Santa Barbara, California
4-year, WASC Regionally accredited
Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, Postgraduate Certificate
Fielding Graduate University serves mid-career professionals interested in pursuing an advanced degree. The institution provides one of the nation’s top graduate degree programs for minorities. Fielding’s net price is reasonable and they offer grant, scholarship, fellowship and assistantship opportunities.
Over eighty percent students are fulltime and almost ninety percent take some or all courses online. Courses are taught by PhDs in a rigorous learning model which is flexible, adult-centered, self-directed, task-oriented, and competence-based. Still, some students complain the coursework is too hard (we hear that frequently for many schools and ignore it).
This school uses a cohort model, and provides one-on-one interaction with an advisor in the student’s field of interest. Based on student comments, they like this and also like the discussion forums, which help to create a sense of community among distance learners.