Patten is a private university affiliated with the Church of God. Academic programs are designed to give students the real-world knowledge needed to succeed in todays workplace. Degree programs are offered on campus, online, or in combination. Since 1944, Patten University has earned an outstanding reputation for thoughtfully mentoring students within a faith-based tradition that values social justice, leadership, and service to the Oakland and greater San Francisco Bay Area communities. The mission of Patten University is to provide high quality, accessible, affordable undergraduate and graduate education that integrates leadership and service to inspire students to engage in community and global transformation.