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Application for Admission

Thank you so much for considering Pacifica Graduate Institute for your place of graduate studies. To get started with the application process, please fill out the form on your right. You will then be taken to our self-service my.pacifica.edu portal where you can finish entering your information. As we celebrate graduation week at Pacifica, the $75 application fee will be WAIVED from May 22-25.  You do not need a user name or password to fill out the application and there is no ability to 'save' your application, so please be sure to fill out all appropriate fields. Reach out to us with any questions at 805.879.7305.

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

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Upon completion of the online application you will receive a program specific check list of items to submit to Pacifica.  To preview the requirements, click each section for more details.

Transcript(s)

Official Transcripts showing the completion of your undergraduate degree and graduate degree(s) when applicable.

Letters of Recommendation

Two signed Letters of Recommendation and the Admissions Recommendation forms for the MA programs and Three signed Letters of Recommendation and the Admissions Recommendation forms for the MA/PhD, PhD and PsyD programs; one academic, one professional, and one academic or professional. Please note that the recommender must sign both the letter of recommendation and the recommendation form. You are encouraged to consider signing the waiver statement that appears on each recommendation form as a means of providing confidentiality for your references. Click here to download the form.

Resume

List all previous and present work experience, including appropriate dates and job descriptions. Include lists of the following, if applicable: areas of research interest; professional and clinical licenses held; clinical settings in which you have worked, and in what capacity; any publications you have to your credit, where they appeared, and dates published.

Personal Statement

Please describe your professional and academic areas of interest related to depth psychology and your program of interest, and discuss how this degree would advance your professional and academic goals. Address your potential for success in the program, including anticipated strengths and challenges, and add any other information you feel is important for the Admissions Committee to consider.

Writing Sample

MA in Engaged Humanities: Please submit an academic writing sample, preferably pertaining to mythology, religious studies, literature, psychology, or the arts. The piece may be a term paper you have written in the past, a publication, a work in progress, or a new piece of work. The writing sample should be at least 4-7 pages in length. MA in Counseling Psychology: As a therapist, you will need to have the ability to succinctly capture the beauty and complexity of a counseling session within a few short sentences in your clinical notes. This short writing sample is an opportunity for you to show your ability to capture an experience of psyche with a minimum of words. Please submit a 300 word essay where you describe your experience with a creative work (movie, book, poem, short story, etc.) and its meaning and significance to you. MA/PhD in Mythological Studies: Please submit an academic writing sample, preferably pertaining to mythology, religious studies, literature, psychology, or the art. The piece may be a term paper you have written in the past, a publication, a work in progress, or a new piece of work. This paper should be a minimum of 10 pages For all other MA/PhD, PhD and PsyD programs: Please submit an example of a graduate or undergraduate paper. This paper should demonstrate critical thinking skills and capacity for research. This could include a research paper, relevant published article, or the literature review chapter from an M.A. or honors thesis. We recommend submitting an 8-10 page academic research paper written in APA style with citations and a minimum of 3 references.

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