Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization, M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Application fee waiver; $10,000 tuition waiver per year for the three years of on-campus coursework; 5 units of credit for fieldwork (DPC 783), if service in the Peace Corps has been in the last 4 years. Accepted Coverdell students will not need to pay for these 5 units.

Program Description

Our program’s interdependent perspective forges interdisciplinary transformative approaches to our individual, community, cultural, and ecological challenges. We believe that all social and environmental transformation has a psychological dimension; and that human suffering and well-being have social and environmental dimensions. We place depth psychological theories and practices in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, cultural studies, indigenous psychologies, and psychologies of liberation. To study in the light of eco-liberation psychology is to explore the profound effects of injustice, violence, and the exploitation of others and nature on psychological, communal, and ecological well-being. It is a commitment to create paths to dynamic peacebuilding, social and environmental justice, and sustainability. Our praxis classes mentor students in creative and dialogical group approaches, in participatory action research, and program evaluation.  Through mentored externship opportunities, Fellows learn to apply and extend their Peace Corp experience to community and ecopsychological work in the U.S., gaining knowledge and experience in the particular areas of their vocational calling. 

Students do not need to live in California. Pre-dissertation, students study on campus three consecutive days a month, nine months a year, for three years, and engage in fieldwork and research in the summer.


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Applicants must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from an accredited or state-approved institution of higher learning. Applicants must also demonstrate aptitude in the following areas: a background in psychology through formal coursework or personal study and experience; a background in interdisciplinary studies, such as the humanities, sciences, and social sciences; a demonstrated interest and ability in scholarly research; and a familiarity with the perspectives of depth psychology. We are seeking applicants who have a broad range of community change experiences that can enrich the classroom experience, and who are committed to building on these to create lifelong vocations for social change and ecological stewardship.

Prospective students are asked to submit an online application at The fee is waived for Coverdell Program applicants. 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.

For admissions information, please contact: 
Alyson Alexandar
Senior Admissions Counselor
Office of Admissions
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
805-969-3626, ext. 307
[email protected]

Program Contacts

Tracie Teague
Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid

249 Lambert Rd.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

805-969-3626, ext. 137


[email protected]