Pacifica Graduate Institute Online

Pacifica Graduate Institute began in 1976 with a nine-month paraprofessional certificate program in counseling skills. Their first master’s degree program was offered in 1982, and their first doctoral program was offered in 1987. They have since expanded to offer a number of master’s and doctoral degree programs focusing primarily on psychology and mythological studies. Pacifica Graduate Institute Online was launched in 2005.

Programs Offered

Pacifica Graduate Institute Online offers one degree program entirely over the Internet, and two hybrid programs that combine classroom and online learning. The Master of Arts in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program is offered entirely online and in a hybrid format. The program combines intellect with the creative side of many areas, including the performing arts, media, literature, and the humanities. Their other hybrid program is a Master of Arts/Doctorate in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal studies. This program focuses on the human psyche in both the personal and collective aspects.


Pacifica Graduate Institute was granted eligibility status for accreditation in 1991. Then, after a six-year process of self-study, assessment, and evaluations, they were accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities in 1997.


Pacifica Graduate Institute Online requires all applicants to pay an application fee, and submit their resume, a personal statement, sealed transcripts, letters of recommendation, and samples of their academic writing. As students advance through the application process, they will be required to submit to an interview with members of the Pacifica faculty. Applicants for the Master of Arts in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life must have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution and display advanced writing skills. Pacifica looks for these applicants to have an academic background in areas such as social sciences, psychology, and humanities. Master of Arts in Depth Psychology must also have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited institution, and Pacifica looks for these applicants to show competence in scholarly research, interdisciplinary studies, and perspectives of depth psychology.

Admissions Contacts

Pacifica Graduate Institute Online
Admissions Office
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
805-969-3626 ext. 305

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