Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology

Quick Facts

  • Online
  • Low-Residency

2 years

Average Time To Complete

48 Credits

Total Number of Units

Program Overview

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
consciousness.

 

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.

Curriculum as a Journey

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.

Program Highlights

Blending scholarship in transpersonal psychology with meaningful, transformative learning inspires actualization and wholeness in students. This is accomplished through the following:
  • Whole-person, transformative, experiential learning.
  • Collaborative, dynamic participatory classrooms led 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 Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Blend theories and practices of transpersonal psychology with those in a professional
    concentration area(s).
  • Employ multiple ways of accessing information, expressing self, and working with others
    in a professional concentration area.
  • Articulate shifts and developments in their own thought processes, including the
    assumptions they bring to situations, as these relate to their program of study.
  • Use reflective scholarship and transpersonal theories and practices to create an action
    plan that addresses the needs of a community, organization or professional area.

“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′

 

 

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