Admissions Procedures



Prospective students are asked to submit an online application at, along with a non-refundable $75 application fee. Other documents to submit include: resume, personal statement, and academic writing sample(s) to the Office of Admissions. To complete the application file, official sealed transcripts and recommendation forms with letters of recommendation attached should be forwarded to Pacifica Graduate Institute by the appropriate parties.  Clinical Psychology doctoral applicants are requested to submit documentation of all supervised clinical experience. This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students.  Due to the program model Pacifica authorizes F1 visas only for international commuter students. International students must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  All foreign degrees must be evaluated by and submitted to Pacifica's Admissions Office.


Application Deadlines

Pacifica is now accepting applications for fall 2014 in all programs. Call 805.969.3626 ext 305 to learn more.  The Admissions Committee reviews completed application files and on-campus interviews are scheduled for qualified applicants. 

Interview Procedure
Those applicants who advance to the interview stage will be invited to the campus for a group interview and an individual interview with Pacifica faculty. These interviews are scheduled in advance.  The interviews address a number of important issues concerning the applicant's potential to engage in graduate studies. These issues include past educational experience, emotional maturity, personal readiness, and experience related to the applicant's chosen program of study and future goals.


Acceptance & Enrollment
Pacifica continues to accept applications throughout the summer for Fall 2014 enrollment. Please submit your online application, along with the $75 fee so that an official file can be created for you. Once your application is complete, and recommended by the Admissions Committee, an on-campus interview is scheduled. Notifications of acceptance will be mailed after the interview.

Applicants who have been accepted must submit a registration deposit of $500 within three weeks of acceptance in order to be enrolled. The deposit is refundable in the amount of $250 should an applicant be unable to participate in the program. Those who are unable to attend the 2013-2014 academic year must submit a new application plus updated materials should they wish to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

Transfer of Credits & Prior Training
Due to the unique instructional nature of the doctoral and master's degree programs, prior coursework or training usually is not equivalent to the approach and methodology taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Additionally, because of the sequential nature of the programs, students are strongly advised against transferring in prior coursework. A maximum of eight (8) units for any external program may be transferred. Internal program M.A. to Ph.D. permit an additional ten (10) units of transfer credit. Courses taken more than four (4) years prior to the student's matriculation at Pacifica Graduate Institute will not be considered for transfer. Application for transfer credits must be made after application and prior to enrollment at Pacifica.

Only Master's level courses may be used to transfer credits in the M.A. programs. Only Doctoral level courses may be used to transfer credits in a Ph.D. program. Some exceptions may apply in the Mythological Studies Program for students who have previously completed course in other programs at Pacifica.

Additional information about transfer of credits and prior training can be obtained in the Office of Admissions. The transfer of credits is administered by the Director of Admissions prior to the first day of class.

For students eligible for education benefits through the Veterans Administration, all previous education and training will be evaluated. Credit will be awarded where appropriate and the program will be shortened accordingly. The student and the Veterans Administration will be notified promptly.