Admission Requirements

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The Office of Admissions is currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 enrollment in all programs.

In evaluating applicants for its programs, Pacifica assesses the student's ability to demonstrate psychological mindfulness. The Institute defines psychological mindfulness as the capacity to attend to intrapsychic, interpersonal, and environmental issues by thinking metaphorically, demonstrating empathy, listening reflectively to one's own language and that of others, and using psychological language in a manner which recognizes its strengths and limitations. All programs have an emphasis in depth psychology.

M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with three distinct specializations
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Ph.D in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices
M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies
M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life


M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology Specializations in: Somatic Studies; or Jungian and Archetypal Studies; or Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology

Applicants must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from a regionally accredited or state-approved institution of higher learning. Applicants must also demonstrate aptitude in the following areas: a background in psychology through formal coursework or personal study and experience; a background in interdisciplinary studies, such as the humanities, sciences, and social sciences; a demonstrated interest and ability in scholarly research; and a familiarity with the perspectives of depth psychology, such as psychoanalytic, Jungian, and archetypal psychology.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Applicants must have a bachelor’s, Ph.D., or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Program are expected to bring a strong foundation in psychological scholarship, specifically scholarly research and writing, as well as a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the study of depth psychology, which will be assessed during the application process for bachelor level applicants. The program seeks individuals who are psychologically-minded, and who show evidence of emotional resilience, cultural awareness, and commitment to scholarly questioning necessary to work with diverse individuals and communities. In addition to advanced writing and scholarship skills, successful candidates will have supervised clinical experience and manifestan interest in the relationships among psychology, the humanities and human sciences. The experience of personal depth psychotherapy is highly valued.


Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Applicants must have a bachelor’s, Psy.D., or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Program are expected to bring a strong foundation in the field of psychology and a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the study of depth psychology, which will be assessed during the application process for bachelor level applicants. The program seeks individuals who are psychologically-minded and evidence the emotional resilience necessary to work in relational field with diverse individuals and communities, including in community-based mental health settings. In addition to advanced writing and scholarship skills, successful candidates will have supervised clinical experience and manifest an interest in the relationships among psychology, the humanities as well as natural and human sciences. The experience of personal depth psychotherapy is highly valued.


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Applicants for the Master of Arts Program in Counseling Psychology must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from a regionally accredited or state–approved institution of higher education. The Counseling Psychology Program values students whose backgrounds include work in social, religious, or human services; academic training in psychology or the humanities; and experience in personal therapy. Successful applicants will also display scholarly writing skills and an interest in research.


Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy & Healing Practices

Applicants must have a bachelor's and master's degree from an accredited or state-approved institution of higher education. The Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices requires master's-level education; successful candidates will have completed all of the academic requirements of a master's degree. In addition, this doctoral specialization requires candidates to have experience and training in a distinct healing-oriented or therapeutic profession. The program is ideal for diverse practitioners (licensed, pre-licensed, or license-exempt) in the following professions (partial list): Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Health and Medical Professionals (Nursing professionals, Physicians, Allied Health Providers), Jungian Analysts, Psychoanalysts, Specialized Addiction and Treatment Counselors, Expressive Arts Therapists, Spiritual and Pastoral Counselors, Health and Wellness Practitioners with Advanced Training, and Other Qualified Consultants and Counselors. Applicants must either be practicing or have a plan in place to start practicing once they have enrolled in the program.

Because the program maintains a strong emphasis on learning through client presentations and practice supervision groups, we seek candidates who are psychologically-minded and show evidence of the emotional resilience necessary to work in the transference/counter-transference field. Prior commitment to personal growth and development as a client or patient working with a therapeutic professional is an important factor in the consideration of the application.

In addition to having advanced skills in writing and scholarship, successful candidates will hold some familiarity with, and aptitude for, the perspectives of depth psychology, and demonstrate a commitment to practice and research in a therapeutic and healing-oriented profession.


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

The Mythological Studies Program seeks students who have the potential to succeed in the creative application of mythological themes and psychological insights. In the process of reviewing applicants, attention is focused on past educational, creative, and professional endeavors.

Applicants must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from an accredited or state-approved institution of higher education. While a degree in the humanities, arts, or social sciences is preferred, other degrees will be considered. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination at the end of the second year of the program and demonstrated proficiency in academic research are required for continuation into the third year of course work in the program.


M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life

Applicants must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from a regionally accredited or state-approved institution of higher education. While the program seeks students with a background in social science, humanities, psychology, or the arts, other degrees will be considered. Successful applicants will also display scholarly writing skills and show an interest in the application of depth psychological or mythological principles.

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