Application Requirements and Procedures
Step 1: Opening Up Your Application
You can open up an application with Pacifica by applying here. You will be asked to provide general information, prior degrees, and pay the $75 application processing fee by credit card. Once our office receives this information, an application file will be created and you will be prompted to submit additional documents to complete your file. You can use the chart below in Step 2 to see what additional documents are required to complete your application file.
Step 2: Completing Your Application File
After opening an application with Pacifica you will receive an email the following business day outlining what documents are necessary to complete your file. Here is a chart outlining the documents required by each graduate degree program.
|Program||Personal Statement||Resumé or CV||Academic Writing Sample||Letters of Recommendation||Official Transcripts|
|M.A. Counseling Psychology||Yes||Yes||Essay||2 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|M.A. Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life||Yes||Yes||4-7 page Academic Writing Sample||2 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies Program||Yes||Yes||8-10 page Academic Writing Sample||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|M.A./Ph.D. Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization||Yes||Yes||Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|M.A./Ph.D. Somatic Studies Specialization||Yes||Yes||8-10 page Academic Writing Sample||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|M.A./Ph.D. Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization||Yes||Yes||8-10 page Academic Writing Sample||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program||Yes||Yes||Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample and additional writing sample on the unconscious||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Program||Yes||Yes||Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample and additional writing sample on the unconscious||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
|Ph.D. Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specialization||Yes||Yes||8-10 page Academic Writing Sample||3 letters with recommendation form||yes|
Pacifica Graduate Institute is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students. Due to our program model, Pacifica authorizes F-1 visas for international commuter students only. International students must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All foreign degrees must be evaluated by by current members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) and AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.) and submitted to Pacifica's Admissions Office.
Step 3: When Your Application File is sent to the Review Committee
After you have submitted all of the required application documents, your completed application file will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review and consideration for an interview. Upon recommendation, you will be invited to interview either on-campus or by phone depending on each program's policy.
Step 4: Interview Process
Interviews are an essential step in the Pacifica admissions process. The interview addresses a number of important issues concerning the applicant's potential to engage in graduate studies. These issues include past educational experience, emotional maturity, personal readiness, and experience related to the applicant's chosen program of study and future goals. Notifications of admissions' decisions will be mailed after the interview.
Applicants to the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program will be invited to interview in person at the Ladera Lane Campus and candidates for the Clinical Psychology Programs will be invited to interview at the Lambert Road Campus. For all other programs, if you do not live locally you may be able to interview via phone or Skype. Admissions' decisions will be mailed after the interview.
Step 5: Acceptance
Applicants who have been accepted must submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 and enrollment agreement forms for confirmation. The deposit and forms must be received within fourteen (14) days of receipt. Those who are unable to attend the 2016-2017 academic year must submit a new application and updated documents in order be considered for acceptance at a later date.
Transfer of Credits & Prior Training
Due to the unique instructional nature of the doctoral and master's degree programs, prior coursework or training usually is not equivalent to the approach and methodology taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Additionally, because of the sequential nature of the programs, students are strongly advised against transferring in prior coursework. A maximum of eight (8) units for any external program may be transferred. Internal Pacifica master's programs permit an additional ten (10) units of transfer credit towards any of Pacifica's doctoral programs. However, all coursework taken more than four (4) years prior to the student's matriculation at Pacifica Graduate Institute will not be considered for transfer. Application for transfer credits must be made after opening an application with Pacifica and prior to enrollment.
For students eligible for education benefits through the Veterans Administration, all previous education and training will be evaluated. Credit will be awarded where appropriate and the program will be shortened accordingly. The student and the Veterans Administration will be notified promptly.
Pacifica's Admissions Office can be reached at 805.969.3626 ext. 305 for all general inquiries.