M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies


The M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies is a Hybrid online/low-residency program with residentials taking place four times a year in Santa Barbara. Applications are currently being accepted for an April start date.

Join us on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. PDT for a toll-free teleconference call with Dr. Jennifer Leigh Selig. Dr. Selig will present "Why Asking 'What Can I Do With a Degree in Depth Psychology or Mythology?' is a Good Question, but the Wrong Question: Vocation from a Depth Psychological Perspective." To sign up for this free event please fill out the online form.

Based primarily on the work of C. G. Jung and James Hillman, the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program takes depth psychology out of the clinical consulting room into the world at large, critically exploring a range of topics central to our understanding of the role of the unconscious psyche in human experience. These topics include healing, myth, dream, film, soul, spirit, ecology, religion, cultural phenomena, creativity, personal transformation, individuation, the development of consciousness, and more.

The course of study provides skills and practices that students can apply directly in their professional, personal, and creative lives. Students evaluate both the limitations and the potentials of Jungian psychology in contemporary contexts. Working together in a dynamic learning community, they advance, apply, and imagine new extensions for these theories and practices in the world.

Students in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization

  • Read deeply and broadly from Jung's Collected Works and The Red Book, as well as other core texts in the depth psychological tradition
  • Engage with the creative, dynamic unconscious in both its personal and collective dimensions
  • Deepen the capacity for critical, imagistic, symbolic, mythic, and archetypal thinking and being in the world
  • Hone the expression of a unique voice and vision through courses in research, writing, publication, and presentation
  • Study side by side with Jungian scholars and analysts interested in envisioning new possibilities for extending Jungian theories and practices into the world

From Dr. Keiron Le Grice, the Program Chair:

"By stimulating and supporting the rigorous scholarship and creative research of our students, we hope to further the crucial task of advancing depth psychological ideas and practices as catalysts for individual and cultural transformation."

What does hybrid learning look like at Pacifica?

This short video by faculty member Jennifer L. Selig takes you through the online platform where students engage with faculty and each other over courses, books, and assignments.

For information regarding Pacifica's M.A./.Ph.D. Jungian and Archetypal Studies program, please contact Patricia Abracia, Senior Admissions Counselor, at 805.969.3626 ext. 305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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