you've uploaded your necessary documents and completed all sections you may submit your application and pay the designated application fee.

Applying for financial aid
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and are looking to apply for federal aid, you must separately complete the Free Application for Student Aid. Please refer to our Financial Aid page for a general overview of financial aid for graduate degrees.

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After Submitting Your Online Application

Check the status of your application
Using your University ID (which will be emailed to you after your application has been received by Graduate Admission) and birthdate, enter the information onto the Graduate Application Checker to see a list of items needed to complete your application file, or documents that have been received.

Classifying an application as complete ready for review
Applications are considered complete when your application has been submitted all necessary documents have been received. Once an application is marked complete, program specific committees review your application. Application decision timelines vary by program.

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Receiving Your Program Decision

Receiving an official decision
Official decision letters will be emailed directly from the Office of Graduate Admission.

Once you receive notification of your acceptance you must confirm through our InsidePacific student web portal, see page 2 of your acceptance letter for instructions. If you have any questions about your decision please contact your program.

New student resources
We encourage you to review our New Students page to familiarize yourself with the necessary steps need to complete prior to beginning your graduate studies at Pacific.

Step-by-step instructions on completing your graduate application

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