In a recent ranking by Online Psychology Degrees, Pacific University was ranked fifth in the nation for a graduate degree in forensic psychology.

According to Leonardo Bobadilla, the advisor for Pacific University’s School of Psychology’s forensic track, said forensic psychology is “a scientific clinical discipline dedicated to studying the intersection and interaction between psychology, criminal systems and the law.”

Determined by the schools average cost of graduate attendance, college ranking by US News and World Report by the best regional university and best graduate psychology program, accreditation, number of degree options and the grading process, was how the ranking was produced.

Each ranking gave the universities a total of 1-3 points, which in total gave the ending result.

Pacific’s forensic psychology program ended with a total of 8 of 14 points. In Regional Universities West, US News and World Report ranked Pacific 25th, though Pacific was ranked 25th in this category, it still granted the university with three points. Accreditations the university has are the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The editors at Online Psychology Degrees looked at each criterion for multiple schools closely. Bobadilla thinks the award will have “a positive effect as students research forensic doctoral programs in preparation for applications this fall.”

He says this is very gratifying for him and motivates them to “continue working hard at improving [the] program.”

This award is something that Pacific values as a whole.

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