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Accreditation and Affiliation

Institutional Accreditation

Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC).
View our statement of accreditation.

For more information, please send an inquiry to:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, California 94501
Phone: 510.748.9001
Fax: 510.748.9797


State Authorizations

The information on state authorization below is effective as of January 1, 2017.


Pacific Oaks College has authority to offer its online programs in the State of Alaska by way of an exemption granted by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education pursuant to Alaska regulation 20 AAC 17.015(a)(8).


Pacific Oaks College has authority to operate in the State of California by way of an exemption granted by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code section 94874(i).
For questions, reviews or complaints, please contact:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone (916)431-6924, Fax (916) 263-1897

or visit:


Pacific Oaks College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. The Commission’s registration of the fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the institution’s programs.


Pacific Oaks College has registered in Pennsylvania with the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in its online programs.


Pacific Oaks College has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. § 13-34a-203 to be a registered postsecondary school legally authorized by the State of Utah.


Program Specific Approvals

School of Education

Courses in the credential programs meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. Learn more.

School of Cultural and Family Psychology

The M.A. in MFT program satisfies all of the requirements of SB 33 and the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (Business and Professions Code Sections 4980.36c, d e 4980.39, 4980.40, and 4980.41).

The MFT program prepares graduates to sit for the California MFT exam to earn a Marriage and Family Therapist License awarded by the California Board of Behavioral Science. Learn more.



TCS Education System

Pacific Oaks College is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. Other TCS ES affiliates include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, Saybrook University, and Pacific Oaks Children’s School.

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Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

Pacific Oaks College is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU).

Learn more