The Sofia Difference - What makes the Global MATP program unique?

Our two-year Global Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (G-MATP) degree program offers an exciting opportunity to study the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology with specializations in transformative life coaching, creativity, or spiritual psychology. The 46.0- 49.0 unit program is designed for transformative learning, integration of transpersonal and wisdom principles, and personal and professional application.

Students in our program balance theory with practice, and find authentic ways to study and apply the material. We admit students who have the emotional maturity and discipline to work within a learning community structure that relies upon personal integrity and mutual respect, and who have the self-discipline to study at a distance.

Our approach to learning promotes whole-person, transformative learning. It encourages professional engagement with local or academic communities and appeals to students who find value in creative expression, transpersonal practice, contemplative reflection, and scholarly thinking. Students find community within an academic context and use this learning as a catalyst for transformation within self, community, and profession.

This degree prepares students to follow their deepest passion and to apply transpersonal theories and practices in a variety of professions. Students generally find their right livelihood in a field related to people, creativity, education, or wellness. As an example, the following video demonstrates how alumna Elisa Sciscioli integrated her passion in voice as she combined creative expression with her previous experience in music and singing. Click here to see this video.

Are You a Match?

The program attracts educators, healthcare professionals, business leaders, organizational developers, therapists, alternative practitioners, entrepreneurs, and creative individuals who wish to find more expansive ways to enhance their personal and professional lives. Students feel drawn to this program because they wish to bring consciousness, peace and wholeness into their communities.

Our program offers:

  • Learner-centered, whole person education
  • Specialization in Transformative Life Coaching, Creativity and Innovation, or Spiritual Psychology.
  • Dual specializations and stand alone certificates possible
  • Flexible learning through highly functional online educational platform
  • Annual seminars with expert speakers and educators in the field
  • Transformative and contemplative pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Expert and dedicated faculty
  • A global learning community

Program Prerequisites:

A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited University.  Students without a background in Psychology or related field may be required to take some prerequisite psychology classes. The full admissions process includes an interview. Download the flyer G-MATP Flyer 8-16

Current Student Ambassadors

Juan Carlos PinedaJuan-Carlos Piñeiro

Juan-Carlos Piñeiro is a yoga teacher, spoken word poet and educator who currently directs the Center for Student Involvement on a college campus on the East Coast. He combines his passion for higher education with transpersonal psychology in an effort to better serve the students he advises and teaches. “The G-MATP program has granted me the tools necessary to assist college students and ease the challenges they experience as emerging adults. By synthesizing my experiences in this program, I’ve been able to guide them in their leadership, social, and life skill development. This benefits their personal and professional lives.” Upon graduation, Juan-Carlos intends to develop a dynamic and transpersonally oriented curriculum that holistically aids diverse emerging adults in becoming their authentic selves. Find out more about Juan-Carlos at

Jennifer NagrathJennifer Nagrath

Jennifer Nagrath is a social services advocate, leader, and strategist. She co-founded a non-profit organization designed to empower Asian Americans through its community programs.  This Cincinnati-based organization focuses on health and wellness, youth leadership, aging and caregiving, refugee programs, and victims of abuse.

She chose to attend the masters program in order to nourish her own well-being and to elevate her consciousness so that she can focus her professional mission with more clarity, direction, and innovation. Her humanitarian work has become more experiential, dynamic, and soulful as a result of her education. Her hope is that Asian American perspectives are respected as integral parts of the greater Cincinnati community.


Faculty members are uniquely qualified to teach and facilitate transpersonal learning and personal processes, to encourage creativity, spiritual practice, and authentic response to assignments. Our faculty members mentor students as they integrate transpersonal experiences and practices into their personal and professional lives. Students are assigned an academic advisor who guides them through their educational journey and plays a central role in assisting them to find meaning and relevance in their transpersonal education.

nancy-roweNancy Mangano Rowe, Ph.D., REATChair of Global Masters in Transpersonal Psychology Program, Core Faculty

I am passionate about transformative education and developing curriculum where scholarship is balanced with learning experiences that cultivate authenticity, imagination, intuition, ecological consciousness, and embodied ways of knowing. I believe that transpersonal education brings individuals and communities into greater consciousness and harmony. My writing and teaching focus on creativity, sacred ecology and Earth-centered spirituality.

susan cSusan O’Connell, MTP, REACE, Creative Expression Certificate Director

My passion is to share how healing and transformation can be invited by weaving creativity with contemplative and nature based spiritual practices. I seek to nurture other’s inherent creative energy while encouraging a deepening awareness of our living Earth in ways that further heart based, sustainable and respectful relations with all beings.

Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson  Associate Core Faculty

It is one of my deepest joys to teach at Sofia University. My work in our GMATP program has expanded my heart in so many ways; our students come from all over the world, and oftentimes, I feel as if I am learning far more from them than them from me. My research and workshop interests include Buddhism and Buddhist psychology, and sharing my deep passion for the practice and path of ecstatic poetry with others

robert wRobert Wood  Associate Core Faculty

Sofia University opened my heart.  I am a venture capitalist and my work with the GMATP program has allowed me to assist students on their educational journey.  My research and workshop interests relate to modern wilderness rites of passage, shamanism, and archetypal psychology. I am a co-participant in the creation of the Transpersonal Ecopsychology Concentration.

Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 11.09.53 AMWilka M. Roig Rivera

Creativity and imagination as transpersonal processes inspire my teaching, which I consider to be a most generous service.  It is deeply rewarding to guide students through their individual learning processes and assist them as they cultivate their transpersonal awareness.

I am a visual and expressive artist, passionate about dream work, and facilitate women’s circles in San Miguel de Allende, México.

Rosalyn GradyRosalyn Grady

I am passionate about quality education which leads to increased consciousness and contributes to each of us finding our life’s passion and the gifts we have to offer to each other and our earth. I love the way the curriculum in our program leads to personal transformation and growth and supports our faculty and students to reinvent their lives in a supportive community of respect and caring.

Vicki Lundin TaylorVicki Lundin Taylor

With Socrates’ ancient aphorism “Know Thyself” as my anthem, I am intrinsically driven to know who I am and to empower others to deeply know who they are. My research into the nuances of human and spiritual development will elevate your Transformative Coaching educational experience. It inspires me to mentor and instruct students within a coaching curriculum that fosters a safe environment to think critically and creatively, feel passionately, and intuitively know yourself and your clients in a new way.

Ruth JudyRuth Judy

I am inspired through my teaching with transpersonal colleagues at Sofia and through the commitment and dedication of students. My focus and passion is on nurturing others in their exploration of contemplative practices, multiple ways of knowing, and conscious aging, weaving together creative expression, experiential activities, research, and reflection.

What Can You Do With Your Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology?

Our students integrate research on transcendence, consciousness, expanded human experience, and positive transformation in individuals, organizations and society with a broad spectrum of more traditional topics in sciences and humanities. Developed in the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in the heart of Silicon Valley, our program encourages innovation and creativity in all areas of study. Our students learn to apply the principles and practices of transpersonal psychology to other industries, such as healthcare, law, management, engineering, or artificial intelligence.

Featured Alumni Success Stories

Juan Carlos Pinero

Elisa Sciscioli

Elisa Sciscioli integrated her passion in voice as she combined creative expression with her previous experience in music and singing. Click here to view the video. Or visit her website here.


Giaconda ParkerGiaconda Parker, Spiritual Psychology

“I teach yoga because it breaks me open. This path leaves me tender, and sometimes so vulnerable it’s hard to get up in front of a room full of people and feel strong enough to lead a class. But in vulnerability we find true strength. And if I ask my students to let themselves be opened by their practice, how can I offer anything less?”  Gioconda Parker  

Read more about Gia by clicking here.

Micah LintonMicah Linton, Creativity and Innovation

Micah Linton, in conjunction with UCLA’s Creative Mind Project, runs the Arts and Healing program at Safe Place for Youth (SPY) in Venice, CA where he brings in facilitators offering modalities ranging from yoga and mindful meditation to mandala making and 3D printing for homeless youths aged 12-25. He is a doctoral student in the Psy.D program at Ryokan College where he facilitates creative expression groups with diverse populations. This has assisted him in developing insights vital to his dissertation and has also served as the conceptual basis for a virtual reality project under development. Micah is a visual artist.

Channell JaramilloChannell Jaramillo, Spiritual Psychology

Channell Jaramillo is currently teaching yoga in a rehabilitation center to individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries as well as doing workshops and trainings that introduce people to yoga from an adaptive model. She coaches in private practice and is an adjunct faculty at the College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska where she teaches psychology. After finishing her master’s degree at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology she continued on to the Sofia online PhD program. She graduated in May of 2014.

Syed ZamenSyed Zamen, Creativity and Innovation

Syed Zamen is the Program Coordinator for the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University where he organizes conferences, seminars, assists fellows and faculty with departmental commitments and web presence. He is pleased that this position is aligned with transpersonal values and views. He is also involved with multiple creative endeavors. He is beginning to develop a Creativity Coaching practice.


Required Units:

  • 4 quarter system runs year-round
  • 4-9 units per quarter, 12 with permission of the Chair
  • 46.0- 49.0 units to graduate


  • $4,133 per quarter / $16,532 per year.
  • There are 2  years of paid tuition.
  • Estimated total cost of tuition for the degree: $33,750
  • Financial Aid available

Degree Conferred: A Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology will be conferred after completion of the degree.


For more information, contact Sofia University Admissions at (650) 493-4430 or