Application Requirements and Procedures

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The Admissions Application
Process at Pacifica

The application and admissions journey is outlined below. If you have any questions about the process contact the Admissions Office or the individual Senior Admissions Counselor assisting you for your desired graduate degree program. Contact information for individual admissions counselors is listed on the Admissions Welcome web page here. You may also learn more about application deadlines and enrollment starts dates for your specific desired graduate degree program by visiting the Admissions Welcome web page.

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. Below are the documents required by each graduate degree program.

M.A. Counseling Psychology

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 300 word essay academic writing sample
  • 2 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

M.A. Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 4-7 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 2 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies Program

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 8-10 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

M.A./Ph.D. Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

M.A./Ph.D. Somatic Studies Specialization

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 8-10 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

M.A./Ph.D. Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 8-10 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample and additional writing sample on the unconscious
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Program

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • Minimum 10 page Academic Writing Sample and additional writing sample on the unconscious
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

Ph.D. Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specialization

  • Personal Statement and Resumé/CV
  • 8-10 page Academic Writing Sample
  • 3 letters with recommendation form
  • Official transcripts

*Please note: You do not have to open an application to begin collecting these documents or sending them in to the Admissions Office. You may submit application documents to our Admissions Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time; she will hold your documents until you officially open your application for admission.

International Students

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.

Only master's level courses may be used to transfer credits in the M.A. programs. Only doctoral level courses may be used to transfer credits in a doctoral Ph.D. program. Some exceptions may apply in the Mythological Studies Program for students who have previously completed course in other programs at Pacifica.

Additional information about transfer of credits and prior training can be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Please email the Admissions Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805.969.3626 ext. 305.

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.

Office of Admissions . Pacifica Graduate Institute . 249 Lambert Road . Carpinteria, CA 93013


249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, California, 93013 | Telephone: 805.969.3626
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