Pacifica Graduate Institute


Distance Learning at Pacifica Graduate Institute Online

The mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to provide graduate degree programs and to foster research in the fields of psychology and the humanities framed in the traditions of depth psychology. The Institute seeks to fulfill this purpose by creating an educational environment which nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences while fostering a spirit of free and open inquiry consistent with the recognized values of academic freedom, including convenient distance learning with the classes and courses offered through Pacifica Graduate Institute Online programs.

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Pacifica has developed unique educational formats which are particularly well-suited to individuals who wish to pursue graduate education while continuing their existing professional and personal commitments. The blended online/low-residency format brings the best of Pacifica to learners around the globe.

Attracting Students from Around the World at Pacifica Graduate Institute Online

Pacifica's internationally recognized and accredited graduate programs attract students from around the world. Interdisciplinary in orientation and practice, the degree programs reflect an understanding of the complementary relationships between several established academic traditions. At Pacifica the science of psychology is enhanced by the study of the world's literature, religion, art and mythology. Course work in mythological studies is complemented by the tradition of depth psychology in the context of historical, social, cultural, political, and ecological issues.

Faculty Teaching Pacifica Graduate Institute Online Courses

The members of Pacifica's faculty bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom. As leaders in the fields of depth psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies, the members of Pacifica's faculty include authors of international acclaim, renowned lecturers, practicing psychologists, active psychotherapists, registered nurses, theologians, and philosophers. They all share a passion for education and are dedicated to working with adult learners.

Technology and Support

Pacifica's Information Technology department is committed to advancing the use of technology to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the educational experience for our students, faculty, and staff. Students have access to an impressive array of educational resources on Pacifica's two campuses.


Pacifica Graduate Institute was first accredited on June 30, 1997 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, specifically the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. On June 24, 2010, Pacifica received its reaffirmation of accreditation.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the US Department of Education for participation in the Federal Loan Programs. Along with providing loan opportunities to students, Pacifica offers scholarships such as the annual Pacifica scholarship. Pacifica is also a proud participant in the Segal AmeriCorps Matching Education Award program and has entered into agreement with the Veteran's Administration in support of veterans continuing their education under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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