M.A. Psychology, Depth Psychology Emphasis

Applications for Fall 2019 are being accepted via petition on a space-available/processing time basis. Please see the SEIE Graduate Applications link to the left for graduate application information. Admission criteria can be found on the MA Psychology: Depth Admissions page.

About the Program

The M.A. Psychology Depth Psychology Emphasis Program at Sonoma State University is a two-year program designed to develop skills in depth inquiry practices, rituals of personal and cultural transformation, and ecological awareness. A cohort of students moves through the coursework together, forming a rich learning community.

The program sponsors a monthly Saturday lecture series open to the public that invites noted authors, therapists, and practitioners to come and discuss their work. Past presentations have included discussions of emotion and the archetypal imagination; spirituality; archetypal masculine and feminine; sandplay case studies; images of enlightenment; and psychological initiation.

This Special Sessions program is a partnership between SSU's Psychology Department and the School of Extended & International Education (SEIE). As a self-support program, unique, separate fees are charged on a per-unit basis for all courses required for this program. These fees are set annually by the SSU President. Information about fees, admission requirements, and student support services is available through SEIE. Academic criteria for the program are determined in accordance with all applicable SSU and CSU policies. Degrees are awarded by the School of Social Sciences.

Information about the program and its curriculum is maintained on the MA in Psychology Depth Psychology Emphasis web page. Please direct inquiries about the program to Laurel McCabe, the Faculty Coordinator.

Administrative matters, such as registration (see below), are handled by the School of Extended & International Education; please contact Beth Warner with questions, at 707-664-3977, beth.warner@sonoma.edu.

Admission Requirements

See the MA in Psychology Depth Psychology Emphasis Admissions page for further information about criteria and supporting documentation.

Application Process

  • As of the Fall 2018 admission cycle, the application process is moving online to Cal State Apply.
  • Please visit our Graduate Application page before applying. This page includes:
    • Pointers on how to use the Cal State Apply site
    • Important dates and deadlines
    • Information about Financial Aid
    • Information for international applicants

As this is a new process, please work closely with Dr. Laurel McCabe, the Faculty Coordinator, laurel.mccabe@sonoma.edu, and with our Admissions Specialist, James Peavler, 707-664-2682, james.peavler@sonoma.edu.

Application Materials

Your application materials will be assessed by both Sonoma State Admissions and by the department to determine your eligibility. Early application is encouraged in order to take advantage of financial aid opportunities and to allow time for assessment of your application, and for international students, to follow visa processing guidelines.


Program Classes

Fall 2019 MA Psychology Depth Emphasis Course List: as of April 10, 2019

Fall 2019 Registration

  • The PDF above lists Fall 2019 course information. You will need the 4-digit class codes to register for all classes listed for your group.
  • Register online through MySSU according to appointment times beginning April 29. Your appointment is listed in MySSU.
  • Remember to pay especial attention to Holds and Financial Aid To-Dos.
  • When you are ready to register go back to the SEIE Registration Basics page and scan through it to make sure you have completed all preliminary steps, then click on the Register Now button at the bottom of the page.
  • Not yet updated: Registration windows and payment dates can be found on our Registration Dates and Deadlines page.

Project Continuation

Students who have completed all the program coursework but who have not yet finished all requirements for the degree must maintain continuous enrollment until completion.

This is accomplished via registering for one of the classes below to maintain access to the SSU library and advising support.

Important! Students on Project Continuation will need to officially change their graduation date with the Records office. See the Graduate Studies Office forms page for instructions.

Consult with the Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Laurel McCabe, laurel.mccabe@sonoma.edu to determine the correct class to sign up for, and to obtain a permission code to allow you to register.

  • PSY 578: Project Continuation (1 unit) Designed for students working on their thesis or master's project but who have otherwise completed all graduate coursework toward their degree. This course cannot be applied toward the minimum number of units needed for completion of the master's degree. Prerequisite: permission of the graduate coordinator. Cr/NC only. Up to 3 semesters of 578 may be taken. Not financial aid eligible.
  • PSY 515: Psychological Writing (3 units) For students who have not completed their article within the 3 semesters of PSY 578. Advanced instruction in the analysis, organization, style, and content of psychological writing, including personal explorations. Financial aid eligible.
  • PSY 599: Master's Thesis (3 units) For students who have completed PSY 578 and 515. A Master's Thesis or investigative project under the guidance of the thesis chair. Prerequisite: advancement to Candidacy. Financial aid eligible if one more unit is added (4 units minimum required).

Registration process: You will register online through MySSU according to current SEIE dates and deadlines. Enter the permission code you were given under the Edit tab on the Enrollment screen. See screen shot.

Questions regarding registration can be directed to the SEIE front desk, 707-664-2394, Monday--Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.