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If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering what your purpose in life is, a degree in transformative studies might just set you on a path to personal discovery and professional fulfillment.
NU’s holistic curriculum integrates the wisdom and practices of six major fields of study: psychology, philosophy, religion/spirituality, the new sciences, culture, and professional development. Our interdisciplinary curriculum aims to actualize human potential in service of the greater global good.
This program is the first accredited Master’s in Consciousness Studies in the U.S. The experiential learning offered by this program, and the spiritual perspective that runs as a thread through much of the coursework, appeals to those interested in spiritual psychology and transformative studies.
If you’re ready to embark upon a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and transformative change, our program can help you develop knowledge and skills to help you become a transformative leader in your own life and a creative agent of organizational, sociocultural, and ecological advancement.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies program, you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and capacities in the following areas:
- Explain and apply a developmental view of consciousness and human evolution to oneself, others, and systems.
- Demonstrate intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence 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 leadership skills, and professional development skills in service of consciousness growth and systems change.
- Apply critical thinking, inquiry, and participatory research skills in service of consciousness growth and systems change.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A BA or BS degree is required to be admitted to the program, along with a 6–8-page personal statement describing formative childhood experiences, work or life events that have informed or shaped your consciousness across your lifespan. You will also be required to sit for interviews with members of the NU faculty.
Drawing from psychology, philosophy, religion, and the new sciences, NU’s curriculum bridges the divide between science and spirituality to empower transformative leaders. Leading students on a journey of self-discovery, personal growth and transformative change, the MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies program links personal transformation to professional development in service of the greater good. The program is designed not only to galvanize wisdom, courage, love, joy, and vitality, but also to enrich one’s sense of meaning, passion, and purpose.
NU’s holistic curriculum integrates the wisdom and practices of six major fields of study: psychology, philosophy, religion/spirituality, the new sciences, culture, and professional development. These diverse fields provide cross-fertilizing perspectives, combining contemporary scientific research with insights and methods from ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary spiritual psychology.
With this knowledge, you can pursue opportunities across a broad spectrum of occupations, including coaching, consulting, teaching, group facilitation, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Consciousness Studies combines spirituality, psychology, and science to help individuals, communities, and organizations develop mindfulness, cultivate enhanced perspectives, and engage creatively and compassionately with the challenges and opportunities of life and work.
This field recognizes that body, mind and spirit, self and world, are dynamic, integrated wholes that work together and therefore must be studied together. Through innovative and mindful approaches, conscious and transformative leaders assist individuals and organizations with the types of problems not typically addressed by traditional l methods.
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