Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Transpersonal Psychology


On-Campus Program

Are you in search of. . . . .


Deepening an exploration of transformational ideas and practices you have developed in your life?


Learning more about the technologies of transformation and becoming a change agent to improve the world in which we live?


Embarking on a scholarly journey into an inquiry area of personal meaning and passion?


Sofia University’s Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology program is a three-year on-campus program that combines experiential learning with serious academic inquiry. Transformative learning is the foundation of the program, and our graduates serve many roles including: transpersonal scholars, transpersonally-oriented therapists and healers, transformative educators, and change agents in social and organizational contexts. The program was created to allow you to engage in your own personal development while engaging in doctoral-level study. If you are a self-motivated learner that grapples with the challenges of our time and seeks to make positive change in the world, then this program is for you.


This life-transformative program is taught by leading faculty in transpersonal psychology, who serve as mentors and guides in both the classroom and research settings, most notably at the dissertation phase of the program. Our faculty publish in diverse areas of inquiry including exceptional human experiences, consciousness studies, creativity, comparative religions, and the interface of cultural studies and transpersonal psychology.  Our distinctive balance of scholarly study, experiential learning, and professional development serves to support you in finding ways to take transformational concepts and practices out into the world to promote social change and healing in a variety of settings.


The curriculum is geared toward adult learners with required classes scheduled on one evening and one full day per week.  Coursework includes intensive inquiry in transpersonal philosophy, theory and research; a research method sequence that prepares students for dissertation work with a chosen topic; and integrative and transformational educational experiences of community-building and applied learning through the retreats and community praxis sequence. This on-campus program will allow you to be a part of a close, diverse learning community.


The Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology program also allows you to further your life journey in four distinct and different directions. If Creative Expression calls to you, then this specialization will allow you to explore in-depth expression as well as increase your capacity for creative thinking and leadership in communities you wish to serve. If your desire is to assist people in their life journey, then the Transformational Life Coaching specialization will provide you tools and training to facilitate change. If aiding others in spiritual exploration is calling you, our Spiritual Guidance specialization will provide the training to serve individuals and groups on their own spiritual journeys. Lastly, if you yearn to be engaged in leading edge research, then the Transpersonal Education and Research specialization will incorporate mentoring by Sofia University faculty and will prepare you to apply scholarly skills within academic environments or organizations.


Students who complete their doctorate in transpersonal psychology go on to various professional endeavors.  Those with prior professional lives often incorporate transpersonal principles into an existing practice.  Along with a chosen specialization, many graduates develop a new calling after completion of the program including work as coaches, spiritual guides, educators, and change agents in nonprofit, government, and corporate environments. 

Financial Aid


Learning in Community

Four-Day Doctoral Retreats (5)
Doctoral Symposia (2)

Philosophical Foundation

History & Systems of Psychology
Self, Culture & Contemporary Psychology
Cognition & Affect
Seminar in Transpersonal Psychology
Advanced Seminars
     - Current Transpersonal Topics
     - Transpersonal Theory & Philosophy

Applied Transpersonal Learning

Transpersonal Praxis (two years)
Required Elective Units

Research Methods

Research Methods (one year)
Advanced Topic in Research Methods
Research Groups (2)
Transpersonal Scholarship
Critical Thinking
Scholarly Writing
Dissertation Tracking (one year)

Selected List of Elective Courses

Altered States of Consciousness
Art Based Research
Dream Therapy
Environmental Psychology
Group Process
Phenomenology of Perception
Psychology of Spiritual Development
Somatic Psychology
Spiritual Emergence
Theatre & Social Change
World Religions


  • Master’s degree in Psychology or related field
  • 3.0 GPA from an accredited school