The Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (MATP) degree program offers an opportunity for students to study the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology and prepare to apply this knowledge to a range of professional and community settings. Students pursue a professional Concentration in Transformative Coaching, Creativity and Innovation, or Spiritual Psychology, and may also complete a secondary Concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology.
The program is designed for transformative learning, integration of transpersonal and wisdom principles, and development and application of skills for personal and professional contribution. According to O’Sullivan1, transformative learning fosters enhanced awareness and consciousness in people, communities and frames of reference. It encourages the vision of alternative approaches to living and posits the possibility of social justice, peace, and joy. Students are guided in their cultivation of leadership skills, self-knowing and professional
The MATP is an online program; it includes a residency requirement (MTP7201A Opening Seminar, MTP7201B Transitional Seminar) and some online courses may require participation in teleconference sessions.
The MATP curriculum is designed as a journey that includes scholarship, experiential learning, integration, increased consciousness, transformation, spiritual practices, creative expression, embodiment, and application of transpersonal education in service to the greater communities. Faculty members facilitate whole-person instruction in a dynamic format within a close learning community. There is a high level of group discussion, participatory learning, and shared experiences. Instructors guide students in setting goals that enable them to make contributions to their families, communities and professional fields. Practicum experiences take place in the student’s home community and are chosen to prepare the student for future professional work or provide new tools for current professional work in their area of Concentration. Students in the Coaching Concentration will focus on core coaching skills.
Faculty serve as academic advisors who guide students through their educational journey, helping them select courses that attain their academic and professional goals, and complete the program in a timely manner. Academic advisors are an essential part of students’ experience and play a central role in assisting them in finding meaning and relevance in their transpersonal education.
The MATP program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis, though it can also be completed on a part-time basis.
“To make a transformative impact in your community, in the world, starts with transforming the individual. I was seeking an educational experience where I could transform myself and learn how to influence and support the positive transformation in others. That is exactly what I have found at Sofia University. Honestly, I found myself here.”
– Travis Gray / MATP Alumnus Class 17′