Doctor of Philosophy in Transpersonal Psychology

Course Delivery

  • Online
  • Low Residency

3 years

Average Time To Complete

75 Units

Total Number of Units

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University offers a unique and exciting opportunity to study the theories and practices of transpersonal psychology. Grounded in the pioneering work of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, founded in 1975, the Ph.D. program is structured around a three-year course of study that is offered in both online and low residency formats. It is designed for adult learners with a qualifying master’s degree who seek an exceptional educational environment for personal growth, enhanced relationships, and career development.

Education in the program includes mastery of scholarship and research as well as the ability to apply transpersonal skills and practices in a variety of settings. The central goal is to enhance positive individual, professional, and social transformation. The program fosters diverse and novel professional applications of transpersonal principles. The online and low residency learning formats support students from a variety of fields of interest and experience to gather together in pursuit of doctoral-level research and scholarship.

All courses are taught by notable transpersonal scholars, experienced professionals, and leaders in the field, and are offered throughout the year over four quarters. Selected electives will be offered in online or in low residency formats, as indicated in the catalog.

** Students are required to attend two (1 unit) in-person seminars in Northern California. The seminars must be completed before entering the dissertation phase.

Program Highlights

  • Intensive inquiry in transpersonal philosophy, theory, and research
  • A research methods sequence that prepares students for dissertation work
  • Integrative and transformational educational experiences of community-building and applied learning
  • Twice yearly off-campus seminars in Northern California
  • An optional community praxis sequence


  • Transpersonal Education and Research
  • Applied Transpersonal Psychology
  • Whole Systems Approach to Health and Wellbeing
  • Consciousness and Creativity Studies
  • Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Program Learning Outcomes

Application: Explain behavior using current theory and research in the affective, social, individual differences, and cognitive areas of psychology.

Written Communication: Demonstrate effective writing for transpersonal psychology research and communications.

Research: Interpret, design, and conduct advanced psychological research.

Critical Thinking: Engage in innovative and integrative critical thinking and problem-solving.

Information Literacy: Describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual relation orientation, and disability.

Professional Development: Articulate the general history of transpersonal psychology by explaining the depth and breadth of the field from the perspective of a future educator and/or researcher.

“My time at Sofia University–the course work, the opportunity to collaborate so closely with the faculty, and the commitment to whole person education– allowed me to refine my vision for the Inner Explorer program, develop and pilot it in various iterations and finally to rigorously study the effects. These have all proven critical steps in my ability to co-found this nonprofit company, launch several programs, and most importantly, help children succeed in school and ultimately in life.”

-Laura Bakosh, Ph.D. / Ph.D. Alumna Class 13′



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