Graduate Application Requirements

Sofia University provides a variety of on-campus and online graduate programs to suit the needs of our students. In order to ensure that space is available, it is recommended that applications be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the opening seminar date.

Please note: you can submit your initial application before all of your materials are complete.

For All Applicants, please provide the following general Application materials (International Students Have to Submit Additional materials listed Here)

  1. Application Form: Fill out the application form online or print out the application form and submit it to admissions@sofia.edu. Quick Links to Apply - Domestic/International
  2. Application Fee : A non-refundable fee of $50 (US dollars) is required with your application. You may pay by check, money order, credit card, or online.
  3. Submit All Official School Transcripts : Contact all prior accredited colleges or universities which you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent to -
    Office of the Registrar at registrar@sofia.edu (we prefer electronic files if possible)
    Office of the Registrar
    Sofia University
    1069 East Meadow Circle
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

Program Specific Requirements (in addition to General Application Requirements)

PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Statement of Purpose

The Statement should be double spaced and no more than 750 words:
  • Why are you specifically applying to Sofia University?
  • What is in your education and life experience that makes this program a good fit for you?
  • What are your career goals after you get your degree?

Curriculum Vitae

Include a Curriculum Vitae, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

​Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu along with the LOR Instruction and Release Form.
Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Interview

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which you are applying may take place after all application materials have been submitted.

Prerequisite:

A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited University. Students without a background in Psychology or related field may be required to take some prerequisite psychology classes.
Global Ph.D. of Philosophy in Psychology (with Transpersonal Psychology concentration)

Statement of Purpose

The Statement should be double spaced and no more than 750 words.

Curriculum Vitae

Include a Curriculum Vitae, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

​Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu along with the LOR Instruction and Release Form.
Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree or Master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology or related field from an accredited college or university.
Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology

Statement of Purpose

The Statement should be double spaced and no more than 750 words.

Curriculum Vitae

Include a Curriculum Vitae, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

​Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admis Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu along with the LOR Instruction and Release Form.
Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree or Master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology or related field from an accredited college or university.
MA in Counseling Psychology

Application Requirements

Use this form to see the LR+R MACP Application Checklist for the 2016-2017 school year.

Goal Statement

The goal statement should be no more than two pages long and should answer the following questions:
  • What are your future goals that earning a degree from Sofia can fulfill?
  • What are your expectations of the program with respect to academic requirements, experiential work, and community environment?
  • Upon graduation, how do you plan to contribute to the greater community?
  • MACP applicants - Upon graduation, what clinical setting do you see yourself working in?
  • Low-residency/online applicants - Have you done any independent research or projects?

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any field from an accredited college or university.

Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu along with the LOR Instruction and Release Form.
Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Include a Curriculum Vita, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

Faculty Interview

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which you are applying will take place after all application materials have been submitted.
MA in Transpersonal Psychology (Global and Residential)

Goal Statement

Please write a 3-5-page personal reflection and professional goal statement that describes life experiences that led to your interest in transpersonal or spiritual psychology and pursuing a degree at Sofia University in transpersonal psychology. These experiences could include life events, significant relationships, teachers, texts, work experiences or anything else that informed your decision to pursue this field. End this statement by reflecting on your educational and professional goals. Mention academic, personal goals, professional goals, expectations and how these relate to the Sofia program for which you are applying. Indicate how you plan to use your Sofia education.

Letter of Recommendation​

We require a letter of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu along with the LOR Instruction and Release Form.
Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Interview

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which you are applying may take place after all application materials have been submitted.

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any field from an accredited college or university.
MBA

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any field from an accredited college or university.
MS in Computer Science

Prerequisite

Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any field from an accredited college or university.
Transfer of Units for Graduate Programs
Some credit may be granted for graduate study completed prior to admission to a Sofia University graduate program. Transfer units must have been completed through an accredited institution.
Limits on transfer units into each program are listed below.
  • Up to 9 units may be awarded as "credit for prior learning" with the approval of the Program Chair and Dean. Credit is awarded only for documented and assessed college-level learning that ties the student’s prior experience(s) to the content of the relevant academic field or discipline at the appropriate level of learning. Credit is awarded only in areas which fall within the regular curricular offerings of Sofia University.
  • The academic subjects considered for transfer must be clearly relevant to the student’s program, and students must submit a syllabus of the course so that the content can be evaluated.
  • Only official transcripts will be accepted to validate credit. All transfer units must have been completed with a minimum passing grade of “B” or its equivalent and taken within the last ten years.
  • Transfer units do not lead to a reduction in tuition, but may allow students to take additional elective courses or complete their studies earlier.

PsyD. in Clinical Psychology

Students who have completed relevant graduate level course work at another school, within the past 10 years, may apply for Graduate Transfer Credit by completing a “Transfer Credit Form” available from the Admissions Office and submitting the form with syllabi of the courses for which they wish to receive credit. The Psy.D. Program Chair will review student petitions to determine transfer credit and course waivers. Students may receive up to 21.0 units of transfer credit. Comparable coursework beyond the 21 units can be waived. While neither transfer credit nor class waivers will affect tuition, students have the option of taking additional elective classes or carrying a lighter workload.

Ph.D. in Psychology with a Concentration in Transpersonal Psychology (Online, Global)

A maximum of 6.0 quarter units may be transferred to satisfy requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology. Transfer of units has no effect on tuition charges.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with a Master’s in psychology or a related field such as social work from another institution may transfer up to 45.0 units of course work into the Global Programs Ph.D. and apply for Advanced Standing. Students accepted for Advanced Standing will enter into Year Three of the program. Advanced standing applicants from another school are required to complete two transpersonal psychology prerequisite courses. These courses can be taken at the non-credit rate.
Applicants with a Master’s degree from any of Sofia University’s master’s programs may transfer up to 45.0 units of course work into the Global Programs Ph.D. and apply for advanced standing into Year Three. These applicants must complete a separate application for advanced standing to enter the Global Ph.D. in Year Three. Some prerequisite coursework might be required.

Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology (On-Campus, Residential)

Based on Program Chair decision.​

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Students may transfer up to 9.0 quarter units into the Residential Programs Master’s degree. Classes for transfer must have been taken at the graduate level with a minimum passing grade of “B” or its equivalent and completed within the last ten years. Transfer units have no effect on tuition charges.

Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (On-Campus, Residential)

Students may transfer up to 9.0 quarter units into the Residential Programs Master’s degree. Classes for transfer must have been taken at the graduate level with a minimum passing grade of “B” or its equivalent and completed within the last ten years. Transfer units have no effect on tuition charges.

Master of Transpersonal Psychology (Online, Global)

A maximum of 6.0 quarter units may be transferred into the Global Master of Transpersonal Psychology program. Transfer of units has no effect on tuition charges.
Questions? Contact an admissions counselor by email at admissions@sofia.edu or by calling 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342). Sofia University does not discriminate. All interested individuals who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply.