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Graduate Certificate in Consciousness, Psychology and Transformative Studies

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Program Overview

If you’re seeking deeper meaning and fulfillment in your personal life or work, National University’s Certificate in Consciousness and Transformative Studies might just set you on a path to personal discovery and professional fulfillment. Consciousness Studies is an interdisciplinary field that combines psychology, religion/spirituality, philosophy, and the new sciences. Transformative Studies is a leading-edge approach to holistic learning that emphasizes personal application of knowledge, thereby catalyzing and accelerating personal growth and professional development.

Derived from NU’s Master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies, the first such accredited program in the U.S., this certificate has been created in response to a growing demand for continuing education that can be completed in conjunction with today’s fast-paced lifestyles and demanding workplace environments.

Our certificate provides you with an option for a shorter, more focused program that can be completed in one year of half-time study. It allows you to gain graduate-level knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of consciousness and transformative studies. This deep dive into consciousness and exploration of the human condition is applicable to all domains of life.

Coursework integrates wisdom and practices associated with emotional and social intelligence, paradigms of consciousness, human development, the evolution of consciousness, non-ordinary states of consciousness, body awareness, cultural evolution, living systems, neuroscience, and mindfulness. This integrative curriculum aims to actualize human potential in service of the greater global good.

For more information, contact Academic Program Director, Craig Chalquist, PhD: [email protected].

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Course Details

Course Info

  • Quarter Units: 20
  • Courses: 9
  • Estimate time to complete: 12 months of half-time study

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain and apply a developmental view of consciousness and human evolution to oneself, others, and systems
  • Demonstrate intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence, wisdom, and accountability, using psychological and spiritual principles and practices
  • Explain and apply systems theory principles at the individual, community, organizational, and planetary levels
  • Apply communication skills, diversity perspectives, information literacy, and professional development skills in service of consciousness growth and systems change
  • Apply critical, creative, and multi-perspectival thinking, inquiry, and meaning-making skills in service of consciousness growth and systems change.


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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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