The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Transpersonal Psychology degree program 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 PhD program is structured around a three-year course of study that is offered in an online format with low-residency seminars; occasionally, courses may be offered on the Costa Mesa and/or Palo Alto campus.
The PhD is designed for adult learners with a qualifying master’s degree who seek an exceptional educational environment that combines personal growth and community support with application of transpersonal insights and research to students’ chosen professional field. Students are invited to build a holistic and multi-faceted framework for analyzing the challenges and opportunities of human relationships, cognition and spirituality in a concentration field. The program fosters diverse and novel professional applications of transpersonal principles. The central goal is to enhance positive individual, professional, and social transformation.
Students work closely with members of the faculty who facilitate social and emotional learning, cultivate mindfulness, and encourage meaningful research-based applications to their personal and professional goals and aspirations.
To complete the program in three years, students carry 9 units per quarter, initially focusing on Core Courses and then completing Concentration Courses. Students must complete GPHD8997 Introduction to Proposal Writing (“Mini Proposal”) by the middle of their second year (Quarter 6) in order to begin Dissertation registration and move through the sequence of Dissertation courses each quarter. Maximum time allowed to complete the degree is 7 years from the start of the PhD program.
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.