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Why you should consider this program

Supervised practicum traineeship provides students the opportunity to apply clinical counseling techniques in a clinical setting.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 76,142 $ 17,525 $ 58,617
Out of state $ 76,142 $ 17,575 $ 58,567

* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Application fee waiver; $17,500 tuition waiver ($1,750 for ten quarters of on-campus coursework).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 24,395

Application fee waived?



As students learn to become effective therapists, a practicum in a fieldwork setting is required during the second and third year of graduate study at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The practicum is an integral part of the Clinical Practice sequence of courses; lectures, experiential exercises, and assignments are grounded in the practicum experience.

Program Length

2.5 years (10 quarters)

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from a regionally accredited or state-approved institution of higher learning. The program values individuals whose backgrounds include work in social, religious, or human services; academic training in psychology or the humanities; and experience in personal therapy. Successful applicants will also exhibit a curiosity about the psyche and demonstrate respect for the diversity of life and human experience.

Admissions process

The fee is waived for Coverdell Program applicants. Other documents to submit include: resume, personal statement, and writing sample to the Office of Admissions. To complete the application file, official sealed transcripts and two letters of recommendation with recommendation forms should be forwarded to Pacifica Graduate Institute by the appropriate parties. Upon the Admissions Committees review and recommendation, applicants will be invited to an admissions interview.

Program Begins

Cohorts begin in September

Non-traditional Options

Classes for the Counseling Psychology Program take place in nine three-day sessions, approximately once each month during fall, winter, and spring, and one week in the summer. This format allows students to live in their home communities and travel to campus when the program is in-session.

Year Coverdell Fellows Partnership Started