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 highlights some of their stories.

Orientation to Gainful Employment at Pacifica (July 1, 2017)

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) regulations on gainful employment, Pacifica is posting their gainful employment templates with data and disclosures here on our website. We recognize the templates do not provide context for the data provided.

The below discussion is intended to provide insight into what we view as Pacifica’s relatively unique status when considering gainful employment data.  We believe it is important for you to have the opportunity to review all of the relevant information in order to have a complete picture of Pacifica’s status and your possibilities in relation to gainful employment.

  • I. Pacifica is an employee owned proprietary school through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”).  Specifically, 97.2% of its stock is owned by the ESOP. All profits of the school are paid into the ESOP to support the retirement benefits of its employees.  No stock dividends are paid.
  • II. Pacifica students have a low default rate. Specifically, as shown on the attached “Key Ratios” chart, Pacifica has an extraordinarily low loan default rate (2.5-3%) in comparison to the national average:
Year 2014 2015 2016
Pacifica’s Student Loan Default Rate 3.0% 2.9% 3.0%
National Average Student Loan Default Rate 13.7% 11.8% 11.3%

Pacifica and its students and graduates are not meaningful contributors to the nation’s student loan defaults. Also, only about 60-70% of Pacifica students are financing their education with federal student loans, even though DOE regulations permit up to 90% of our revenues to come from federal student aid. Pacifica is not among the category of problematic for-profit schools that relies nearly exclusively on federal student aid financing.

  • III. The DOE methodology for compiling GE data is necessarily generalized because DOE regulates so many different kinds of schools. Thus it cannot and does not take into account some important circumstances of a unique school like Pacifica which relate directly to the employment of Pacifica graduates. For example, a limited number of Pacifica graduates are not at full earning capacity until completing certain time consuming postgraduate requirements.

Graduates of Pacifica’s Clinical Psychology Programs (PhD and PsyD) train to become licensed as clinical psychologists, and graduates of the Counseling Psychology Program (MA) train to become Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors. For example, California, the state in which most Pacifica graduates begin their careers, requires counseling psychologists and clinical psychologists to accrue 3,000 hours and 1,500 hours, respectively, of work experience after graduation and before becoming licensed. It typically takes two to six years for counseling psychology graduates, and two to three years for clinical psychology graduates, to accrue this experience. These graduates see reduced earnings while completing their practicum experience. This is because, while engaged in practical training, preparing for licensure, a graduate typically must charge less for his or her services.

The DOE gainful employment rule applicable to Pacifica does not take into account this necessary state required delay between graduation and achieving full earning capacity for the required post-graduate residency period with respect to medical and dental school graduates. Graduates of medical and dental programs are allowed time to complete their residency and approach a more meaningful earnings potential before their gainful employment data is computed. That same treatment is not afforded to graduates of Pacifica’s programs.

IV. Additional factors relevant to likelihood of employment.

We think there are additional factors relevant to potential academic success and future employment that students and prospective students should consider.
  • A. Pacifica’s licensure exam pass rates is well above the state of California average.
  • B. Accreditation. Pacifica is an academic institution accredited by and in good standing with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and also the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
  • C. Pacifica’s graduation rate is higher than the national average. One reason for that is the flexibility Pacifica affords its student to complete all degree requirements. The DOE standard for “on time” completion does not capture the reality of Pacifica students’ status as working adults. If time for completion is extended only 6-12 months, as at Pacifica, there is a dramatic rise in the number of completers.

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 ten years is just under 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: 2009 Survey.

Overall Time To Completion: Clinical Psychology Graduates 2006–2016
Graduates Number Average Time to Completion (Years)
PhD Graduates 358 6.8 yrs *

*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.

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
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3031.00

SOC code: 25-1066- Psychology Teachers, postsecondary
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1066.00

SOC code: 11-9199- Managers, all other
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.00

Program Level: Doctorate

Program Length: 63 months

Program Time to Completion Parameters
Program *Standard Minimum *Standard Maximum **Clinical Psychology Program (Minimum) **Clinical Psychology Program (Maximum)
PhD 63 mos/5 yrs 96 mos/8 yrs 63 mos/5 yrs 96 mos/8 yrs

*Standard time to completion rates are defined by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) 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 2015-2016 Pacifica catalog.

*** Department of Education Gainful Employment “Program On-time to Completion.”

PhD Time to Completion Rates 2015-2016:

Students who completed the Clinical PhD degree between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 within the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment “Program On- Time to Completion” criterion of 63 months equaled approximately 0%. 9% completed the program between 5 and 6 years. The remaining 91% completed the program in between 6 and 9 years.

Time to Completion PhD Clinical 2014-2015
Cost for Entire PhD Program Completed within Minimum Expected Program Time based on the 2017-2018 Catalog
Estimated Total Tuition Estimated Costs for Books and Supplies
PhD (63 mos/5 yrs) $115,600 PhD (63 mos/5 yrs) $3,900

Total annual room and board charges:

Residential Fee: $8,931/ Non-Residential Fee: $4,773

Annual program direct cost information

Annual cost of attendance

PhD Debt for all graduates between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016:

Of the 32 PhD graduates who completed the program during this time, 93% completed with student loan debt.

Median cumulative debt (borrowers and non-borrowers):
Federal student loan debt: $154,717

PsyD Pacifica Graduate Institute Gainful Employment Disclosure

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
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3031.00

SOC code: 25-1066- Psychology Teachers, postsecondary
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1066.00

SOC code: 11-9199- Managers, all other
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.00

Program Level: Doctorate

Program Length: 60 months

PsyD Time to Completion Rates for 2015-2016 academic year. Program approval was effective as of the 2012-2013 academic year:

Fewer than 10 students completed the Clinical PsyD degree between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 within the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment “Program On- Time to Completion” criterion of 63 months equaled approximately 0%. 33% completed the program between 7 and 8 years. The remaining 67% completed the program in more than 9 years.

Time to Completion PhD Clinical 2015-2016
Cost for Entire PysD Program Completed within Minimum Expected Program Time Based on the 2017-2018 Catalog
Estimated Total Tuition Estimated Costs for Books and Supplies
PsyD(60 mos) $115,397 PsyD (60 mos) $6,000

Total annual room and board charges:
Residential Fee: $7,398/ Non-Residential Fee: $3,996
Annual program direct cost information

Annual Cost of Attendance

Cost Breakdown of Financial Aid

Number of graduates not reported due to privacy guidelines regarding fewer than 10 students that graduated between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016:

Median cumulative debt (borrowers and non-borrowers):

Federal student loan debt: $0

Private loan debt: $0

Institutional financing plan debt: $0