M.A. Psychology, Depth Psychology Emphasis

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 SEIE Admissions 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.


Registration for Spring 2018 will begin on November 13 by appointment. Please visit the SEIE Registration Basics page for instructions.

You must register for all of the courses listed for your year in the program. You will need the 4-digit class codes from the course list, below. NOTE: as of December 14, one more 1-unit class is still TBD.

  • 2nd Year Students: you will not be able to register for the shaded courses until the details have been firmed up. We will post updates as they become available.

Spring 2018 MA Psychology Depth Emphasis Course List Final: Second year students, note updates for PSY 576 courses.