Admissions Information for Prospective Students

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Pacifica welcomes a diverse academic community. Students are selected for admission in the Institute's programs on the basis of their perceived potential to succeed in masters or doctoral level work. The application review process focuses on past educational performance, letters of recommendation, emotional maturity, application essays, and interviews. Applicants are asked to demonstrate research skills and writing ability by submitting a sample(s) of their written academic work.

How Do I Apply to Pacifica? You can APPLY ONLINE HEREthe online application will take five minutes.

On completion of the application you will receive a program specific check list of items to submit to Pacifica including: transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement, and writing sample(s). All items, with the exception of the official, sealed transcript, may be faxed, scanner, or mailed to our offices.

Why choose Pacifica? The Institute has established a flexible educational environment & format that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences. Our campus locations are breathtaking, retreat-like settings, on the central California coastline with mountain and island views from each setting. We farm our produce organically and provide accommodations, food, and care during student residential sessions. Pacifica is an academic community that fosters a spirit of free and open inquiry oriented around the study of depth psychology, mythology, and the humanities. Our students have access to an impressive array of educational resources on Pacifica's two campuses here in Santa Barbara County including online library resources, writing support, student services, disability accommodations, transfer credit options, and a variety of articulation agreements between our M.A. and Doctoral programs. We invite the application from students here and abroad. The members of Pacifica's faculty bring a passion for depth psychology, education, and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom. Many of our faculty are licsensed psychotherapists, clinicians, MFT's, Certified Jungian Analysts, M.D.'s, and have an array of publications and teaching experiences in and outside of the classroom. These are just some of the reasons to choose Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Pacifica Admissions can be reached at 805.969.3626 ext. 305 for all general inquiries and for specific program information see below.

  • For information regarding Pacifica's M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology, please contact Krystyna Knight, Senior Admissions Counselor at 805.969.3626 ext. 398; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For Pacifica's M.A./Ph.D. Somatic Studies emphasis  or Ph.D. in Psychotherapy, please contact Alyson Alexander, Senior Admissions Counselor at 805.969.3626 ext. 307; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For Pacifica's M.A./Ph.D. Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecopsychology emphasis or the Ph.D. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, please contact Diane Huerta at 805.969.3626 ext. 306; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For Pacifica's M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies or the M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, please contact Patricia Abracia at 805.969.3626 ext. 334; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For Pacifica's M.A./Ph.D. Jungian and Archetypal Studies emphasis, please contact Wendy Overend, Ph.D, Director of Admissions at 805.969.3626 ext. 305; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Admissions Office fax number is 805-879-7391 and all admissions application information may be emailed to Joni Lang, Admissions Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The mailing address for admissions application material is:

Office of Admissions . Pacifica Graduate Institute . 249 Lambert Road . Carpinteria, CA 93103