Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica Graduate Institute

M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life


249 Lambert Road,

Carpinteria, CA 93110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Humanities

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

This program asks both: what do you want to do creatively and what do you want to do academically? At a fundamental level, to study the Humanities is to study being human by investigating literature, the arts, philosophy, history, religion, and other inherently human interests. Pacifica's program in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life goes further to examine how individuals can be active and powerful in the world through the study of creativity and culture. Pacifica's Humanities program invites students in the visual, performing, narrative, studio, and media arts; the creative side of advertising, marketing, and product development; teachers of art, literature, and the humanities; professionals in creative fields such as architecture, interior design, and fashion, and the film, television, and music industries; and any others who want to live and work more creatively, or foster creativity in themselves and others. The program culminates in the completion of a substantial creative project or portfolio. Learning Format: The M.A. Program in Engaged Humanities takes advantage of distance-learning technology that allows students to work and learn in their home environments. Additionally, four times each year, they gather on the Pacifica's Santa Barbara campus for an expanded week in residence. These four day retreats focus on face-to-face engagement between the program’s faculty and the Humanities cohort. There is time for community-building through shared meals, social events, film screenings and art viewings, guest lectures, and circle councils.


All of Pacifica's seven (7) graduate degree programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Eligibility Requirements:

All prospective students must have received their bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the start of their first quarter.

International Student Requirements:

International students must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted to Pacifica's Admissions Office.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 48

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Loans are available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). School Code G31268

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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