Ph.D. Mythological Studies Gainful Employment

The Mythological Studies program attracts people from a wide range of fields. In addition to those students with traditional academic backgrounds in the humanities, we have doctors, lawyers, therapists, corporate executives, military service, and other areas of endeavor that enrich our community. Given the diversity of our students, there is a wide range of applications of the degree relevant to the graduate’s chosen field. These include deepening previous professional activities, finding new and creative ways of developing expertise in those areas, as well as making radical shifts in terms of employment and personal growth and development.

The degree is also appropriate for any position that requires an interdisciplinary degree in the humanities. Administrative positions in humanities programs, arts foundations, and other culturally-oriented organizations can value such a degree. Positions in the field of publishing may also be an option. Some graduates have used their degree in consulting fields such as organizational development.

Teaching at the community college level in literature or the humanities is a possible career option for students who earn the M.A. or Ph.D. degree. Some of our graduates also teach at the four-year college or university level primarily in part-time or adjunct positions. Teaching at non-traditional post-secondary institutions is also a viable option. These kinds of settings can include Jung Institutes, adult education or extension programs, and free-standing schools—such as Pacifica— that teach specialized subjects such as depth psychology, mythology and religious studies.

Persons in religious work—clergy and those not ordained—can find this field of study enriching to their calling. In addition, writers, artists, film makers, and performers have found their options enhanced for employment and creative work. Any endeavor involving international relations and development greatly benefit from the global, multicultural orientation of the curriculum.

Beyond the options listed, many of our students develop unexpected and creative applications of the degree to their career, finding new or deepened areas of interest within the program. Our alumni web page ( ) highlights some of their stories.

Time to Completion

Like many Pacifica students, those in Mythological Studies often do not need or want to complete a graduate degree within a certain time frame. Most of them (78%) who complete the MA degree, which is PhD-related, do so within the 36 month period considered standard for any master’s degree by our accreditation agency. Those who pass the comprehensive exam and complete the dissertation required for a PhD typically take longer, with 52% completing within 6 years and 48% within 8 years.

These rates compare favorably with the national median completion time of 9.5 years for doctorate programs in the humanities, as reported by National Science Foundation, 2009 Survey of Earned Doctorates:

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, completion rate averages are lengthened by those students who need to re-enter the program.

Overall Time To Completion: Myth Graduates 2003–2012

Myth Graduates

Number of Students

Average Time to Completion (Years)

PhD Graduates



*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: Mythological Studies
CIP for program: 24.0103
This program prepares students for the following career: SOC code: 25-1199- Postsecondary Teachers, all other:
Program Level: Master/Doctorate

Program Time to Completion Parameter


*Standard Minimum

*Standard Maximum

**Myth Program Minimum

***Gainful Employment

**Myth Program Time Limit



60 mos/5 yrs

96 mos/8 yrs

60 mos/5yrs

96 mos/ 8yrs 

*Standard time to completion rates are defined by WASC (Western Accreditation Schools & Colleges) as standard for any graduate program at any academic institution.

**The Myth program is designed to be completed in 24 months for the MA degree and 60 months for the MA/PhD, as published in the 2011-12 Pacifica catalog.

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

PhD Time to Completion 2011-2012:

Students who completed the MA/PhD program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 within the Department of Education Gainful Employment "Program On-time to Completion" reported equaled approximately 7%. An additional 43% completed within 6 years, equaling 50% of these graduates completing in 6-8 years. 

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Cost for Entire Program Completed in Minimum Expected Completion Time

Estimated Total Tuition

Estimated Costs for Books and Supplies

PhD (60 mos/5 yrs) $105,936

PhD (60 mos/ 5yrs) $6,500

Total annual room and board charges:
Residential Fee: $5,340, Non-Residential Fee: $3,008

Annual program direct cost information:

Annual cost of attendance: 

PhD Debt for all graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:

Out of the 27 students who completed the program during this time, 19 completed with student loan debt.

Median cumulative debt (borrowers and non-borrowers):
Federal student loan debt: $32,375
Private loan debt: $0
Institutional financing plan debt: $0


Updated 2/26/2013