M.A. and Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies

This rigorous, creative exploration of Jungian and archetypal psychology provides students with a range of theories, skills, and practices they can apply directly to their professional, personal, and creative lives, while addressing the collective challenges and opportunities of our moment in history.
Pacifica's Jungian and Archetypal Specialization is now accepting applications for fall, 2015, with classes beginning in early October.

jh3For those called to explore the deeper dimensions of the human psyche, this program of study provides a unique opportunity to engage with, apply, and advance depth psychological theories and practices within the Jungian and archetypal traditions. Building on the work of C.G. Jung and James Hillman, students will consider approaches to the psyche that foster healing, transformation, self-expression, creativity, and the development of consciousness.

The Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization moves depth psychology from the clinical consulting room out into the wider world. By stimulating and supporting the scholarship and creative research of its students, it promotes the crucial task of advancing depth psychological ideas and practices as catalysts for individual and cultural transformation.

Jungian and Archetypal Studies at Pacifica

The faculty is comprised of esteemed international scholars with a broad range of areas of expertise. They introduce students to foundational theoretical constructs in the field while helping them to engage critically and creatively with the course material. The coursework itself is aligned with Jung's emphasis on the "ineluctable psychological necessity" of individuation, the process by which one might attain deep self-knowledge, further the development of consciousness, and better understand the unconscious factors shaping human experience.

Students in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization

  1. Critically explore a range of topics central to our understanding of the role of the unconscious psyche in human experience, such as healing, myth, dream, film, soul, spirit, ecology, religion, creativity, personal transformation, individuation, the development of consciousness, and more.
  2. Deepen the capacity for imaginal, symbolic, mythic, critical, theoretical, and archetypal thinking and being in the world.
  3. Engage with the creative, dynamic unconscious in both its personal and collective dimensions.
  4. Hone the expression of their unique voice and vision through courses in research, writing, publication, and presentation.
  5. Study side-by-side with Jungian scholars and practitioners interested in envisioning new possibilities for extending contemporary thought and practices into the world.
  6. Read deeply and broadly from the Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Jung's Red Book, and other core texts in the depth psychological tradition.
  7. Evaluate the limitations and potentials of Jungian and archetypal psychology within contemporary contexts.
"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." -Keiron Le Grice, Ph.D., Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization

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 specialization, 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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