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
The MATP program is organized into three interrelated extended learning experiences: (a) Foundation year, (b) Specialization year, and (c) Capstone projects.
Foundational YearFocuses on the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology.
Specialization YearFocuses on integration and professional application of transpersonal psychology in one of three areas:
- Concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology
Capstone ProjectsIntegration and Professional Application:
- Transpersonal Integration Paper
- Showcase portfolio:
Educational Formats/ Curriculum
The MATP program is offered in two modalities: online and residential.
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.
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.
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 world views. They feel drawn to this program because they wish to bring consciousness, peace and wholeness into their communities and the world.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited University. The full admissions process includes:
- Application Form
- Goal Statement
- One Letter 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.
TUITION: Estimated total cost of tuition: $31,200
CONTACT: For more information, contact Sofia University Admissions (650) 493-4430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Global MATP Seminars
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
Giaconda 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?” Giaconda Parker
Micah 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 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 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
Elena 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.
Juan-Carlos Piñeiro, MATP
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 www.juancarlosom.com
Jennifer Nagrath, MATP
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.
Watch her commencement speech on the theme, "Moving Humanity Forward as An Architect of Change."