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Pacifica is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 in all programs. For any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 805.879.7305.

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Welcome to Pacifica’s Admissions webpages. We hope you find the information below helpful as you navigate the admissions process. If anything is unclear please let us know by emailing us at admissions@pacifica.edu or call 805.879.7305. The Office of Admissions is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 enrollment in all programs.

Why choose Pacifica?

Pacifica fosters an academic community environment that promotes a spirit of free and open inquiry to engage in the study of depth psychology, mythology, and the humanities. Our students have access to an impressive array of educational resources on Pacifica’s two campuses located in Santa Barbara County which include online library resources, writing support, student services, disability accommodations, transfer credit options, and a variety of articulation agreements between our masters’ and doctoral programs. The members of Pacifica’s faculty bring a passion for depth psychology, education, and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom. Many of our faculty are licensed psychotherapists, clinicians, MFT’s, Certified Jungian Analysts, M.D.’s, and have an assortment of publications and teaching backgrounds in and outside of the classroom. These are just some of the reasons to choose Pacifica Graduate Institute.The Institute has established a flexible educational environment and format that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences. Our campus locations are breath-taking, retreat-like settings, on the central California coastline with mountain and island views from each setting. We provide accommodations and meals during student residential sessions.

Now Accepting Applications
For Fall 2017


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The online application takes five to ten minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide general information such as name, phone number, and past educational history.

Letter from the Provost: Who we are

Whether you are a recent graduate or have spent time away from higher education, we are pleased that you are interested in one of Pacifica’s nine graduate degree programs.

Pacifica Graduate Institute guiding motto is animae mundi colendae gratia – for the sake of tending soul in and of the world. We believe in educating the whole person within a transformative environment. This includes the dynamic interplay of person, community, culture and world, with all of the complexity and diversity of contemporary life. We foster creative learning experiences throughout our nine programs, with research and scholarship through the discerning lens of depth psychology. With the creation of an academically rigorous, yet supportive atmosphere, we enable students to think critically, work soulfully, dream and develop their collective imagination to transform into a scholar of depth.

Students and faculty of diverse backgrounds contribute their perspectives and scholarly interests in creating a rich academic setting, allowing graduates to be successful in a variety of career paths. Our alumni are known for excellence and achievement in their endeavors while supporting the mission of the institute, tending the soul of the world.

Warmly,
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
Provost/Director/AD


Degree Programs

M.A. Counseling Psychology
  • Admissions Advisor: Lori Myers 805.879.7320
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

M.A./Ph.D. Mythological Studies
  • Admissions Advisor: Rene Marchington 805.879.7309
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

M.A. Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life (hybrid program)
  • Admissions Advisor: Rene Marchington 805.879.7309
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start dates
  • Scholarships available

M.A./Ph.D. Community, Liberation, and Ecopsychology
  • Admissions Advisor: Alyson Alexander 805.879.7307
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

M.A./Ph.D. Somatic Studies Specialization
  • Admissions Advisor: Alyson Alexander 805.879.7307
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
  • Admissions Advisor: Alex Clarke 805.879.7306
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
  • Admissions Advisor: Alex Clarke 805.879.7306
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

Ph.D. Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specialization
  • Admissions Advisor: Alyson Alexander 805.879.7307
  • Co-Admissions Advisor: Alex Clarke 805.879.7306
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start date
  • Scholarships available

M.A./Ph.D. Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization (hybrid program)
  • Admissions Advisor: Rene Marchington 805.879.7309
  • Rolling admissions
  • Fall 2017 enrollment start dates
  • Scholarships available


How to Apply

Considering Pacifica for your graduate education? Here is a list of items to consider and some helpful resources.

Important Dates and Deadlines

September 8th
Fall Semester begins for Mythological Studies Program
September 14th
Fall Semester begins for Engaged Humanities and Creative Life Program
September 15th
Fall Semester begins for Counseling Psychology Program for Track C
Fall Semester begins for the Depth Therapy Specialization
September 21st
Fall Semester begins for Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program
September 22nd
Fall Semester begins for Counseling Psychology Program for Track D
September 25th
Fall Semester begins for Counseling Psychology Program for Track W
October 2nd
Fall Semester begins for the Somatic Studies Specialization
October 5th
Fall Semester begins for Psy.D. Psychology Program
Fall Semester begins for Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization
October 9th
Fall Semester begins for the Community, Liberation and Ecopsychology Specialization
October 15th
Fall 2016 admission application opened
November 24th-27th
Thanksgiving break-Institute Closed
December 23rd-Janurary 2nd
Campus closed for Winter break
January 1st
Scholarship applications are available online at pacifica.edu
January 21st
The Pacifica Experience-Introduction Day
March 1st
Spring Scholarship Deadline for Accepted Students
March 4th
The Pacifica Experience-Introduction Day
March 16th
Spring Semester begins for Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program
March 30th
Spring Semester begins for the Jungian and Archetypal Psychology specialization
March 31st
Application deadline for Ph.D. and Psy.D. Clinical Programs (rolling admissions after this date)
April 1st
The Pacifica Experience-Introduction Day
April 15th
Recommended Application Deadline for International Students
May 15th
Accepted Student Renewable Scholarship Deadline
May 27th-28th
Commencement
May 29th-30th
Memorial Day Holiday-Institute Closed
June 1st
Renewable Scholarship Notification Date

Contact Admissions

The Office of Admissions is your first point of contact for information about Pacifica’s degree programs and the admissions process. Please contact our office at 805.879.7305 or at admissions@pacifica.edu.

Apply

Apply online to one of Pacifica’s nine degree programs and specializations. The initial application should take 5-10 minutes to complete and you will be asked to provide general information and prior degrees. There is a $75 application fee that is payable with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card. Once the Office of Admissions receives your application, a confirmation email will be sent with a list of the program specific documents required in order to complete your application file.

The Admissions Application Process

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendations

We require official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope or electronically. If sent electronically, please send them to Jamie Roberts, Admissions Administrator at jroberts@pacifica.edu

We DO NOT need transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, just from where your degree(s) were conferred.
NOTE: If you have not yet finished the degree at the time of application, you need to send your in-progress transcript to the Office of Admissions, but it can be unofficial; if you are admitted, you will need to send your official final degree transcript, after your degree is conferred, prior to starting the program.

Mailed transcripts can take several weeks for them to arrive, so please request them as soon as possible. Transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013

International applicants: International applicants must have their transcripts evaluated to determine U.S. equivalency.  We will accept evaluations from current members of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) and AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.).  In addition, international applications must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results.

Each program requires two-three letters of recommendations and forms, at least one academic and one professional.  Because it can take several weeks for recommenders to write a letter on your behalf, make sure to provide a deadline as to when you would like these documents submitted to Pacifica.  NOTE: the recommender must sign both the letter of recommendation and the recommendation form.

Additional Required Documents

Each program requires a writing sample, personal statement and resume.  Please see Admission Requirements for the program specific guidelines and contact your Admissions Advisor for more detailed instructions

NOTE: You do not have to open an application to begin collecting these documents to submit them to the Office of Admissions.  You may submit application documents to our Admissions Administrator Jamie Roberts at jroberts@pacifica.edu at any time; she will hold your documents until you officially submit your application for admission.

Application File Review

Once the required application document shave been submitted, the completed application file will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review and consideration for an interview.  Upon review and recommendation, applicants may be invited to interview.

Interview Process

  • Interviews are a required part of the admission process.  The interview is conducted either on-campus or by phone depending on each program’s policy.
  • NOTE: M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D./Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology programs require on-campus interviews
  • The interview addresses a number of important issues regarding the applicant’s potential fit for the program
  • These issues include: educational experience, emotional maturity, personal readiness, and future goals
  • Notification of the admissions decision is sent after the interview

Acceptance

Applicants who have been accepted must submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 and enrollment agreement forms for confirmation. Those who are unable to attend the 2017-2018 academic year must submit a new application and updated documents in order be considered for acceptance at a later date.

Transfer credits: a maximum of 16 credit units may be transferred into Pacifica towards any of the Pacifica’s graduate degree programs. All coursework completed more than four (4) years prior to the student’s matriculation at Pacifica Graduate Institute will not be considered for transfer credit.  Application for transfer credits must be made after opening an application with Pacifica and prior to enrollment.  Please see our Transfer Credit Policy below for additional information or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@pacifica.edu or 805.879.7305.


After You Are Admitted

FAFSA

Pacifica recommends that all applicants apply for federal student financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and using Pacifica’s school code G31268.  The FAFSA is now available online and will require your prior tax return.  The Federal Direct Stafford Loan program is an entitlement program and is not based on your income or assets. All applicants must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for federal financial assistance:

  • Be admitted and enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an eligible program at Pacifica.
  • Students must be in good standing and may not be in default on or owe a refund for any federal financial aid programs or federal liens.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Provide proof of compliance with selective service registration and drug conviction regulations.
  • Must be making Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FSAP) toward the completion of his/her degree requirements.

Once the FAFSA results are received, Pacifica will determine eligibility and email an Award Notification with instructions on how to complete the financial aid process.  Upon receipt of instructions, applicants must accept or decline the Award on Pacifica’s Financial Aid Online System. If you accept the Award, you must complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling requirements through the Department of Education website.  For specific questions, please contact Pacifica’s Financial Aid Office at 805.679.6197 or financial_aid@pacifica.edu.

Scholarships

Pacifica is pleased to provide several institutional scholarship opportunities.  The renewable scholarships deadline is May 15th and the Educational Assistance scholarships deadline is August 15st.  Applicants must be accepted PRIOR to these dates in order to be considered for the scholarships. For information about our scholarships and process, please visit Pacifica’s scholarship information page.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for all applicable scholarships.  However, scholarships cannot be combined with other Pacifica scholarships.  Only one scholarship can be awarded per applicant.


Transfer of Credits

Due to the unique instructional nature of the doctoral and master’s degree programs, prior coursework or training usually is not equivalent to the approach and methodology taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Additionally, because of the sequential nature of the programs, students are strongly advised against transferring in prior coursework.

Effective fall 2017, up to 16 quarter units in transfer credit may be accepted at both the master’s and doctoral levels, from external regionally accredited institutions or their foreign equivalent, and up to 16 quarter units in transfer credit may be accepted from another Pacifica Graduate Institute program, unless there is an approved Transfer Credit Agreement between programs that specifies an alternate number of units. Please consult an admissions advisor regarding Transfer Credit Agreements.

Due to Pacifica’s emphasis in depth psychology, course content from other institutions may not be equivalent. Transfer credit requests will be reviewed by Pacifica faculty whose credentials lie in the discipline of the course request for transfer. The request will be approved or denied and the applicant will be notified of the decision. The decision will be final and is not subject to appeal. Partial unit credit will not be approved.

All transferable courses must have been completed:

  • a. at an outside institution no more than four years prior to matriculation at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
  • b. at Pacifica Graduate Institute no more than five years prior to matriculation for courses transferred from a master’s program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
  • c. at Pacifica Graduate Institute no more than eight years prior to matriculation for courses transferred from a doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The process of selecting courses for transfer credit requests and completion of documentation is the responsibility of the applicant/student, as well as converting semester units into quarter units. Transfer Credit Request Forms and all accompanying documentation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions during the application period, at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the program to allow time for transfer credit requests to be reviewed and approved.

Additional information about transfer of credits can be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Graduates of Pacifica Graduate Institute are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for information regarding current Transfer Credit Agreements. Please email the Office of Admissions at admissions@pacifica.edu or call 805.969.3626 ext. 305.

For students eligible for education benefits through the Veterans Administration, all previous applicable education is eligible for evaluation. Credit will be awarded where appropriate and the program will be shortened accordingly. The student and the Veterans Administration will be notified promptly.


Pacifica’s Office of Admissions can be reached at 805.969.3626 ext. 305 for all general inquiries.
The Office of Admissions fax number is 805.879.7391 and all admissions application information may be emailed to the Admissions Administrator Jamie Roberts at jroberts@pacifica.edu.
The mailing address for admissions application material is: Office of Admissions – Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013