Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology

Program Overview

Originally established as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), Sofia University is the birthplace of the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (MATP). Our innovative and multidimensional program combines theory and practice, instilling in you the ability to serve both professional and community settings. The MATP is primarily an online program, with a residency component twice during the two-year program for 5 consecutive days each. These seminars are conducted like retreats, either in person (*safety permitting) or through virtual teleconferencing.

As you move through the MATP program, our faculty invite you to select one of three concentrations to support your calling to this field: Transformative Life Coaching, Creativity and Innovation, or Spiritual Psychology. In addition, we also offer the option of including a secondary concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology.

State Authorizations for Distance Education

Sofia University is licensed, registered, authorized, certified, or formally exempt in the following states and territories as indicated on our State Authorizations page. 

Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of passionate thought-leaders dedicated to bringing their expertise and knowledge to the forefront of all of our programs. Learn more about our MA in Transpersonal Psychology Faculty members.

Curriculum As a Journey

The MATP curriculum is designed as a journey to guide you toward a continual deepening, diversifying, and reimagining of your approach to living. This is achieved through scholarly readings, experiential learning, integration and creative exercises. Your courses and seminars lead to enhanced consciousness, transformation, spiritual practice, and application of transpersonal principles in service to your communities. Faculty members facilitate whole-person instruction in a dynamic format within a close learning community. We invite you to contemplate innovations related to social justice, peace, and joy. Join us in the cultivation of professional leadership skills, transcendent self-awareness, and expanded consciousness.

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. Your academic advisors will be an essential part of your MATP experience, supporting you in sensing and integrating resonant meanings and their contributions to your overall education and professional endeavors.

The MATP journey will take 2 years to complete as a full-time student; part-time study can also be arranged.

Quick Facts

Upcoming Start Dates

Summer – July 6, 2021

Fall – October 4, 2021

Winter – January 10, 2022

Spring – April 4, 2022

Time to degree completion

2 years

Per Unit Cost

$650

Estimated Total Cost

$31,200

Total Number of Units

48

Format

Online + Low-Residency*

* This includes four residential seminars during the two-year program. The academic seminars combine community building, mind-body practices, and deep reflection on key topics in the field of transpersonal psychology. 

Program Highlights

We blend scholarship in transpersonal psychology with meaningful, transformative learning that inspires actualization and wholeness in you.

Whole-person, transformative, experiential learning.

Grounding in transpersonal theories, principles, and practices.

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Exploration of transpersonal, spiritual, ecological, and creative practices.

Meaningful practicum experiences.

Collaborative, dynamic participatory classrooms led by dedicated teachers.

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Reflection on personal stories of transformation.

Alignment with right livelihood through the development of personal vision and goals.

Concentrations

Pick the path that speaks to your journey – both personally and professionally.

Creativity and Innovation

Career outcomes include:

» Social Work

» Consultant

» Entrepreneur

 

Spiritual Psychology

Career outcomes include:

» Social Advocate or Leader

» Teacher

» Non-Profit Work

 

Transformative Life Coaching

Career outcomes include:

» Life Coach

» Health & Wellness

 

Learning Outcomes

1

Reflect upon the meaning of whole-person development, including growth in mind,
body, spirit, creativity, and community, and apply that understanding to their own
personal and professional lives.

2

Blend theories and practices of transpersonal psychology with those in a professional
concentration area(s).

3

Employ multiple ways of accessing information, expressing self, and working with others
in a professional concentration area.

4

Articulate shifts and developments in their own thought processes, including the assumptions they bring to situations, as these relate to their program of study.

5

Use reflective scholarship and transpersonal theories and practices to create an action plan that addresses the needs of a community, organization or professional area.

6

Integrate relevant moral and ethical frameworks with key concepts and practices drawn from transpersonal psychology in the development of solutions to professional and community problems.

Curriculum

To receive a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, students must successfully complete a minimum of 48-51 units depending on the concentration deleted. A dual concentration is also available, which requires additional units and time. The following are specific degree requirements.

Core Courses, Foundational Year - 17 units

The Foundational Year provides students with theories, practices, and embodiment of transpersonal and spiritual psychology.
• MTP7201A Opening Seminar (1)
• MTP7401 Embodied Spirituality (3)
• MTP7403 Foundations in Transpersonal Studies (4)
• MTP8300 Creative Expression and Transformation (3)
• MTP7603 Theories of Personality (3)
• MTP7801 Spiritual Development Across the Lifespan (3)

Concentration Courses - 19-22 units

MATP students select at least one professional Concentration to focus their second year of study. As part of the Concentration, students complete two Capstone Projects, which highlight their professional identity and transpersonal knowledge: MTP9042 Showcase Portfolio demonstrates how students’ personal vision, scholarship, experience, and education come together; and MTP9077 Community Action Project enables students to demonstrate how transpersonal education can be integrated into community service. The following are the three primary Concentrations:
• Creativity and Innovation
• Spiritual Psychology
• Transformative Life Coaching

Student may also add a focus in Transpersonal Ecopsychology to their primary Concentration or complete two Concentrations:
• Primary Concentration (above) and Sub-concentration in Transpersonal Ecopsychology
• Concentrations in Transformative Life Coaching and Creativity and Innovation
• Concentrations in Transformative Life Coaching and Spiritual Psychology
• Concentrations in Creativity and Innovation and Spiritual Psychology

Creativity and Innovation - 19 units

The Concentration in Creativity and Innovation helps students work and use creative thinking skills in order to solve problems and make decisions within communities. It focuses on creative expression and imagination to move communities and organizations forward. The knowledge and leadership skills developed in this Concentration are applicable to work in institutional settings, corporations, hospitals, schools, and with individuals. It is key for entrepreneurial ventures. This Concentration addresses the educational goals of those who see themselves as “Cultural Creatives” and who want to develop new and original ways of impacting social change.
This Concentration provides the educational background necessary to apply for the Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE) Credential through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Students will be required by IEATA to complete additional experiences and supervision upon graduation for credentialing. Students are encouraged to review the credentialing requirements established by IEATA as these may change over time; Sofia University does not guarantee credentialing of any particular student who completes the MATP program with a Concentration in Creativity and Innovation.
Students are awarded a Certificate in Creative Expression upon successful completion of the Concentration in Creativity and Innovation. Their practicum experience (MTP8873 Professional Practicum I, MTP9974 Professional Practicum II) and paper for MTP9077 Community Action Project must involve an aspect of creative expression in order to be eligible for the Certificate.

• MTP7201B Transitional Seminar (2)
• MTP7907 Special Topics in Scholarly Writing) (1)
• MTP8303 Empowering Community Through the Expressive Arts (3)
• MTP8373 Professional Practicum I (1)
• MTP8374 Professional Practicum II (2)
• MTP8387 Ways of Knowing: Creative, Intuitive, and Collective (3)
• MTP8399 Inquiry into Creative and Innovative Processes (3)
• MTP9042 Showcase Portfolio (1)
• MTP9077 Community Action Project (3)

Spiritual Psychology - 19 units

The Concentration in Spiritual Psychology helps students to bring spirituality, consciousness, and wholeness into communities. It focuses on mindfulness, deep listening, community action, and respectful interactions with individuals and community groups. The knowledge and leadership skills developed from this Concentration are applicable to work in institutional settings, corporations, hospitals, schools, and with individuals. This Concentration may be relevant to Yoga teachers, spiritual guides, educators, therapists, and other professionals who seek to integrate wholeness into their work environment.

• MTP7201B Transitional Seminar (2)
• MTP7907 Special Topics in Scholarly Writing (1)
• MTP8373 Professional Practicum I (1)
• MTP8374 Professional Practicum II (2)
• MTP8387 Ways of Knowing: Creative, Intuitive, and Collective (3)
• MTP8703 Heart and Mind in Community Action (3)
• MTP8799 Inquiry into Embodied Spirituality (3)
• MTP9042 Showcase Portfolio (1)
• MTP9077 Community Action Project (3)

Transformative Life Coaching - 22 units

The Concentration in Transformative Life Coaching 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. The Concentration aims to prepare students for a career as a coach or another professional field that integrates and makes use of coaching practices. It prepares students to enter into a professional coaching relationship with clients and to establish a specialized coaching practice.
The Concentration in Transformative Life Coaching is designed to provide the educational background necessary to apply for coach certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Students are encouraged to review the credentialing requirements established by ICF ( https://coachfederation.org/) as these may change over time; Sofia University does not guarantee credentialing of any particular student who completes the MATP program with a Concentration in Transformative Coaching.

• MTP7201B Transitional Seminar (2)
• MTP7907 Special Topics in Scholarly Writing (1)
• MTP8703 Heart and Mind in Community Action (3)
• MTP8800 Introduction to the Transformative Coaching Process (3)
• MTP8806 Ethics in Coaching (1)
• MTP8811 Practicum in Transformative Coaching I (2)
• MTP8812 Practicum in Transformative Coaching II (3)
• MTP8813 Advanced Practicum in Transformative Coaching (3)
• MTP9042 Showcase Portfolio (1)
• MTP9077 Community Action Project (3)

Elective Courses - 12 units

MATP students are required to complete 12 units of Elective courses selected based on their personal interests and professional goals. The following courses may be used to fulfill the Elective Course requirements:

• MTP8201 Archetypes, Myths, Symbols (3)
• MTP8202 Transpersonal Approaches to Dreams and Dreaming (3)
• MTP8204 Creative and Conscious Aging (3)
• MTP8205 Eco-Spirituality (3)
• MTP8206 Ecopsychology (3)
• MTP8207 Sustainability, Culture, and Sacred Ecology (3)
• MTP8208 Nature-Based Programs and Wholeness (3)
• MTP8212 Contemplative Mind (3)
• MTP8213 Tree of Life: A Brief Introduction (3)
• MTP8804 Psychosynthesis* (3)
• MTP8805 Entrepreneurial Spirit* (3)

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