Curriculum Overview: M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology


When students begin their studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, they join a cohort of like-minded students who are also enrolling in that particular degree program. The majority of students remain with the same cohort throughout their academic journey. A very real sense of community is soon established as students collaborate within their cohorts and share the intense experiences that are part of graduate-level work at Pacifica. Close personal and professional bonds are formed, often lasting long after studies are completed and extending into graduates' new careers.

Pacifica has developed an educational format that enhances rigorous academic study while meeting the needs of individuals who wish to pursue graduate education while continuing their existing professional and personal commitments.

The Master of Arts degree is awarded after the first two years of study and a comprehensive examination. The program continues with a third year of classes including a sequence of research courses and the development of an acceptable concept paper for the dissertation. The fourth and fifth years of study focus on dissertation writing and research. Continuing supervision is provided for the completion of the dissertation.

Mythological Studies classes take place either Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or Friday, Saturday and Sunday, approximately once each month during fall, winter, and spring. There is also a five-day summer session each year.

M.A. Program

Greek & Roman Mythology I – MS 505, 2 Units
Hindu Traditions – MS 503, 2 Units
Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Myth – MS 521, 2 Units

  WINTER   Joseph Campbell Reads James Joyce: Mythopoesis in Motion – MS 516, 2 Units
Ritual and the Embodied Mythic Imagination – MS 603, 2 Units
Dreams, Visions, Myths – MS 521, 2 Units
  SPRING   Arthurian Romances of the Holy Grail – MS 502, 2 Units
Myth and Philosophy – MS 515, 2 Units
Jungian Depth Psychology – MS 511, 2 Units
  SUMMER   Colloquium – MS 540, 1 Unit
Archetypal Psychology in the Age of Neuroscience – MS 611, 3 Units
  FALL   Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition – MS 616, 2 Units
Greek & Roman Mythology II – MS 705, 2 Units
African & African Diaspora Traditions – MS 506, 2 Units
Integrative Studies Process I – MS 627, O Units
  WINTER   Native Mythologies of the Americas – MS 522, 2 Units
Buddhist Traditions – MS 605, 2 Units
Mythic Motifs in Cinema – MS 626, 2 Units
Integrative Studies Process II – MS 628, O Units
Folklore & Fairy Tales – MS 602, 2 Units
Psyche and Nature – MS 615, 2 Units
Epic Imagination – MS 604, 2 Units
Integrative Studies Process III – MS 629, O Units

Colloquium – MS 640, 1 Unit
Myth and the Underworld – MS 619, 3 Units
Integrative Studies – MS 630, 1 Unit

Ph.D. Program
  FALL   Methods and Contemporary Issues in Religious Studies – MS 720, 2 Units
Hebrew and Jewish Mythology – MS 702, 2 Units
Islamic Traditions – MS 608, 2 Units

Dante's Commedia: A Triple Journey into Depth & Individuation – MS 727, 2 Units
Research Strategies for Dissertation Writing – MS 730, 2 Units
Egyptian Mythology – MS 717, 2 Units


Dissertation Formulation – MS 733, 2 Units
Christian Traditions – MS 703, 2 Units
Evolving God-Images and Postmodernity  – MS 711, 2 Units


Colloquium – MS 740, 1 Unit
Myths of the Self: Memoir and Autobiography – MS 726, 3 Units


Dissertation Writing* – MS 900, 15 Units


*Writing projects for this course take place away from campus. This curriculum may vary, based upon evolving academic needs.

The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on reading, research, and dissertation writing.

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