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:

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

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.

Download the curriculum guide for the Global Program by clicking here.

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 Program by clicking here.

Specializations

Creativity and Innovation

The Professional Specialization in Creativity and Innovation helps students to learn how to work creatively through the arts and to facilitate the use of creative thinking skills, and “thinking outside of the box” in order to to solve problems and make decisions.

This specialization provides the educational background necessary to apply for Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE) Credential through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Students will need additional experiences and supervision upon graduation for credentialing.

The specialization in Creativity and Innovation is also available as a stand-alone program for students interested in the certificate route. More detailed information about this certificate program can be found under certificate programs.

Are you a Match?

This specialization is easily applied to education, organizations, corporations, hospitals, schools and working with individuals. Some professional applications require a specialized training program and/or supervision. This specialization is also a good choice for many students who see themselves as Cultural Creatives and who want to find new and original ways for changing the world.

Career Outcomes

Recent graduates have applied their specialization as:

  • Educators
  • Consultants
  • Artists
  • Creativity Coaches
  • Grief Counselors
  • Business Consultants
  • Curriculum Designers
  • Workshop Facilitators
  • Researchers/Writers
  • Human/Social Service Providers
  • Doctoral Students

Creativity and Innovation Specialization Goals

  • Provides a general background in the theories and practices of creativity and creative process.
  • Provides opportunities for students to cultivate and practice transpersonal qualities in their outer world.
  • Prepares students to apply theories, principles and practices of creativity and creative process in their professional lives.
  • Guides students to bridge transpersonal and spiritual psychology with theories and practices of creativity and creative process.
  • Provides experiences for students to embody learning about creativity and creative process using multiple ways of knowing.
  • Encourages students to appreciate and embrace world wisdom approaches, diversity, and ecological consciousness within the field of creativity and innovation.
  • Supports students’ journey toward professional leadership in creativity in service to the broader community.
Learning Outcomes
  • The student who completes the Specialization in Creativity and Innovation will:
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the theories, principles, and applications of creativity and creative processes.
  • Cultivate transpersonal qualities like mindfulness, discernment, compassion, appreciation of differences, and creativity and integrate these in their outer world.
  • Integrate, embody, and apply the theories, practices, and principles of creativity and creative processes.
  • Articulate and demonstrate how transpersonal and spiritual psychology can be bridged with creative and innovative processes.
  • Engage multiple ways of knowing to acquire and express wisdom, health, and wholeness within the creative process.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how world wisdom approaches, diverse perspectives, and ecological consciousness can contribute to creative and innovative processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively, authentically and uniquely apply whole person, transpersonal education in service to the outer world.

Course Requirements – 26 Total Units

Completion of the foundational year plus the following courses:
  • Transitional Seminar (2.0)
  • Creative Expression & Transformation (3.0)
  • Inquiry into Creative & Innovative Processes (3.0)
  • Ways of Knowing (3.0)
  • Spiritual Practice Elective: Choose One (3.0)
    • Eco-Spirituality
    • Contemplative Mind
    • Transpersonal Approaches to Dreams and Dreaming
  • Professional Specialization Practicum I (1.0)
  • Professional Specialization Practicum II (2.0)
  • Additional Electives (6.0)
  • Capstone Classes:
    • Transpersonal Integration Paper (2.0)
    • Showcase Portfolio (1.0)
Spiritual Psychology

The Specialization in Spiritual Psychology is based on the theoretical principles and practices of spiritual psychology. This specialization may be a good choice for people interested in engaged and embodied spirituality.

Spiritual psychology is also available as a stand-alone program for students interested in the certificate route.

Are you a Match?

This pathway is attractive to students interested in a profession in the field of spirituality, spiritual guidance, hospice training, death education, interfaith ministry, or organizational leadership. It is also a useful specialization for yoga teachers, retreat workers, health care professionals, business people, and educators who choose to enhance existing careers. Note: some professions mentioned here require specialized professional training.

Recent graduates have applied their specialization as

  • Educators
  • Consultants
  • Spiritual Directors (with Spiritual Guidance training)
  • Grief Counselors
  • Ministers
  • Workshop/retreat facilitators
  • Researchers/Writers
  • Celebrants
  • Peace workers
  • Human/Social Service Providers
  • Yoga Practitioners
  • Body Workers
  • Non-Profit work

Spiritual Psychology Goals

  • Provides a general background in the theories and practices of spiritual psychology.
  • Provides opportunities for students to cultivate and practice transpersonal qualities in their outer world.
  • Prepares students to apply theories, principles and practices of spiritual psychology in their professional lives.
  • Guides students to deepen and build upon their understanding of spiritual psychology.
  • Provides experiences for students to embody their learning about spiritual psychology using multiple ways of knowing.
  • Encourages students to appreciate and embrace world wisdom approaches, diversity, and ecological consciousness within the field of spiritual psychology.
  • Supports students’ journey toward professional leadership in spiritual psychology in service to the broader community.

Learning Outcomes

The student who completes the G-MATP degree will:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the theories, principles, and applications of the field of spiritual psychology.
  • Cultivate transpersonal qualities like mindfulness, discernment, compassion, appreciation of differences, and creativity and integrate these in their outer world.
  • Integrate, embody, and apply the theories, practices, and principles of spiritual psychology.
  • Articulate mastery level awareness of the field of spiritual psychology and how it can be bridged with their professional life.
  • Engage multiple ways of knowing to acquire and express wisdom, health, and wholeness within the field of spiritual psychology.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how world wisdom approaches, diverse perspectives, and ecological consciousness can contribute to the field of spiritual psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively, authentically and uniquely apply whole person, transpersonal education in the area of spiritual psychology in service to the broader community.

Course Requirements: 26 Total units

Completion of the foundational year plus the following courses:

  • Transitional Seminar (2.0)
  • Self-Cultivation (3.0)
  • Inquiry into Embodied Spirituality (3.0)
  • Ways of Knowing (3.0)
  • Spiritual Practice Class (3.0): Choose One:
    • Eco-Spirituality
    • Contemplative Mind
    • Transpersonal Approaches to Dreams and Dreaming
  • Professional Specialization Practicum I (1.0)
  • Professional Specialization Practicum II (2.0)
  • Additional Electives (6.0)
  • Capstone Projects:
    • Transpersonal Integration Paper (2.0)
    • Showcase Portfolio (1.0)
Transformative Life Coaching

This specialization is based on the theoretical principles and practices of ontological coaching. Ontological coaching facilitates the emergence of personal and professional life by exploring how humans co-create reality and perception. It addresses both action and the transpersonal levels of awareness.

CCE_WEBThe specialization prepares students to enter into a professional coaching relationship with clients and to establish a specialized coaching practice by providing the educational background necessary to apply for coach certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Transformative Life Coaching is also available as a stand-alone program for students interested in the certificate route.

Are you a match?

Transformational life coaching prepares students to integrate life coaching practices into their field or practice or for a career as a professional life coach. Some students who have taken this specialization have set up their own specialized practices. Others were able to integrate what they learned with their previous career training to work in professions such as student services, counseling, business, creativity, death counseling, psychosynthesis, spiritual direction and organizational leadership.

Career Outcomes

  • Recent graduates have applied their specialization as:
  • Educators
  • Life coaches
  • Specialized coaches
  • Business coaches
  • Workshop/retreat facilitators
  • Researchers/Writers
  • Celebrants
  • Peace workers
  • Human/Social Service Providers
  • Non-Profit work

Transformative Life Coaching Specialization Goals

  • Provides a general background in the theories, practices, and ethics of transformative life coaching.
  • Provides opportunities for students to cultivate and practice transpersonal and follow an ethical code of conduct as they develop and market their life coaching practice.
  • Prepares students to apply theories, principles and practices of transformative life coaching in their professional lives.
  • Guides students to bridge transpersonal and spiritual psychology with theories, practices, and standards established by established professional coaching organizations.
  • Provides experiences for students to embody their learning about transformative life coaching using multiple ways of knowing.
  • Encourages students to appreciate and embrace world wisdom approaches, diversity, and ecological consciousness within the field of transformative life coaching.
  • Supports students’ journey toward becoming a transformative life coach.

Learning Outcomes

The student who completes the G-MATP degree will:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the theories, principles, applications, and ethics within the field of transformative life coaching.
  • Cultivate transpersonal qualities like mindfulness, discernment, compassion, appreciation of differences, ethical behavior, and creativity and integrate these in their transformative life coaching practice.
  • Integrate, embody, and apply the theories, practices, and principles of coaching established by the established professional coaching organizations within their transformative life coaching practice.
  • Articulate and demonstrate how transpersonal and spiritual psychology can be integrated into their transformative life coaching practice.
  • Engage multiple ways of knowing to acquire and express wisdom, health, and wholeness in their transformative life coaching practice.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how world wisdom approaches, diverse perspectives, and ecological consciousness can contribute to a transformative life coaching practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively, authentically and uniquely apply whole person, transpersonal education within their transformative Life Coaching Practice.

Additional Fees: In addition to tuition and fees, the coaching program requires additional fees that must be included in your budget that cover seminar travel, time and expenses to complete training hours with an outside professional coach and time and expenses to coach individuals outside of their cohort.

Course Requirements – 22 Total units

Completion of the foundational year plus the following courses:

  • Intro to Transformative Coaching Process (3.0) – must attend seminar
  • Spiritual Practice Elective – Choose one (3.0)
    • Contemplative Mind
    • Ecospirituality
    • Transpersonal Approaches to Dreams and Dreaming
  • Practicum in Coaching I (2.0)
  • Practicum in Coaching II (3.0)
  • Advanced Practicum in Transformative Coaching (3.0)
  • Ethics in Coaching (1.0)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit (3.0)
  • Psychosynthesis: Journey Toward Wholeness (3.0)
  • Showcase Portfolio (1.0)

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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 world views. 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:

  1. Application Form
  2. Goal Statement
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. 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.

Global MATP Seminars

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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

Elisa Sciscioli, Creativity and Innovation

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 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  

Read more about Gia by clicking here.

 

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."