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, are handled by the School of Extended & International Education.


Admission to the program is based on individual review of your application materials.

Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the application process will be moving online to Cal State Apply and further instructions will be provided as soon as they are available.

Application materials and criteria will remain the same but the method of sending them may change.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 1 for the following Fall semester. Please note these important dates:

January 15, 2018 – Submit completed applications to be considered for available grants and scholarships. Applications for scholarships must be submitted separately; contact the SSU Scholarship Office for details.

February 28, 2018 – International applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application by the end of February to allow for the additional time required to assess and process international documents and to initiate immigration paperwork.

March 2, 2018 - Federal and State priority deadline for Financial Aid applications. Application period opens October 1; earlier is better than later!

March 30, 2018 – Submit Fall 2017 program applications for guaranteed evaluation. After this date, petitions for late application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, program space and processing time permitting. Please submit the Admissions Appeals form with a late application.

July 5, 2018 – Enrollment Reservation Deposit (ERD) of $200 for Fall programs due. (This amount is deducted from your Fall tuition.)

Information about your application's progress can be found on your MySSU student account, or by contacting the SEIE Admissions Specialist, James Peavler, phone 707-664-2682.


Registration for program classes is accomplished through the School of Extended & International Education. Instructions will be provided to accepted students.