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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.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Consciousness, Psychology, and Transformation offers an innovative and practical approach to the exploration of consciousness and the catalyzing of personal and societal transformation. This fully online interdisciplinary curriculum in applied consciousness studies aims to actualize human potential in service of the greater global good. Students learn knowledge and skills that empower them to become responsible leaders in their own lives and creative agents of organizational, sociocultural, and ecological change.

The 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.

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Course Details

Total Degree Requirements

  • 58 quarter units

Core Requirements

  • 11 courses; 29 quarter units

A paradigm is a model of reality, or aspects of reality, held by a community, and affirmed and enacted through communal behavior. Society today is shaped by past paradigms of consciousness as well as those which are newly emerging. This course explores the nature of paradigms, how they emerge, how they are sustained and how they are changed. We give particular attention to the evolution of various paradigms of consciousness and reality – from indigenous to modern, postmodern, holistic, and integral – and examine the potential of each to contribute to personal, social, and global transformation.

This course focuses on emotional intelligence—the capacity to recognize, understand, regulate, and creatively channel the wisdom and energy of emotional experience, as well as to empathize and relate to others’ emotions. Students learn what emotions are and how they arise physiologically, experientially, and behaviorally. A phenomenological approach enables students to connect with and describe emotions in order to enter more directly into the multi- layered, visceral experience of their emotional lives. The practice of mindfulness allows students to observe, track, and comprehend their experience with openness, curiosity, and acuity. Mindfulness also enables students to identify and work with habitual cognitive schemas and emotional reactions.

PrerequisiteCNS 5012

This course applies emotional intelligence, along with intuition, social knowledge, and cultural competence, to interpersonal contexts. Students practice techniques of effective listening and understand how emotional triggers can block interpersonal connection. The course also focuses on effective communication, the capacity to attune to another’s experience while remaining connected to one’s own. Students explore how emotional triggers through relationship and provide an opportunity for the expansion of self-awareness and integration. Topics include the principles of nonviolent communication, conflict resolution, and the process of coming into conscious relationship.

This experiential course gives students the opportunity to explore their authentic body experiences from a variety of somatic modalities, and in so doing to contact their own lived body wisdom. Students develop greater body consciousness through exercises addressing parts of the body, body systems, and their body in relationship to self, other and the natural world. A variety of movement practices promote creativity and self- expression, supporting the development of emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication. Students integrate a repertoire of body-centered skills to apply to personal challenges, spiritual growth and life enrichment.

This course imparts a meta- perspective on human development and on the evolution of human consciousness. Developmental models assist us in perceiving the growth potentials across the human lifespan, culminating in conscious leadership. The course introduces various models of human development, such as Erikson’s psychosocial development, Kohlberg and Gilligan’s moral development, Fowler’s faith development and Kegan’s adult development. The course also explores basic elements of Ken Wilber’s integral theory, including the four quadrants, the difference between states and stages, and premodern, modern, and postmodern altitudes. Topics include models of consciousness, the relationship of Self/self, and the potential of integral psychology to deepen our understanding of and engagement with personal psycho-spiritual development as well as social/global change.

PrerequisiteCNS 5013

This course explores the multiple meanings of diversity, leadership, and community and directs students in a self- inquiry process about — who am I, who am I becoming, who are we, and who do we want to be as leaders in an emerging paradigm of global citizenship, interrelationship, interconnection, and compassion? Students explore diversity, community development, leadership skills, new breakthrough ideas, and technologies for expressing their highest and deepest values as agents of transformative change in the personal lives, families, and communities.

Transpersonal psychology explores the higher and deeper dimensions of human experience and relationship, including religious visions, sacred encounters, mystical moments, synchronicities, past-life memories, near-death experiences, cosmic consciousness, ecstasy, psychic phenomena, and prophetic dreams. This course explores major transpersonal concepts, theories, practices, and research findings. Topics include transpersonal models of human consciousness and development, the relationship of Self to self, non-ordinary states of consciousness, the perennial philosophy, meditation, lucid dreaming, entheogens, shamanic journeys, parapsychology, neurophenomenology, transpersonal therapies, spiritual emergency, and spiritual bypassing. Through readings, contemplative exercises, written assignments, and in-class discussions, students deepen insight into their own and others’ psychological and spiritual experience and development.

This course introduces the basic principles of Living Systems Theory using theoretical and experiential components. Students apply these principles and practices to a selected area of interest (ecology, psychological development, community/cultural development, education, business or spiritual leadership, etc.). We also explore feedback processes, the interdependence of all life, creative emergence, individual development, family systems and the impact of systems thinking on organizational transformation and social change.

The complex challenges of our time demand that we give the best of ourselves to the world, yet many of these challenges leave us with little time for self-care or self-cultivation. An integral life practice, which draws on both ancient and modern insights and techniques as well as the principles of cross-training to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, offers a streamlined approach to transformative practice and thriving. Through this course, students engage in individual and collective self-assessment exercises, and learn to design and implement an integrative program of practices to promote physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening.

Terrapsychology is a growing field of studies, ideas, and practices for reimagining and restorying how deeply and intimately our psychological life is involved with our surroundings, whether human or other than human. More informally, we tend to see how the world gets into the heart and how the heart reflects the world. Drawing on depth psychology and ecopsychology, terrapsychology explores how terrain, place, elements, and natural processes show up in human psychology, endeavor, and story, including myth and folklore. In this course students will be introduced to terrapsychology and its practices and ask: What emerges when we listen, imagine, and feel into rich intersections of psyche, story, symbol, body, mood, and place? When we put the presence of the world at the center of psychology?

This course, taken at the conclusion of the program, offers students the opportunity to integrate cumulative learning from the Consciousness and Transformative Studies curriculum, both personally and conceptually. The intent of the course is to assist students with reviewing and integrating core consciousness principles and practices and to gain stronger conceptual and practical mastery of the entire curriculum. Students review the foundational ideas from the core curriculum, gathered through student presentations. Additionally, students apply these concepts and principles in a personal essay exploring their own transformation of consciousness throughout the program.

Required Professional Development

  • 9 quarter units

In this professional development course students focus on building an effective online business structure, selecting an audience and creating content designed to promote oneself and business via social media. Through class lectures and discussions, videos, readings, written assignments and experiential exercises, students gain an understanding of how best get their messages and material out and promote themselves online. This class is dedicated to providing a participatory experience for students to create a strong, cohesive online presence designed to drive business and support further business development and creative outlets such as book publishing and media appearances. The practical knowledge and skills gained further students’ professional development and credibility as experts in their own topic areas, as well as support their creativity in projects aimed at consiousness growth and systems change.

The demand for coaching is ever increasing to meet the challenges of living in today’s complex world. Discover what is needed to develop an effective and trusted coaching relationship that creates meaningful and sustainable change. Learn how to coach from an integral perspective that engages the complexity and potential of the whole person –mind, body, heart and spirit. The focus of this course will be on understanding the coaching process and developing basic coaching competencies. This course includes practical training.

Prerequisite: CNS 5010

This course is designed to support students’ attainment of right livelihood. The project serves as a creative and practical bridge to help students translate and apply their CPT experience to their post-CPT professional life. By a process of intensive self-reflection and extensive career research, students create a transformative career plan. They reflect on their personal and occupational histories as well as insights, practices, skills, and ways of knowing and being developed in the CPT program.

This course introduces you to the most relevant theories behind coaching. It addresses human development, differences in how we learn, the role and limitation of willpower, and relevant major theories of change in individuals and work groups. You will continue to practice coaching and work with a practice partner or coachee. The goal of this course is to deepen your coaching and to become more skilled at understanding where your coachee is in their development, so that you can more successfully guide them to fulfill their potential. This course includes practical training.

This course weaves together material from prior coaching courses and focuses on practical training. You will review coaching basics and learn about various tools to help the integral coaching process. Practice how to coach from an integral perspective that engages the complexity and potential of the whole person – mind, body, heart, and spirit. At the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate integral coaching skills, show familiarity with the core competencies defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and fulfill the requirements of the Consciousness and Transformation Coaching Specialization.

Students learn presentation and facilitation skills that are based on concepts, principles, and practices of consciousness studies and holistic education, such as presence, mindfulness, meditation, creativity, empathy, authenticity, active listening and participatory learning. These skills are not only relevant to delivering professional presentations but also for teaching and training activities. Students plan, develop, market and present a workshop on a topic of their choice. The result is a workshop curriculum in an area of expertise that can be offered professionally in other settings.

This professional development course enables students to gain comfort and facility guiding both structured exercises and also sharing what arises for each member in a less structured context. Students learn to create, grow, and sustain a group so that its unfolding process is built on safety. This involves skillfully managing the natural ongoing process of self-disclosure, being mindful of how groups develop over time, learning basic skills of Non-Violent Communication, and giving and receiving feedback in emotionally healthy ways. Students learn about group facilitation from three distinct modalities: by participating in the small group of the class as facilitated by the instructor, by the theory related to formation and development of healthy groups, and by facilitating their own small group, with guidance and oversight provided by the instructor. Attention is given to creating group cultures that are holistic: body, mind, emotion, soul, and spirit.

Recommended Preparation: CNS 5275; Prerequisite: CNS 5017

This course explores principles and practices of Transformational Leadership, and application of these principles to personal and professional development. Course topics include: development of capacities such as a high level of self-awareness, deep listening personal accountability, integrity and emotional intelligence; challenging the status quo; encouraging creativity; fostering diversity, inclusion and supportive relationships; articulating a clear vision; managing conflict and motivating others to achieve their unique leadership potential; application of systems thinking/theory; creating vision and courage to implement change; embodiment of Wisdom and Compassion in Action, and strategies for actualizing and manifesting personal and professional intentions and goals. Course includes readings, experiential exercises, and application of leadership to personal and professional projects.

Using multiple soul-encounter technologies (Jungian Journaling, Entelechy Method, Guided Meditation, Cross Species Dialogue, 20-Years Process, and Voice Dialogue) students explore different aspects of their soul’s calling in relation to work, including the eight dimensions of purpose: Vision, Values, Powers, Essence, Give- away, Mission, Message and Delivery System. Emerging from multiple soul- encounters, students uncover a picture of their optimum work life: where they know their unique gifts and how (and where) to deliver them, for whom they are meant for, and a strong business plan that allows for success in both the survival dance of making a living and the sacred dance of embracing one’s true purpose.

Prerequisite: CNS 5010

This course enables students to share their vision, knowledge, and wisdom by getting published,and is intended for students who with the desire and potential to publish their work. The course assists students to refine and polish their writing and prepare a manuscript for publication. An internal prerequisite for this course is an already well-written paper of high quality, for which an A grade was received in a previous course. Students learn how to: structure the paper, identify their audience or readers, identify the value of their paper, fine-tune the text, write a pitch letter, and determine where to send multiple submissions. At the end of this course, students identify a suitable journal and submit their work for publication. Not all writers become authors without guidance; this course creates the container to step into authorship.

Graduate Electives

  • 20 quarter units

The student must complete 20 quarter units of coursework from the approved elective course list, below. If a student is pursuing one of the optional specializations, additional units will be required from this list of graduate electives to fulfill the graduate unit requirement for the degree. Elective units can be taken in any order, provided that course pre-requisites have been met for those courses.

  • CNS 5670 Advanced Writing & Publishing 2.00
  • CNS 5850 Sacred Activism  2.00
  • CNS 5836 Loreology  3.00
  • CNS 5837 The Sacred in World Literature 3.00
  • CNS 5481 Archetypal Myth and Dream  3.00
  • CNS 5023 Shamanic Traditions 2.00
  • CNS 5025 Cosmology & Consciousness 3.00
  • CNS 5030 Consciousness of Sleep & Dream  2.00
  • CNS 5286 World Spirituality, Evolving  2.00
  • CNS 5455 Prof. Identity & Life Purpose 3.00
  • CNS 5832 Earth, Body, Spirit  2.00
  • CNS 5620 Issues Consciousness Studies
  • CNS 5035  Philosophy of Mind 2.00
  • CNS 5037 Neuroscience & Mindfulness 2.00
  • CNS 5230  Metaphors & Symbols Transform 2.00
  • CNS 5520 Sexuality and Consciousness  1.00
  • CNS 5048 Spiral Dynamics&Social Change 1.00
  • CNS 5347 Spirituality, Symbols & Dreams  2.00
  • CNS 5043  Psychology of Happiness  1.00
  • CNS 5042 Writing Your Story  1.00
  • CNS 5047 Inner Guidance  1.00
  • CNS 5039 Consciousness & Pop Culture 1.00
  • CNS 5046 Creativity & Transformation 2.0

Specialization in Coaching

Specialization Requirements

  • 7 quarter units

PrerequisiteCNS 5012

The demand for coaching is ever increasing to meet the challenges of living in today’s complex world. Discover what is needed to develop an effective and trusted coaching relationship that creates meaningful and sustainable change. Learn how to coach from an integral perspective that engages the complexity and potential of the whole person –mind, body, heart and spirit. The focus of this course will be on understanding the coaching process and developing basic coaching competencies. This course includes practical training.

This course introduces you to the most relevant theories behind coaching. It addresses human development, differences in how we learn, the role and limitation of willpower, and relevant major theories of change in individuals and work groups. You will continue to practice coaching and work with a practice partner or coachee. The goal of this course is to deepen your coaching and to become more skilled at understanding where your coachee is in their development, so that you can more successfully guide them to fulfill their potential. This course includes practical training.

This course weaves together material from prior coaching courses and focuses on practical training. You will review coaching basics and learn about various tools to help the integral coaching process. Practice how to coach from an integral perspective that engages the complexity and potential of the whole person – mind, body, heart, and spirit. At the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate integral coaching skills, show familiarity with the core competencies defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and fulfill the requirements of the Consciousness and Transformation Coaching Specialization.

For millennia, spiritual and psychological thinkers have sought to discern, understand, and follow their inner guidance and help others do so. Whether understood in spiritual or psychological terms, this guidance is invaluable to personal healing and living an independent, creative, and fulfilling life connected to others and contributing to the larger world. This 1-unit course explores transpersonal, psychological, and somatic perspectives and practices for activating, testing, and living this inner guidance and helping others do the same. Most approaches agree on the crucial need to identify, heal, release, or transform psychosocial factors that obstruct the perception and actualization of inner guidance.

Specialization in Consciousness and Healing

Specialization Requirements

  • 10 quarter units

PrerequisiteCNS 5010

The human brain, with its ultimate purpose for ensuring survival, organizing information, and meaning making, is also deceptive and limiting by its own nature. In order not to overload consciousness with billions of bits of seemingly irrelevant data, the brain constructs and projects a reality that we assume and believe is ultimate reality. Our default mode network operates to ensure we are focused on bits of information that serve the self, for the sake of survival and personal thriving. Yet when the brain is introduced to meditation, mindfulness practices, or psychedelics, we find consistent reported states of unity consciousness, ego dissolution, ah-ha moments, flow, increased empathy towards others, the planet, and one’s self, and greater creative problem-solving ability. Ample neuroscientific, therapeutic, and phenomenological evidence indicates that meditation, mindfulness practices, and psychedelics expand human consciousness, positively change world-views, and offer profound experiences of well- being. This course covers how meditation, mindfulness practices, and psychedelics operate on neurological and personal spheres. It also addresses how the integration of neuroscience, psychology, psychedelic sciences, and meditation practices is the cutting edge of human potential and healing.

This course offers a creative, transformative and healing writing practice that integrates personal narrative, voice and connection. The writing method fosters empathy, discernment, trust and confidence, and offers clear guidelines for cultivating a safe writing environment through the use of positive, non-judgmental feedback, deep listening and witnessing. Research has shown that writing about one’s deepest thoughts and feelings can improve health and well- being. The unique events of life are sacred stories that need to be shared and witnessed, and they can become a person’s greatest source of creativity. This class allows students to discover, tell and write their personal life stories.

PrerequisiteCNS 5017

Spiral Dynamics is a model of conscious, cultural evolution that differentiates eight distinct stages of personal and cultural development and carries great explanatory power when applied to the complexities of our emerging global world. These eight stages of development are values-based, delineating core values around which the eight world-views are organized: safety; power; order; success; equality of people; process-orientation; synthesis- orientation. Understanding the underlying values and world-views held by individuals and different cultural groups, and how change emerges through the spiral of conscious cultural development, is a powerful leadership tool for facilitating personal and social change. Students apply the 8-stage model to real-world situations on a contemporary issue of strong personal interest.

For most of its modern history, psychological research has primarily been focused on studying maladaptive emotions and behaviors while paying little attention to happiness and optimal human functioning. For the past two decades, the relatively new field of positive psychology has been redressing this imbalance by researching the fulfilled individual, the thriving community, and other features of a flourishing life. This course explores the latest research in the psychology of happiness and well-being. Students learn powerful insights and practices that enhance a person’s quality of living by cultivating empathy, compassion, love, hope, forgiveness, gratitude, creativity, kindness, generosity, and resilience. Through lectures, discussions, videos, and hands-on exercises, students gain knowledge of how to help themselves and others live satisfying and meaningful lives that contribute to the greater good.

This course explores the importance, meaning, and purpose of metaphors and symbols in both mapping and catalyzing psychological and spiritual growth. Students examine symbols and metaphors of transformation experienced by mystics and spiritual practitioners across time, cultures, and religious traditions. These concepts and images—such as enlightenment, liberation, rebirth, unfoldment, journey, and metamorphosis–have enabled individuals and communities to express the inexpressible and invoke the invisible. Students also apply these principles to personal, community, and planetary transformation. The course includes experiential exercises and applications to daily life. CNS 5270 Issues in Science and Consciousness 1-3 In-depth research and analysis of specific topics in science and consciousness. Topics may include genetics, chaos, synchronicity, complexity, and biology of consciousness.

PrerequisiteCNS 5030

This course examines the three broad stages of the human-nature relationship: the indigenous participatory worldview, the human-nature split of modern Western culture, and the reemerging participatory worldview. It addresses the overarching principle of balance in both indigenous and contemporary systems thinking. It experiments with consciousness-deepening dream, ritual and ceremonial practices that include aspects of the natural world. Taken from a variety of cultural traditions, such practices transform the objectification of nature into an appreciation of its presence, beauty, and powers of healing.

For millennia, spiritual and psychological thinkers have sought to discern, understand, and follow their inner guidance and help others do so. Whether understood in spiritual or psychological terms, this guidance is invaluable to personal healing and living an independent, creative, and fulfilling life connected to others and contributing to the larger world. This 1-unit course explores transpersonal, psychological, and somatic perspectives and practices for activating, testing, and living this inner guidance and helping others do the same. Most approaches agree on the crucial need to identify, heal, release, or transform psychosocial factors that obstruct the perception and actualization of inner guidance.

Specialization in Dream Studies

Specialization Requirements

  • 7 quarter units

For millennia, spiritual and psychological thinkers have sought to discern, understand, and follow their inner guidance and help others do so. Whether understood in spiritual or psychological terms, this guidance is invaluable to personal healing and living an independent, creative, and fulfilling life connected to others and contributing to the larger world. This 1-unit course explores transpersonal, psychological, and somatic perspectives and practices for activating, testing, and living this inner guidance and helping others do the same. Most approaches agree on the crucial need to identify, heal, release, or transform psychosocial factors that obstruct the perception and actualization of inner guidance.

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This course explores the importance, meaning, and purpose of metaphors and symbols in both mapping and catalyzing psychological and spiritual growth. Students examine symbols and metaphors of transformation experienced by mystics and spiritual practitioners across time, cultures, and religious traditions. These concepts and images—such as enlightenment, liberation, rebirth, unfoldment, journey, and metamorphosis–have enabled individuals and communities to express the inexpressible and invoke the invisible. Students also apply these principles to personal, community, and planetary transformation. The course includes experiential exercises and applications to daily life. CNS 5270 Issues in Science and Consciousness 1-3 In-depth research and analysis of specific topics in science and consciousness. Topics may include genetics, chaos, synchronicity, complexity, and biology of consciousness.

PrerequisiteCNS 5030

This course examines the three broad stages of the human-nature relationship: the indigenous participatory worldview, the human-nature split of modern Western culture, and the reemerging participatory worldview. It addresses the overarching principle of balance in both indigenous and contemporary systems thinking. It experiments with consciousness-deepening dream, ritual and ceremonial practices that include aspects of the natural world. Taken from a variety of cultural traditions, such practices transform the objectification of nature into an appreciation of its presence, beauty, and powers of healing.

Terrapsychology is a growing field of studies, ideas, and practices for reimagining and restorying how deeply and intimately our psychological life is involved with our surroundings, whether human or other than human. More informally, we tend to see how the world gets into the heart and how the heart reflects the world. Drawing on depth psychology and ecopsychology, terrapsychology explores how terrain, place, elements, and natural processes show up in human psychology, endeavor, and story, including myth and folklore. In this course students will be introduced to terrapsychology and its practices and ask: What emerges when we listen, imagine, and feel into rich intersections of psyche, story, symbol, body, mood, and place? When we put the presence of the world at the center of psychology?

This course explores the links between creativity and transformation at both the individual and collective levels. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, we investigate the nature of creativity, intuition, and transformation; the characteristics of the creative personality; the stages of the creative process; and the transformative benefits of creative expression for self and society. Students learn diverse methods for understanding and overcoming creative obstacles, for optimizing creative consciousness and expression, and for harnessing creative power for transformative purposes. Students engage in creative expression as a transformative practice and explore the inner states and outer behaviors that arise from this experiential work.

Specialization in Engaged Spirituality

Required Core

  • 1 course; 2 quarter units

What paths lie ahead for religion and spirituality in the 21st Century? How might the insights of modernity and post- modernity impact, inform, and complement humanity’s ancient wisdom traditions? How are we to enact, together, new evolutionary, integral, participatory spiritual visions and contemplative practices – independently, or within or across our respective traditions – that can respond adequately to the personal, social, and planetary challenges of our times? This experientially focused course will explore these questions through an integral, inter- spiritual, and cross-cultural selection of readings, meditations, personal and group inquiries, fieldwork assignments, and rituals.

Specialization Electives

  • 5 quarter units

PrerequisiteCNS 5010

The human brain, with its ultimate purpose for ensuring survival, organizing information, and meaning making, is also deceptive and limiting by its own nature. In order not to overload consciousness with billions of bits of seemingly irrelevant data, the brain constructs and projects a reality that we assume and believe is ultimate reality. Our default mode network operates to ensure we are focused on bits of information that serve the self, for the sake of survival and personal thriving. Yet when the brain is introduced to meditation, mindfulness practices, or psychedelics, we find consistent reported states of unity consciousness, ego dissolution, ah-ha moments, flow, increased empathy towards others, the planet, and one’s self, and greater creative problem-solving ability. Ample neuroscientific, therapeutic, and phenomenological evidence indicates that meditation, mindfulness practices, and psychedelics expand human consciousness, positively change world-views, and offer profound experiences of well- being. This course covers how meditation, mindfulness practices, and psychedelics operate on neurological and personal spheres. It also addresses how the integration of neuroscience, psychology, psychedelic sciences, and meditation practices is the cutting edge of human potential and healing.

For millennia, spiritual and psychological thinkers have sought to discern, understand, and follow their inner guidance and help others do so. Whether understood in spiritual or psychological terms, this guidance is invaluable to personal healing and living an independent, creative, and fulfilling life connected to others and contributing to the larger world. This 1-unit course explores transpersonal, psychological, and somatic perspectives and practices for activating, testing, and living this inner guidance and helping others do the same. Most approaches agree on the crucial need to identify, heal, release, or transform psychosocial factors that obstruct the perception and actualization of inner guidance.

This course explores the importance, meaning, and purpose of metaphors and symbols in both mapping and catalyzing psychological and spiritual growth. Students examine symbols and metaphors of transformation experienced by mystics and spiritual practitioners across time, cultures, and religious traditions. These concepts and images—such as enlightenment, liberation, rebirth, unfoldment, journey, and metamorphosis–have enabled individuals and communities to express the inexpressible and invoke the invisible. Students also apply these principles to personal, community, and planetary transformation. The course includes experiential exercises and applications to daily life. CNS 5270 Issues in Science and Consciousness 1-3 In-depth research and analysis of specific topics in science and consciousness. Topics may include genetics, chaos, synchronicity, complexity, and biology of consciousness.

PrerequisiteCNS 5030

Dreams have awakened human beings to religious experience and spiritual perception since the dawn of humanity. This course examines perennial spiritual themes that appear in our dreams, such as: the presence of the numinous or the sacred; experiences of the religious emotions; the dynamics of fragmentation and oneness, healing and balance in the psyche; the developmental and transformative role of dreams; dreams of fate, purpose and destiny; dreams of life and death; earth and nature dreams; cosmic dreams; and dreams and the subtle body. Students are expected to engage with dreams as a spiritual practice and the subjective states that arise through dreaming throughout the course.

PrerequisiteCNS 5030

This course examines the three broad stages of the human-nature relationship: the indigenous participatory worldview, the human-nature split of modern Western culture, and the reemerging participatory worldview. It addresses the overarching principle of balance in both indigenous and contemporary systems thinking. It experiments with consciousness-deepening dream, ritual and ceremonial practices that include aspects of the natural world. Taken from a variety of cultural traditions, such practices transform the objectification of nature into an appreciation of its presence, beauty, and powers of healing.

PrerequisiteCNS 5010 and CNS 5013; CorequisiteCNS 5048

This course explores sacred activism, its history, principles, and practices. Students will learn from inspiring figures like Mandela, King, and Gandhi, and explore the stories of those who have fought for justice, equality, and peace, including Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. What are the stories of those who have put their principles, and sometimes their lives, on the line to confront injustice, speak truth to power, and bring peace and reconciliation to broken communities?  The course emphasizes hands-on learning, with students undertaking a community exercise or action focused on a cause or social issue of their choosing. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of engaged spirituality and transformative social activism. 

The complex challenges of our time demand that we give the best of ourselves to the world, yet many of these challenges leave us with little time for self-care or self-cultivation. An integral life practice, which draws on both ancient and modern insights and techniques as well as the principles of cross-training to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, offers a streamlined approach to transformative practice and thriving. Through this course, students engage in individual and collective self-assessment exercises, and learn to design and implement an integrative program of practices to promote physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening.

Specialization in Transformational Leadership

Required Core

  • 1 course; 2 quarter units

Recommended PreparationCNS 5275; PrerequisiteCNS 5017

This course explores principles and practices of Transformational Leadership, and application of these principles to personal and professional development. Course topics include: development of capacities such as a high level of self-awareness, deep listening personal accountability, integrity and emotional intelligence; challenging the status quo; encouraging creativity; fostering diversity, inclusion and supportive relationships; articulating a clear vision; managing conflict and motivating others to achieve their unique leadership potential; application of systems thinking/theory; creating vision and courage to implement change; embodiment of Wisdom and Compassion in Action, and strategies for actualizing and manifesting personal and professional intentions and goals. Course includes readings, experiential exercises, and application of leadership to personal and professional projects.

Specialization Electives

  • 4 quarter units

All other required courses for this specialization must be completed at City University of Seattle and transferred back with Satisfactory grades earned.

PrerequisiteCNS 5013

This professional development course enables students to gain comfort and facility guiding both structured exercises and also sharing what arises for each member in a less structured context. Students learn to create, grow, and sustain a group so that its unfolding process is built on safety. This involves skillfully managing the natural ongoing process of self-disclosure, being mindful of how groups develop over time, learning basic skills of Non-Violent Communication, and giving and receiving feedback in emotionally healthy ways. Students learn about group facilitation from three distinct modalities: by participating in the small group of the class as facilitated by the instructor, by the theory related to formation and development of healthy groups, and by facilitating their own small group, with guidance and oversight provided by the instructor. Attention is given to creating group cultures that are holistic: body, mind, emotion, soul, and spirit.

In this professional development course students focus on building an effective online business structure, selecting an audience and creating content designed to promote oneself and business via social media. Through class lectures and discussions, videos, readings, written assignments and experiential exercises, students gain an understanding of how best to get their messages and material out and promote themselves online. This class is dedicated to providing a participatory experience for students to create a strong, cohesive online presence designed to drive business and support further business development and creative outlets such as book publishing and media appearances. The practical knowledge and skills gained further students’ professional development and credibility as experts in their own topic areas, as well as support their creativity in projects aimed at consciousness growth and systems change.

Students learn presentation and facilitation skills that are based on concepts, principles, and practices of consciousness studies and holistic education, such as presence, mindfulness, meditation, creativity, empathy, authenticity, active listening and participatory learning. These skills are not only relevant to delivering professional presentations but also for teaching and training activities. Students plan, develop, market and present a workshop on a topic of their choice. The result is a workshop curriculum in an area of expertise that can be offered professionally in other settings.

PrerequisiteCNS 5010

This course enables students to share their vision, knowledge, and wisdom by getting published, and is intended for students who with the desire and potential to publish their work. The course assists students to refine and polish their writing and prepare a manuscript for publication. An internal prerequisite for this course is an already well-written paper of high quality, for which an A grade was received in a previous course. Students learn how to: structure the paper, identify their audience or readers, identify the value of their paper, fine-tune the text, write a pitch letter, and determine where to send multiple submissions. At the end of this course, students identify a suitable journal and submit their work for publication. Not all writers become authors without guidance; this course creates the container to step into authorship.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive the Master of Arts in Consciousness, Psychology, and Transformation students must complete 46 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.

In addition to completing an application, an applicant must submit:

  • One set of official transcripts of the conferred BA or BS degree and of any post-bachelor credits or degrees.
  • A personal statement of 6 to 8 double-spaced, typewritten pages describing any personal or professional growth, work, or life events that have informed and shaped the applicant’s consciousness across the life span, including formative childhood experiences and the influence of the family of origin on one’s development. In addition, the essay may comment on influential prior reading in the field of consciousness studies, and future professional and personal goals.  
  • Letters of recommendation are welcomed, but not required. Letters should be from professional associates, teachers, supervisors, friends, or others who can comment on emotional, spiritual, intellectual and practical development, personal character, and capacity for graduate study in the degree area.
  • Admissions interview with faculty-interviews with one or two faculty members are required. Upon receipt of a completed application, an admissions interview with the program chair will be scheduled. The interview can be conducted in person, by phone, or via online video conferencing. A second interview may be requested.

Graduates of the Consciousness, Psychology, and Transformation program work in a range of fields where their new knowledge, skills, and capacities allow them to effectively guide individuals, organizations, and even entire communities through transformational change.

The curriculum is structured to allow you to direct your career path based on your interests, values, passions, prior career background, and skill set. Graduates have pursued professional pathways such as coaching, writing, publishing, public speaking, and starting their own businesses. According to Forbes, Career Builder, Harvard U, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center, Google, CNBC, LinkedIn, the Wall Street Journal, Express Employment Professionals, and the Society for Human Resources Management, relational, creative, emotion management, problem-solving, and communication skills are in demand. Per the WSJ, two hiring priorities include kindness and integrity.*

The knowledge and credentials you acquire can prepare you for a wide range of careers, including:

  • Transformative Organizational Leader
  • Workshop Leader
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Coach/Facilitator of Human Development
  • Consultant
  • Mentor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Community Organizer
  • Social Action Advocate
  • Spiritual Director

Research conducted on spirituality at work suggests that graduates with this degree could seek opportunities like:

  • Meditation instructor
  • Mindfulness coach
  • Spiritual counselor
  • Life coach

Here are examples of what our alumni are doing and have done, professionally:

  • Developed and operates a mindfulness program for state employees.
  • Developed and operates a holistic leadership training program for state leaders.
  • Offers intuition-based leadership coaching and training to colleagues in a mental health agency.
  • Developed a business plan to launch an international business in a creative field.
  • Provides leadership training to young women leaders at a Fortune 100 company.
  • Expanded a Yoga Center to include holistic services.
  • Offers mindfulness classes to colleagues and developed a business plan to expand a military program from one state to the entire nation.
  • Returned to a teaching career and is now implementing social-emotional learning.
  • Offers well-being coaching to colleagues in the military.
  • Co-founded a business consulting firm that builds on their holistic and integral   knowledge.
  • Expanded their consulting practice to focus on women while offering an integral approach.
  • Graduated from PhD programs
  • Went on to train as a psychotherapist.
  • Planned and designed a biodynamic farm.

National University does not guarantee the successful attainment of a student’s desired professional pathway, or any specific job mentioned above by graduates of the Transformation Studies program. While the program equips individuals with valuable knowledge, skills, and capacities, the actual outcomes and career trajectories are subject to various factors, including individual efforts, market conditions, and external opportunities.

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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, 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 leadership skills, 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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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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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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