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What makes the Global MATP program unique?

Transpersonal psychology is the study and cultivation of the highest and most transformative human values and potentials—individual, communal, and global—that reflect the mystery and interconnectedness of life, including our human journey within the cosmos.  (Anderson and Braud, 2011, p. 9)

The Global Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (G-MATP) provides an opportunity for students to study the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology and to apply wisdom principles to their personal and professional development. The program attracts educators, healthcare professionals, business leaders, organizational developers, therapists, alternative practitioners, entrepreneurs, and cultural creatives who wish to find more expansive ways to enhance their current profession.

It also gives students opportunities to explore and engage new career possibilities. This program particularly emphasizes transformative learning, realization of our higher human potentials and personal as well as professional applications.  The hybrid/online Master’s program values multiple ways of knowing.  Students learn in fully embodied ways that honor uniqueness, creativity, diversity, world wisdom psychology, and ecological consciousness.

Pictured: GMATP Chair Nancy Rowe, Ph.D.

Program Overview

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 specialization in transformative life coaching, creativity, or spiritual psychology.

The 46.0 unit program is designed for transformative learning, integration of transpersonal and wisdom principles, and personal and professional application. The G-MATP is an online program with some low residency requirements. It offers an opportunity to students to learn from home, which provides flexible study time to apply what is learned in their personal lives, their current work situations, and in the community where they live. In addition, students will attend 2 in-person residential seminars during the course of their MATP program, 1 in year one, the foundational year and 1 in year two, the specialization year.

This master’s degree program attracts educators, healthcare professionals, business leaders, organizational developers, social service providers, therapists, alternative practitioners, entrepreneurs, yoga practitioners, and cultural creatives who wish to find more expansive ways to enhance their current professions or explore and engage in new career possibilities that embrace the principles of transpersonal psychology.

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 view the video.

A Masters of Arts in Psychology will be conferred after completion of the degree.

Whole-Person, Transformative Learning

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.

Program Goals: The Global Master’s of Arts (G-MATP) 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.
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    Tuition: Estimated total cost of tuition for the degree: $33,064.00

    Contact: Shanna.Houser@sofia.edu or 650-493-4430 ext. 240