Student Learning at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Logos, Eros, Consciousness, Integrity, Stewardship, Service

Pacifica's core values guide all aspects of the educational experience. Through a depth psychological framework, students learn:

Meta-goals, institute-wide

  • To actively seek vocation and service in the world, including professional licensure where appropriate
  • To engage in a creative learning process that includes inquiry and research
  • To distinguish and critically evaluate the mythic themes and depth psychological dynamics present in the lives of individuals, groups, and cultures
  • To examine multiple and complex perspectives related to global issues
  • To attend to the creative inner life of the human psyche and to the soul of the world

Assessed with program reviews

Program Goals, Student Learning Outcomes

M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies

M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies

M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies

M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Combined emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology

Ph.D. Depth Psychology Emphasis in Psychotherapy

M.A. Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life

M.A. Counseling Psychology

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Assessed with comprehensive exams and capstone projects

Objectives, course-specific

See degree program curriculum overview and course descriptions

Assessed with assignments

Academic programs may use slightly different language to describe the various levels of student learning.