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Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. 
The Buddha

 The two-year, 49-51 unit Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology degree program focuses on the application of the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology and spiritual psychology. This program offers both residential (R-MATP) and online education (G-MATP). Students have an opportunity to blend scholarship in transpersonal psychology with meaningful, transformative learning that inspires actualization and wholeness. Students uncover their authentic voice and weave it into their reflections, discussions, academic writing, and professional lives.

We do this through:

  • Whole-person, transformative, experiential learning
  • Collaborative, dynamic participatory classrooms lead by dedicated teachers
  • Grounding in transpersonal theories, principles, and practices
  • Reflection on personal stories of transformation.
  • Exploration of transpersonal, spiritual, ecological, and creative practices
  • Alignment with right livelihood through the development of personal vision and goals
  • Meaningful practicum experiences

Program Organization

The MATP program is organized into three interrelated extended learning experiences: (a) Foundation year, (b) Specialization year, and (c) Capstone projects.

Foundational Year

Focuses on the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology.

Specialization Year

Focuses on integration and professional application of transpersonal psychology in one of three areas:

Deepening of Transpersonal Education through:

  • Electives
  • Practicum
  • Concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology option

Capstone Projects

Integration and Professional Application:

  • Transpersonal Integration Paper
  • Showcase portfolio

Certificates Options

Qualified students are able to choose a modified program through one of the following stand-alone certificate paths:

  • Certificate in Transpersonal Studies
  • Certificate in Transpersonal Ecopsychology
  • Certificate in Creative Expression
  • Certificate in Spiritual Psychology
  • Certificate in Transformative Life Coaching

These certificate programs can be found under stand-alone certificate programs or by clicking here.

Financial aid is NOT available for stand-alone certificate programs.

Educational Formats/ Curriculum

The MATP program is offered in two modalities: online and residential.

Online modality: Students who choose the online modality have the opportunity to learn from home with some low residency seminar requirements.  This provides students with flexible study time to integrate their education into their personal lives, current work situations, and in their local communities. Download the curriculum guide for the Global Program here GMATP 2017-2018 Course Catalog.

Residential modality

Students who choose the residential modality have the opportunity to participate in the Sofia on-campus learning community and Sofia events. In addition, students will take some online courses delivered in an asynchronous manner allowing for flexible study time.  Courses are mostly offered during the evening and on Saturdays or Sunday. Download the curriculum guide for the Residential Hybrid Program by clicking here. MATPR 2017-2018 Course Catalog

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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.

We appeal to students who find value in creative expression, transpersonal practice, contemplative reflection, and scholarly thinking. Students resonate with whole-person, transpersonal education and transformative learning and are looking for ways to promote well-being within self, others, community, and profession.  We attract students from all over the world, in all life-stages, and with a variety of worldviews. They feel drawn to this program because they wish to bring consciousness, peace and wholeness into their communities and the world.

Program Prerequisites:  A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited University.  The full admissions process includes:

  • Application Form
  • Goal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Chair Interview

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.


MATP faculty members are uniquely qualified to teach and facilitate transpersonal learning and personal processes, encouraging creativity, spiritual practice, and authentic responses to assignments. They play a central role in helping students to find meaning and relevance in their transpersonal education and to bridge learning with professional aspirations.

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.

robert wRobert Wood  Associate Core Faculty

As a venture capitalist, Sofia University opened my heart. 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.

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.

Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 5.20.26 PMTed Esser, PhD, Associate Core Faculty

Teaching at Sofia University has given me the special opportunity to grow alongside my students as I teach courses where Transpersonal Psychology, Consciousness Studies, Philosophy and Spirituality meet. My research focus also includes topics such as Comparative Mysticism & Esotericism, Spiritual Emergence, and Dreaming. I enjoy helping people discover where their core natures intersect with their scholarly and spiritual interests and pursuits. I have been the operations manager and director of the Spiritual Emergence Network for twelve years; both this and my spiritual counseling practice inform my teaching and mentoring processes. For more information about my work,

Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 5.20.48 PMRobert Ferrer, MFT, MATP

I found a calling to serve others in a different way and left a career of thirteen years in the sales industry to follow my heart. I have been an educator and a therapist for the past 9 years and especially enjoy working with teenage youth and young adults. I find interest in exploring our growing edge – to explore it, test it, define it and nurture it towards greater knowing and integrative learning. I seek more than examining and discussing intellectual surfaces; my aim is to be involved with learning that fosters creativity, intuition, compassion, partnership, authenticity, gratitude, joy and good will.

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.


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.

What Can You Do With Your Master of Arts in 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, wellness, spirituality or human service. They have been entrepreneurs, international yoga instructors, actors, educators, hospice workers, coaches, counselors (with training), and artists. They have started non-profit organizations, created coaching practices, written books, and become motivational speakers.

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.

Spring 2017 Graduates

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.

Elena PageElena Pages, MATP

Elena Pages has felt the calling to teach and help others all of her life. At the moment, she teaches math yet finds it to be merely the content of the work. She believes that the “work beneath the work” is to help her high school and community college students be successful and move forward in their lives. Elena discovered that she has a natural ability to guide others as they find their purpose and meaning in life.

Elena came to Sofia University because of a keen interest in spirituality, mysticism, metaphysics, near-death experiences, and multicultural diversity. In fact, she believes that multicultural awareness is the key to transpersonal transformation and spiritual growth.

Elena graduated in June 2017. She plans to continue inspiring students by integrating her transpersonal education into her teaching career; she also hopes to expand her knowledge through cultural studies. Sofia has helped Elena to deepen her spirituality and authenticity. Now that she has strengthened her own transpersonal awareness, she wants this to be fully expressed in her personal and professional life.


Required Units:

  • 4 quarter system runs year-round
  • 3-9 units per quarter, 12 with permission of the Chair
  • 46.0- 49.0 units to graduate


  • $650  per unit
  • Estimated total cost of tuition for the degree: $31,200
  • 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