Depth Psychology: MA Program

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3092A
(707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113


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Admission to the M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology Emphasis

Download an Application

You may download a complete pdf version of the application here. The application includes application to the University as well as to the Psychology Department's M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology emphasis.

Mail the application and materials to:

M.A. in Psychology, Sonoma State University
Stevenson Hall 1012, School of Extended & International Education
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609


Request an Application

To have an application mailed to you, please email your name and mailing address, with your request, to the Graduate Administrative Specialist in the School of Extended & International Education, or phone (707) 664-2682. You may also pick up an application in the department office in Stevenson Hall 3092. The application includes application to the University as well as to the Psychology Department's M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology emphasis. WE DO NOT TAKE ONLINE APPLICATIONS--applications must be mailed in.

Deadline for Application

We begin accepting applications for fall 2015 admission in the fall of 2014. We encourage you to submit your application by January 31, 2015, which is the priority deadline. While the cutoff date for applications for fall admission is May 31, 2015, we accept applications only until we reach our maximum enrollment.

Fall Admissions

We accept students only for fall admission. We do not defer admission to the following year.

M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology Admission Requirements

The criteria for application and acceptance into the M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology program are the following:

  • B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in the last 60 units of coursework.
  • Competency in written and oral expression, as demonstrated by the coherence of the personal statement, and an oral interview.
  • Emotional maturity, as demonstrated in the personal written statement, life experiences, and oral interview.
  • Readiness for graduate work, as evidenced through 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Completion of specified prerequisite coursework in psychology with a minimum grade of B, or approved competency equivalents. A maximum of 9 units may be lower division courses completed at a community college. The courses must be completed before the first day of classes in late August.
  • Self-reflectiveness as evidenced in the description of symbolic process.
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Program Prerequisites

Psychology Course Prerequisites

  • Development (this may include Child, Lifespan, or Adult, and could include Psychology of Aging; Jungian Psychology; or Psychology of Women)
  • Abnormal Psychology / Psychopathology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology (may include qualitative or narrative methods, as well as quantitative; qualitative methods are primarily used in the program)
  • Minimum grade of B in prerequisites

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Symbolic process involves personal expression in symbolic forms (art, dreamwork, poetry, myth, sandplay, for example) and reflection on that expression for personal growth. Undergraduate courses offered in Sonoma State's Psychology Department, such as Myth, Dream, and Symbol; Jungian Psychology; Introduction to Art Therapy; and selected Psychology 490 seminars meet the requirements for symbolic process. Therapeutic dreamwork also meets this requirement. We’re interested in the applicant's self-reflectiveness and the meaning the applicant makes in the context of the life development.

Enrolling at SSU or SRJC for Prerequisites

If you're planning to take prerequisite courses at a Junior College such as Santa Rosa Junior College, or at Sonoma State, check their websites for information on admission, application and semester schedules. This is especially important given the budget cuts that the California higher education system is experiencing. SSU courses may be taken through Open University. SSU offers a December-January Intersession as well as a Summer session, with enrollment through Extended Education; these do not require advance application.

In the spring of 2015, SSU Psychology department will offer these courses that meet the prereqs:

Developmental: Psy 302, Lifespan Development; Psy 408, Transitions in Adult Development; Psy 410, Child Development; Psy 411, Behavioral & Emotional Problems of Children; Psy 412, Adolescent Development; Psy 421, Psychology of Aging; Psy 425, Psychopathology; Psy 490.3, Infant Development.

Personality: Psy 461, Personality.

Research Methods: Psy 280, Intro to Research Methods.

Symbolic Work: Psy 322, Myth Dream & Symbol; Psy 431, Intro to Art Therapy; Psy 466, Jungian Psychology.

On-line Coursework

Some students avail themselves of on-line Psychology courses to meet the academic prerequisites. UC Berkeley, Foothill College, and other colleges and universities offer on-line courses that accommodate distance learning.


Applicants should send one official transcript from each school attended to the M.A. in Psychology office in the School of Extended and International Education. Request official transcripts as soon as possible as they can take 3-8 weeks to arrive. If you have prior academic work at Sonoma State, it's not necessary to send an offical copy of these transcripts as Admissions and Records will pull your records from their files. If your transcript is from a non-English speaking institution, estimate 1 - 2 months for translation and evaluation.

Mail official transcripts to:

M.A. in Psychology
Stevenson Hall 1012, School of Extended & International Education
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Some colleges are moving to online transcript transmission. At this time, SSU is accepting electronic transcripts from four sources:

  • CSU Mentor
  • Docufide
  • Naviance
  • Parchment

Please indicate on your application which colleges may be sending e-transcripts by writing "e-trans" next to the name of the college so we can better track them.

In order for your transcript to be considered official by our Admissions staff, it must be sent to the default e-mail when you request an e-transcript from one of these sources. If the request form requires you to enter an e-mail address when you select Sonoma State as the recipient, you may use

Remember that we need two copies of your transcript(s) to complete your application, one for the Admissions Office and one for the student file kept by the program to which you are applying. You may choose one of the following options:

  1. Request one e-transcript to be sent to the SSU default and a second e-transcript to be sent to the program coordinator's e-mail, as per the information given on the program's Admission page;
  2. Request one e-copy and one official sealed paper copy, both to program coordinator; or
  3. Request two official sealed paper copies to be sent to the program coordinator.

At this time, SSU is not issuing e-transcripts to other colleges.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation should be from those who know the applicant in a meaningful way. When possible, we ask for at least one recommendation from an academic teacher and one from a supervisor from the work setting. For undergraduates, three academic letters are fine. Mail letters of recommendation to:

M.A. in Psychology
Stevenson Hall 1012, School of Extended & International Education
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Financial Aid

Sonoma State offers loans and selected scholarships to Master's students. Students may be eligible for university scholarships, external scholarships through foundations and other sources, federal work-study, Perkins loans, and Direct Loans. Students are eligible for federal veterans educational benefits sponsored by the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Because M.A. in Psychology students are not charged state fees to attend the program, students are not eligible for funds from state university grants, Cal Grants or the state veterans fee waiver program.

The FAFSA is required for financial aid and should be completed early in the calendar year (January or February) for the best financial aid packages. In order to ensure timely processing for the fall semester, applications for financial aid should be completed at the time of application to the Master's program--if the applicant does not enroll in the fall semester, the package can be declined. On-line application is the fastest way to apply.

We welcome international students in the program. Students on F1 or J1 visas may apply for university scholarships which are offered on an annual basis, but international students are not eligible for U.S. Government or California state financial aid. If you plan to enter the U.S. on an F1 or J1 visa, certificates of eligibility (form I-20 or DS-2019) for obtaining the visa cannot be issued until you have proven the ability to provide full financial support for the first year of your stay at Sonoma State. See the University International Student website for more information.

Returning second year Master's students may apply to selected Psychology Department scholarships. For students presenting their work at national and international academic conferences, the James L. Jarrett Award is a competitive award providing monetary recognition for their accomplishments.

Students receiving financial aid must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, with no Incompletes carried into the next semester, to ensure continued financial aid. A course Incomplete places a student on Academic Probation; the Incomplete must be completed the semester following the course in order to qualify for future financial aid. A maximum of 45 post-baccalaureate academic units are eligible for financial aid. See the Financial Aid website for more information on satisfactory academic progress, maximum units, and disqualification.

International Students

We welcome international students into the program. For information on visa requirements and financial support eligibility, visit the University International Student website.

Questions and Inquiries

Contact the Program Coordinator, Laurel McCabe, for questions about the program, prerequisites, competency equivalents for the prerequisite courses, as well as the symbolic process prerequisite. Potential applicants are sometimes advised to take psychology or art therapy courses offered at Sonoma State, either during the regular semester, or during January Intersession and Summer Session, through Open University. Prerequisites must be completed before the start of classes in August.

Application Deadlines

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We begin accepting applications for fall 2015 admission in the fall of 2014. We encourage you to submit your application by January 31, 2015, which is the priority deadline for fall admission. All applications for Fall 2015 must be received by May 31, 2015. Early application maximizes your chances for fall enrollment. WE DO NOT TAKE ONLINE APPLICATIONS--applications must be mailed.

We accept students for fall admission only. We do not defer admission to the following year. We do not offer part-time progress toward the degree.

It is up to the applicant to make timely inquiries about the status of their application regarding transcripts and letters of recommendation. We make initial evaluations and then schedule personal interviews. We notify applicants of acceptance by mail following the personal interviews.


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