Depth Psychology: MA Program

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3087
(707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113


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M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology Emphasis

The Master's in Psychology degree offers an emphasis in depth psychology with a curriculum centered on the psychology of C. G. Jung.  Students learn the basic concepts and theories of Jungian psychology, learn basic methods and skills of in-depth work, survey worldwide cross-cultural mythological and symbolic motifs, learn research methods and group facilitation skills, complete an internship, and author a second year paper in an area of their passionate interest. Small seminars in selected topics in the second year complete the experience.

What Students Say

Students describe the program as fundamentally altering the way they experience their lives.  In addition to teaching skills in depth inquiry, teaching, group work, and facilitating transformation in individuals, it catalyzes the students’ own transformation.  The program provides a container for exploring, experimenting with, and developing new and creative parts of the self.  It calls on head and heart: it’s both academically rigorous and experientially rich.


What Graduates Do

Alumni go on to develop depth-oriented programs in the community; teach psychology at community colleges and universities; work in mental health, human resources, and community non-profits; facilitate groups; pursue doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, depth psychology, and mythological studies; and deepen their engagement in their family, work, and community lives.

The skills developed in the program are useful for anyone who desires to work with others on a deeper level, teachers and facilitators particularly. Activists in community work, ecology and nature-based programs, rites of passage work, community ritual, and art find that the program inspires them and engages their initiative. Those with a vision of a society grounded in community may find that the program offers them skills and a vocabulary to bring their vision into the world in their particular field of interest.

Our Identity Statement

We are a community of reflective engaged learners who integrate scholarship and embodied practices, with the goal of contributing in reflective, creative and transformative ways to community life.

We draw from cross-cultural insights to teach skills in depth inquiry practices, rituals of personal and cultural transformation, and ecological awareness.

We seek to contribute to thriving cultural forms that promote soulful and sustainable living.


Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

  • Knowledge Base in Depth Psychology
  • Describes the major theories, research methods, or practices in the field, and implements at least two of them through a paper or project.

  • Demonstrates a synthetic understanding of how specific ideas and concepts are linked, affect and are affected by, other specific ideas and concepts, resulting in a coherent and integrative understanding of the field of depth psychology.
  • Depth Inquiry Practices and Skills
  • Demonstrates curiosity toward physiological, somatic, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, and perceptual experiences, demonstrating the ability to question, explore and inquire about experience without the necessity for direct or immediate action.
  • Demonstrates fluency in the use of skills and inquiry methods to access and explore experience. 
  • Demonstrates skills in self-observation and witnessing of physiological, somatic, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, and perceptual experiences and behaviors, noting how these experiences and behaviors might change with, and as a result of, depth inquiry practices and skills.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of ethical issues that may arise with the use of depth inquiry practices and skills, both for oneself and in usage with others, and demonstrates knowledge in adapting techniques to specialized groups or specific individuals.
  • Self-Knowledge and Self-Reflection
  • Demonstrates knowledge about one’s experiences, including typical modes of perceiving, evaluating, feeling, thinking, making decisions, and relating to the inner and outer world.
  • Demonstrates the ability to self-regulate internal experience, including skills in mindfulness, meditation, breathing, self-talk, and self-care.
  • Demonstrates the ability to express internal experience in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Demonstrates the capacity to differentiate between one’s own and other’s experiences.
  • Demonstrates the capacity to assess the impact of one’s behavior on others.
  • Cultural Reflection
  • Describes his or her own cultural backgrounds, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, sexual identity, religion, nationality, civic identity, age, ability; in an appreciative and questioning stance that includes descriptions of origins, assumptions, predispositions, and development.
  • Describes a cultural shadow or cultural complex resulting from identification with one or more cultural identities, describes how it shows itself to others, and assesses its dynamics by applying a theoretical psychological framework to it.
  • Assesses and develops a position on a psychological cultural question, taking into account cultural practices, informed scholarship, and narratives of relevant groups.
  • Describes how knowledge from different cultural perspectives and indigenous traditions informs the knowledge, practices, and applications of the field.
  • Applied Learning
  • Creates a project, paper, or practice reflecting the application of knowledge or skills acquired through study to a specific object, person, group, setting, or cultural context.
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Takes an active role in a community context and examines the psychological issues encountered and the insights gained from the community experience.
  • Collaborates with others in developing and implementing a depth psychological approach to a psychological cultural issue, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and, where applicable, the results.
  • Analytical Skills
  • Differentiates and evaluates theories, methods, or approaches to an issue or context.
  • Analyzes, adapts, reformulates, uses central ideas, concepts and techniques.
  • Fluency in Verbal and Written Communication
  • Creates sustained and coherent arguments, narratives, descriptions, explanations, or reflections of work, in two or more media, to general and specialized audiences.
  • Use of Information Resources
  • Provides adequate evidence through papers and projects of assessing, contributing to, or refining an information base or resource.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites are in child or adult development, personality, abnormal psychology, and research methods.  Competency equivalents are discussed with the Program Coordinator, Laurel McCabe.


The accreditation process offers assurance that academic programs meet the specific educational standards of the accrediting body. While there is no accrediting body for depth psychology academic programs (as there are, for example, for counseling and clinical programs), the program is accredited through Sonoma State's institutional accreditation, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3087
Phone (707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113

Special Sessions Degree Coordinator

School of Extended & International Education, Stevenson Hall 1012
Phone (707) 664-2682 |

Fax (707) 664-2613

Information Meeting

Algeria White LadyAttend the next program Information Meeting in Stevenson Hall 3042 on Sat April 7, 2-4 pm.

Accepting Applications

de AlchimiaWe are accepting applications for fall 2018 admission online through Cal State Apply.

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Class of 2017The graduating master's students presented their culminating work on Thursday May 18, 2017 in the Cooperage.