Degree Requirements: M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies


Requirements for Graduation

  1. Students must complete a total of 90 quarter units for the Ph.D. to fulfill the degree requirements for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each completed course. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
  2. Students must attend at least 2/3 of each course.
  3. During the second year of coursework, students must pass a written comprehensive examination. The M.A. degree is awarded when the exam is passed and 48 units of first-year and second-year coursework are completed.
  4. Students must prepare and submit a scholarly article suitable for publication.
  5. Students must pass an oral examination at the end of the third year of coursework.
  6. Students must submit and defend an original dissertation accepted by the faculty.

Depth Psychology – Written Comprehensive Examination

In the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization of the Depth Psychology program, the written exam is taken after successful completion of at least six quarters of the first two years of coursework. This exam is an evaluation of the student's understanding of the fundamentals of Jungian depth psychology and archetypal psychology covered during the first two years of the program, in accordance with specific program learning outcomes. The exam serves two main purposes:

  1. To ascertain the student's readiness and ability to continue on into the third year of coursework, and beyond this to undertake dissertation work for the successful completion of a Ph.D.
  2. To provide an opportunity for students to integrate and consolidate the first two years of coursework.

Depth Psychology – Ph.D. Oral Examination

Jungian and Archetypal Studies doctoral students who have passed the written comprehensive examination are eligible to take the oral examination in the final quarter of the third year (in the summer or winter, depending on the track). The oral examination is the final evaluation of students' ability to integrate academic coursework, and it serves as partial fulfillment of the degree requirements. The purpose of this assessment is to raise critical questions pertaining to the proposed dissertation project. Students must successfully incorporate the critique of this consultation into their dissertation concept papers in order to be advanced to candidacy.

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

A student will earn the designation of "doctoral candidate" after he or she has successfully completed all coursework, passed written and oral comprehensive exams, and a dissertation concept paper has been accepted by the Institute.

The Dissertation

The Depth Psychology program has a Dissertation Handbook which includes a set of guidelines and forms for the dissertation process.

Students must have passed their written comprehensive exam and an approved concept paper to register for dissertation writing. With the approval of the program, students may register for dissertation writing concurrently with other courses.

In order to work with the dissertation committee, the student must officially enroll in the two consecutive academic year period of dissertation writing. This is often referred to as the two-year dissertation "clock." To begin the dissertation clock, the student must: a) have completed their third-year coursework, b) have an approved concept paper, c) be in good academic standing and have no outstanding failing grades, d) submit a Dissertation Registration Form to the Dissertation Office by the registration deadline, and e) be in good financial standing with the Business Office.

For a full description of all requirements, consult the current edition of the Pacifica Student Handbook.

NOTE: The Depth Psychology Program and its specializations are designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical traditions of depth psychology and its contemporary applications to personal, cultural, community, and ecological health and well-being. The program does not prepare students to become licensed or to practice psychotherapy. Although some students may wish to pursue licensure after gaining their doctorate in this program, the curriculum does not contain specific coursework aimed at any type of licensure, nor does it arrange or administratively support traineeships, pre- or post-doctoral internships, or other practice requirements related to licensure.
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