mythology degree program

M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies

Pacifica is now accepting applications for fall 2014 in the M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies program.

For nearly 20 years, Pacifica's Mythological Studies Program has offered the only doctoral program in the country that investigates mythologies and cultural traditions through the lenses of religious studies, literature, and depth psychology. By discerning similarities in the world's traditions, we uncover the common patterns in human life, as well as the diverse ways human beings live and make meaning of their experience. Our cultivation of the mythic imagination provides a capacity for self-understanding, as well as an understanding of cultures other than our own.

joseph campbell A faculty of distinguished scholars and inspired teachers attracts artists, writers, teachers, psychologists, pastoral counselors, executives, lawyers, and life-long learners who seek to understand and express the depths of the psyche. Students discover recurring mythic themes in classic and contemporary literature, theatre, art, film, music, philosophy, and popular culture. Fostering the confluence of scholarship and imagination, they develop as academic and creative writers.


Overview video of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The video explores the many different aspects involved in achieving a degree in the Mythological Studies Program.


The study of myth is interdisciplinary and multicultural. The program emphasizes the interpretative modes of depth psychology, and particularly the influences of Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, James Hillman, and Joseph Campbell.


Pacifica Graduate Institute's program in Mythological Studies explores the understanding of human experience revealed in mythology and in the manifold links between myth and ritual, literature, art, and religious experience. Special attention is given to depth psychological and archetypal approaches to the study of myth.

The Mythological Studies Program is a doctoral program designed as an integrated M.A./Ph.D. sequence with coursework in three areas of study:

• Mythology and Religious Traditions
• Myth and Literature
• Depth Psychology and Culture
• Research

 M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies

Joseph Campbell Scholarship Program
The Joseph Campbell Scholarship Fund is for the M.A/Ph.D. Mythological Studies Program. A number of the scholarships are offered to newly admitted students in the Mythological Studies Program based on extreme financial hardship, academic merit, and content of essay.