The Clinical Psychology Program attracts a wide variety of students who want to advance beyond their Master's degree to become professional psychologists. Students come from a variety of backgrounds and locations from throughout the United States and Canada because of our orientation in depth psychology, which includes the psychoanalytic and Jungian schools of clinical practice. Students find that our orientation offers both personal and professional growth not often found in other doctoral programs. Because of the professional focus of our new PsyD degree, students will have the opportunity to advance more expeditiously toward clinical licensure.
Our Alumni report that the skills learned at Pacifica are highly marketable in the current clinical environment which strives for more diverse and effective treatment methods. Our graduates find jobs in a wide variety of areas including academic institutions, hospitals, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, and community-based organizations. Our graduates report that they offer a unique and vital perspective to the clients and to the organizations they serve.
Our alumni web page (http://alumni.pacifica.edu/?x1=profile) highlights some of their stories.
Time to Completion
Pacifica provides students in need with a generous leave of absence policy to accommodate the complexities of the lives of adult students while maintaining high academic standards. Therefore, time to completion rate averages can be lengthened by those students who need to withdraw and re-enter the program.
Many of our clinical psychology students choose to take longer to complete their degree than the program minimum of five years. This enables them to engage more deeply in rigorous study, practicum experience, and research all while continuing adult lives. The program emphasizes that a doctoral dissertation has a personal, as well as an academic, component that enhances the quality of the research and the professional development of the student. The average time to completion rate for graduates for the past nine years is just over seven years. This rate compares favorably with the 2009 national median completion time of 7.7 years for doctorate programs in the social sciences, as reported by National Science Foundation, 2009 Survey of Earned Doctorates: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf11306/appendix/pdf/tab28.pdf.
*This figure may include temporary withdrawals and leaves of absence from the program, which can occur due to illness, pregnancy, or other serious instances that students encounter in their academic career.
Overall Time To Completion: Clinical Psychology Graduates 2003–2012
Number of Students
Average Time to Completion
7.02 yrs *
Pacifica Graduate Institute’s U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Post-secondary Education identification number (OPEID): 031268-00
Program Name: Clinical Psychology
CIP for program: 42.2801
This program prepares students for the following careers:
SOC code: 19-3031- Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
SOC code: 25-1066- Psychology Teachers, postsecondary
SOC code: 11-9199- Managers, all other
Program Level: Doctorate
Program Length: 60 months
Program Time to Completion Parameters
**Clinical Psychology Program Minimum
*** Gainful Employment
**Clinical Psychology Program
60 mos/5 yrs
96 mos/8 yrs
60 mos/5 yrs
96 mos/8 yrs
*Standard time to completion rates are defined by WASC (Western Accreditation Schools & Colleges) as standard for any graduate program at any academic institution.
**The Clinical Psychology program is designed to be completed in 5 years, as published in the 2011-12 Pacifica catalog.
*** Department of Education Gainful Employment "Program On-time to Completion."
PhD Time to Completion Rates 2011-2012:
Students who completed the Clinical PhD degree between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 within the Department of Education Gainful Employment "Program On-time to Completion" reported equaled approximately 10%. Another 30% completed between 5 and 6 years. The remaining 50% completed between 8 and 9 years.
Cost for Entire PhD Program Completed within Minimum Expected Program Time
Estimated Total Tuition
Estimated Costs for Books and Supplies
PhD (60 mos/5 yrs) $107,018
PhD (60 mos/5 yrs) $6,000
Total annual room and board charges:
Residential Fee: $7,131/ Non-Residential Fee: $3,827
Annual program direct cost information: http://www.pacifica.edu/fee.aspx
Annual cost of attendance: http://www.pacifica.edu/COA_2.aspx
PhD Debt for all graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
Of the 40 PhD graduates who completed the program during this time, 31 completed with student loan debt.
Median cumulative debt (borrowers and non-borrowers):
Federal student loan debt: $84,726
Private loan debt: $0
Institutional financing plan debt: $0