Admission FAQ's

1. How do I apply to Pacifica?
2. What is the application deadline?
3. When does school start? Do you have quarterly admissions? If I am accepted to the program this year can I defer my enrollment?
4. Must I take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in order to apply to Pacifica?
5. How many pages should my personal statement be?
6.Can I apply to Pacifica while still completing my B.A. or M.A. degree?
7. What is the general format of classes?
8. How much work is required outside of class?
9. Is Financial Aid available? How do I apply for Financial Aid?

admissions team

 


1. How do I apply to Pacifica?

You can securely APPLY ONLINE HERE or download and complete an admissions application packet, CLICK HERE.
Call: 805.969.3626 ext. 305 for any questions regarding the application process.
Email:admissions@pacifica.edu

 


2. What is the application deadline?

Pacifica is now accepting applications for spring 2014 in its two hybrid/online programs. Pacifica is also enrolling in select programs for a Winter 2014 start. Call 805.969.3626 ext 305 to learn more. Notification letters will be mailed upon completion of the in-person interview. We highly recommend that you submit your application early to ensure you have time to prepare for your graduate studies as well as apply for Financial Aid. Please submit your application, along with the $75 fee so that an official file can be created for you. Once your application is complete, and as recommended by the Admissions Committee, a required on-campus interview is scheduled. Notifications of acceptance will be mailed shortly after the interview. To complete the application process, applicants must submit all required documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation. For admissions questions and information, please call, 805.969.3626 x 305 for Wendy Overend, Ph.D., Director of Admissions. 

 


3. When does school start? Do you have quarterly admissions? If I am accepted to the program this year can I defer my enrollment?

Pacifica enrolls new students annually each year in the fall for all programs, and additionally every late February for the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program and every April for the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies program. An applicant's acceptance to any of the degree programs is for the 2013-2014 academic year only and cannot be deferred.

 


6. Must I take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in order to apply to Pacifica?

No. The GRE is not an admissions requirement.

 


5. How many pages should my personal statement be?

Your personal statement is a very important part of your application and there is no specific minimum or maximum number of pages required. For some, one page is sufficient. Two or three also are fine; however, for others five or more may be appropriate.

 


6. Can I apply to Pacifica while still completing my B.A. or M.A. degree?

Yes, you can. However, your acceptance would be conditional upon the completion of this degree prior to your matriculation to Pacifica.

 


7. What is the general format of classes?

The classes are usually a combination of 3-4 days of lecture and discussion. While faculty present lectures, time also is set aside for discussion or question and answer periods. Some classes include experiential work and group or individual presentations.

 


8. How much work is required outside of class?

Class assignments consist of readings, papers, and/or projects. For the master's program in Counseling Psychology, for every hour in class there are approximately two hours of work outside of class between each class session. For the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program, a blended online/distance-learning program, students will have a minimum of 15-20 hours of work outside of class time for each online week. For the doctoral programs approximately 20 hours of work per week is a reasonable expectations for reading, writing, and researching papers before returning for the next class session. However, the amount of time a student invests in his or her course work will vary a good deal and will depend upon a variety of factors such as learning style and study habits. Many students work full time while attending classes at Pacifica.

 


9. Is Financial Aid available? How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Yes, Pacifica is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Stafford & Grad Plus Loan Program. All students who wish to apply for the Federal Stafford & Grad Plus Loan are required by the Department of Education to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form each year of enrollment. The FAFSA form is available on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students need to include Pacifica's school code (G31268) to ensure the results of one's application are forwarded to the school. Please visit Pacifica's Financial Aid page at http://www.pacifica.edu/financial_aid.aspx for more information.