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Patten University is a private, non-profit university affiliated with the Patten Educational Foundation (“PEF”) and accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The university was previously named American Graduate University, and is separate from the defunct institution named “Patten University” founded by PEF that operated until 2020.

Accreditation and Licensure

Office Address:

2433 Coolidge Ave

Oakland, CA 94601


Phone: 626-966-4576


Year Founded: 1969

First Accredited: 1998

Next Scheduled Review: 2023

President: Eugene V. Wade

Chief Academic Officer: Dr. Nathan Breitling


Accreditation and Agency Contact Information:





1601 18th St., N.W.
Suite 2
Washington, DC 20009-2529
Phone: 202-234-5100

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-955-6126

State License and Contact Information:










Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 N. Market Blvd., Ste. 225
P.O. Box 980818
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: 916-574-8900

Tuition: $330 per credit hour (all course materials included)

Participation in Funding Programs:

Veterans’ Education Benefits



Three out of four Patten students receive tuition-based financial assistance from the Federal Government, including the DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Patten offers an interest-free per course tuition payment plan.

Accreditation and Approvals

Patten University is institutionally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. DEAC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Patten University has approval from the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education to grant degrees. Approval means that Patten is in compliance with state standards set forth in California Education Code Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8.

Patten degrees and certificates in contract management, acquisition management, supply chain management, program/project management, business administration, leadership, and management are emblems of outstanding achievement sought after by those who demand a comprehensive, rigorous and fulfilling learning experience in order to advance in their careers and to contribute fully to their organizations and to their country.

State Authorization

Patten University is licensed, authorized, or exempt in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

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