Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admission

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1. How do I apply to Pacifica?
2. What is the application deadline?
3. When does school start? Do you have quarterly admissions? If I am accepted to the program this year can I defer my enrollment?
4. Must I take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in order to apply to Pacifica?
5. How many pages should my personal statement be?
6.Can I apply to Pacifica while still completing my B.A. or M.A. degree?
7. What is the general format of classes?
8. How much work is required outside of class?
9. Is Financial Aid available? How do I apply for Financial Aid?


1. How do I apply to Pacifica?

You can securely APPLY ONLINE HERE or download and complete an admissions application packet, CLICK HERE.

Call: 805.969.3626 ext. 305 for any questions regarding the application process.

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2. What is the application deadline?

Pacifica is currently accepting applications in all programs for admissions during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. Please call 805.969.3626 ext 305 to learn more about specific program start dates. We highly recommend that you submit your application early to ensure you have time to prepare for your graduate studies as well as apply for Financial Aid. Please submit your application, along with the $75 fee so that an official file can be created for you. Once your application is complete, and as recommended by the Admissions Committee, a required interview is scheduled. Notifications of acceptance will be mailed shortly after the interview. To complete the application process, applicants must submit all required documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation. For admissions questions and information, please call, 805.969.3626 x 305.


3. When does school start? Do you have quarterly admissions? If I am accepted to the program this year can I defer my enrollment?

Pacifica enrolls new students throughout the year for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer admissions. annually each year in the fall for all programs. An applicant's acceptance to any of the degree programs is for the current academic year only and cannot be deferred.


4. Must I take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in order to apply to Pacifica?

No. The GRE is not an admissions requirement. We request your personal statement, resume, and writing samples as a measure of assessment of suitability to enroll.


5. How many pages should my personal statement be?

Your personal statement is a very important part of your application and we request two to three pages for this item. 


6. Can I apply to Pacifica while still completing my B.A. or M.A. degree?

Yes, you can. However, your acceptance would be Conditional upon the completion of this degree prior to your matriculation to Pacifica. All final transcripts must be received prior to the first day of calss of the first quarter in order to be fully enrolled.


7. What is the general format of classes?

The classes are usually a combination of 3-4 days of lecture and discussion. While faculty present lectures, time also is set aside for discussion or question and answer periods. Some classes include experiential work and group or individual presentations. Our hyrbid programs requires less residential attendance at our campus locations.


8. How much work is required outside of class?

Class assignments consist of readings, papers, and/or projects. For the master's program in Counseling Psychology, for every hour in class there are approximately two hours of work outside of class between each class session. For the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program, a blended online/distance-learning program, students will have a minimum of 15-20 hours of work outside of class time for each online week. For the doctoral programs approximately 20 hours of work per week is a reasonable expectations for reading, writing, and researching papers before returning for the next class session. However, the amount of time a student invests in his or her course work will vary a good deal and will depend upon a variety of factors such as learning style and study habits. Most students work full time while attending classes at Pacifica.


9. Is Financial Aid available? How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Yes, Pacifica is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Stafford & Grad Plus Loan Program. All students who wish to apply for the Federal Stafford & Grad Plus Loan are required by the Department of Education to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form each year of enrollment. The FAFSA form is available on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students need to include Pacifica's school code (G31268) to ensure the results of one's application are forwarded to the school. Please visit Pacifica's Financial Aid page for more information.