School of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Fellows selected for the program will receive $1,750 per quarter for up to 10 quarters. Students do not pay for any waived credits.

Program Description

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program offers distinctive and comprehensive training in the art, science, and practice of marriage and family therapy, and professional clinical counseling. As preparation for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, this rigorous academic program emphasizes both theoretical understanding and experiential training in clinical skills.

Students in the program pursue two and a half years of coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, Theory and Praxis, and Humanities and Depth Traditions.

Research studies prepare students to explore and contribute to the continuing development of scholarship within the field.

Supervised practicum traineeship provides students the opportunity to apply clinical counseling techniques in a clinical setting. Students continue to learn multi-theoretical perspectives and supervisory styles while working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Interdisciplinary courses in literature, mythology, religion, and culture deepen students’ ability to link archetypal themes to sociopolitical and personal issues in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

A sense of community is established as new students join a cohort of like-minded students in classes that take place in three-day sessions approximately once each month during fall, winter, and spring quarters, and a seven-day summer session.


Applicants must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree from a regionally accredited or state-approved institution of higher learning. The program values individuals whose backgrounds include work in social, religious, or human services; academic training in psychology or the humanities; and experience in personal therapy. Successful applicants will also exhibit a curiosity about the psyche and demonstrate respect for the diversity of life and human experience.

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 writing sample to the Office of Admissions. To complete the application file, official sealed transcripts and two letters of recommendation with recommendation forms should be forwarded to Pacifica Graduate Institute by the appropriate parties.  Upon the Admissions Committee’s review and recommendation, applicants will be invited to an admissions interview.

Program Contacts

Lori Myers, M.S.

Senior Admissions Counselor

Office of Admissions

249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA  93013

805-969-3626, ext. 320


[email protected]