Global MATP Curriculum Structure
The G-MATP is an online program with some low residency requirements. It offers students the opportunity to take courses from home in an asynchronous manner allowing for flexible study time. This rigorous yet transformative master-level education can be easily integrated into work and family life schedules.
Curriculum and Courses. The curriculum is designed as a transformative journey that includes scholarship, experiential learning, integration, transformation, spiritual disciplines, creative expression, embodiment and application of transpersonal education. Faculty members facilitate whole-person instruction in a dynamic online format within a close learning community. There is a high level of group discussion, participatory learning, and shared experiences.
Faculty and Advising. Students are assigned an academic advisor who supports their educational journey, helps them to complete the program in a timely manner, and select courses that enhance their academic goals. Advisors are faculty members who are uniquely qualified to teach and facilitate transpersonal learning and personal processes, to encourage creativity, spiritual practice, and authentic response to assignments. They have advanced degrees in transpersonal psychology, spiritual psychology, or related areas and understand the nuances of experiential, whole person learning. Our instructors guide students to integrate transpersonal experiences and practices into their personal and professional lives.
Seminars. Students are required to attend 2 in-person residential seminars during the course of their G-MATP program. The first seminar happens at the beginning of the student’s study and the second is generally one year later as the student begins their specialization year. Courses begin at the seminar.
Seminars take place at California retreat centers. They provide students with opportunities to have in-person time with classmates, faculty members, and staff, and to learn about key aspects of the program within the context of a beautiful environment. Presentations by transpersonal speakers are interspersed with meditation, movement, group interaction, creative expression, and ritual.
CANVAS Learning Management System. Sofia’s distance learning programs use the CANVAS Learning Management System (LMS) for all online classes. This virtual learning environment provides threaded discussions, community groups, an online journal, integrated email, virtual office hours, desktop sharing, chat and instant messaging, podcasting, wikis, and blogs. Students unfamiliar with online learning environments will receive CANVAS training either at their opening seminar or online. Technical support will also be available to students throughout their time in the program.
- Provides a general background in the theories and practices of transpersonal and spiritual psychology.
- Provides opportunities for students to cultivate and practice transpersonal qualities throughout daily life.
- Prepares students to apply theories, principles and practices of transpersonal and spiritual psychology in their personal and professional lives.
- Guides students to bridge transpersonal and spiritual psychology with theories and practices in their chosen specialization.
- Provides experiences for students to embody their learning, wisdom, health and wholeness using multiple ways of knowing.
- Encourages students to appreciate and embrace world wisdom approaches, diversity, and ecological consciousness.
- Supports students’ journey toward professional leadership in service to the broader community.
Course Overview – 46.0- 49.0 units
Year 1: Foundational Year
The first year in the G-MATP program focuses on the foundations of transpersonal and spiritual psychology. Courses include:
- Opening Seminar (1.0)
- Embodied Spiritual (3.0)
- Introduction to Transpersonal Studies (4.0)
- Transpersonal Approaches to Creative Expression (3.0)
- Theories of Personality (3.0)
- Spiritual Development Across the Lifespan (3.0)
- Elective (3.0)
Year 2: Specialization Year
During Year 2, students begin their specialization year. A specialization is a focused professional line of study within transpersonal psychology that includes theories, practices, and principles as well as practical applications, practicum experiences, and integrative capstone projects in their area of study. Students are guided as they find ways to integrate their transpersonal education into their professional aspirations and chosen life’s work. Students have the option of specializing in one of three areas of study:
Specialization details can be found by clicking on the link to the specialization. Students, in the specialization year, are required to take:
- Transitional seminar
- Core specialization courses
- Electives, including one with a spiritual practice
- Professional practicum
- Capstone paper
- Showcase portfolio
Examples of how students have applied their education can be found by on the Program page.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology: An elective-based concentration in transpersonal ecopsychology is also available in conjunction with one of the three areas of specialization showing that the student has integrated courses related to ecological consciousness into their professional specialization. Concentrations do not substitute for a specialization. The concentration adds focus to the chosen specialization.
Dual Specializations: Students may work toward a dual specialization that combines two of the previously mentioned specializations, such as transformative life coaching with creativity and innovation.