Brittneii P.

Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies

Brittneii P. & Antwan S.
Class of 2020, Military Veteran
Brittnei P.

Embark on a Personal Journey to Greater Professional Fulfillment.

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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Combine a personal journey of self-discovery with your professional development.

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The online Master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies bridges science and spirituality with professional development, including an optional embedded coach training certification.

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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If you’re seeking personal meaning in your personal life and professional fulfillment in your career, National University offers a trailblazing program which acknowledges that the journey of identifying and embodying our authentic purpose in life would not be complete without the practical skills necessary to make that vision a reality.

In existence since the late 1970s, this curriculum was one of the first of its kind in the country. A significant portion of the required coursework (14 units) is devoted to professional development topics such as such as coaching, teaching, writing and publishing, small group facilitation, entrepreneurship, and self-marketing. These practical skills aid students in translating their degree into a professional context. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your knowledge and expertise by choosing from a variety of specializations: Life Coaching, Transformational Leadership, Consciousness and Healing, Engaged Spirituality, and Dream Studies.

The curriculum is designed to support you to explore and expand consciousness, actualize human potential, and foster conscious leadership in your profession, community, and the wider world. Additionally, upon entering this program, many students affirm the feeling of finding their tribe, discovering a community of shared experiences, values, and aspirations.

Graduates of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies program go on to 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 self-direct your own career path based upon your personal interests, values, passions, prior career background, and skill set. Graduates have pursued professional pathways such as coaching, writing and publishing, public speaking, and starting their own businesses. The knowledge and credentials you acquire can prepare you for a wide range of careers, including:

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

If you’re interested in careers in which spirituality likely plays a key role, Emsi Labor Analyst data suggests graduates with this degree will be prepared for opportunities like:

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

Because different career tracks require different knowledge and skill sets, NU offers a broad range of industry-relevant specializations for our MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies degree. You can choose to concentrate your studies in:

  • Specialization in Coaching – In this Coach Training Program, certified by the International Coaching Federation, students learn how to pair the skill of coaching with expertise in the consciousness field, thereby enhancing their marketable professional knowledge and skills.
  • Specialization in Consciousness and Healing – The courses in this specialization allow students to explore the fascinating implications of the mind/body/spirit equation in terms of physical health, psychological well-being and personal longevity.
  • Specialization in Dream Studies – This specialization offers an interdisciplinary exploration of dreams from scientific, psychological, spiritual, indigenous, and contemporary perspectives. It is one of the few accredited interdisciplinary dream studies curricula in existence.
  • Specialization in Engaged Spirituality – This specialization, with an emphasis on spiritual psychology, explores the varieties of spiritual experience, development, practice, and service, delving into traditional and contemporary approaches to the inner life and ethically responsible ways to effect change in community, society, and the global community and ecosystems.
  • Specialization in Transformational Leadership –The Transformational Leadership specialization, embedded in transformative studies, focuses on the cultivation of professional skills and personal capacities that are widely applicable to any field and form the essence of leadership.

For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.


The optional Coach Training Program is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the gold standard in the coaching industry. The program is also aligned with NU’s intention to provide an education that empowers you to make a difference in your life, your family’s lives, and your community. The Coach Training Program is embedded within the Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA degree and is designed to provide a professional pathway into the coaching field.

This program cultivates knowledge and skills to help you develop effective and trusted coach-client relationships. Students will 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 program is on understanding the coaching process and developing fundamental coaching skills in accordance with the ICF Core Competencies. Learn more about the Coach Training Program here.

To earn NU’s MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies, students must complete 58-63 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.

Total Degree Requirements (58-63 quarter units)

Core Requirements (14 courses; 36 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
CNS 5010 Paradigms of Consciousness 3.00
CNS 5012 Emotional Intelligence 3.00
CNS 5013 Social Intelligence
Prerequisite: CNS 5012
3.00
CNS 5015 Body Consciousness/Body Wisdom 2.00
CNS 5017 Human Development & Consciousness 2.00
CNS 5020 Archetypal Mythology
Prerequisite: CNS 5025
3.00
CNS 5023 Shamanic Traditions 2.00
CNS 5025 Cosmology & Consciousness
Prerequisite: CNS 5010
3.00
CNS 5027 Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness 2.00
CNS 5030 Consciousness of Sleep & Dream 2.00
CNS 5048 Spiral Dynamics & Social Change 1.00
CNS 5120 Diversity, Community, Leadership
Prerequisite: CNS 5013
3.00
CNS 5125 Transpersonal Psychology 3.00
CNS 5275 Living Systems & Creative Potential 2.00
CNS 5613 Consciousness Studies Integration
Prerequisite: CNS 5126
1.00

Elective Requirement (7 quarter units)

Course Description
CNS 5014 Spiritual Intelligence (1 unit)
CNS 5018 Enneagram
CNS 5035 Philosophy of Mind
CNS 5037 Neuroscience and Mindfulness
CNS 5039 Consciousness & Pop Culture (1 unit)
CNS 5041 Ancestral Consciousness and Healing
CNS 5042 Writing your Story
CNS 5043 Psychology of Happiness
CNS 5046 Creativity & Transformation
CNS 5047 Inner Guidance (1 unit)
CNS 5212 Psychology of Dreams
CNS 5230 Metaphors & Symbols of Transformation (2 units)
CNS 5280 Dreams, Archetypes and Personal Mythology
CNS 5286 World Spirituality (2 units)
CNS 5347 Spirituality, Symbols & Dreams (2 units)
CNS 5348 Psycho-Spiritual Development and Integral Meditation)
CNS 5520 Sexuality & Consciousness ( 1 unit)
CNS 5620 Issues in Consciousness Studies (topics vary)
CNS 5832 Earth Body Spirit ( 2 units)

Professional Development Requirement (9 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
CNS 5455 Professional Identity & Life Purpose 3.00

AND choose 6 quarter units from the following:

Course Description Quarter Units
CNS 5045 Transformational Leadership
Prerequisite: CNS 5275
2.00
CNS 5410 Presentation & Facilitation 2.00
CNS 5411 Creating/Conducting a Workshop
Prerequisite: CNS 5410
2.00
CNS 5414 Group Facilitation 2.00
CNS 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching
Prerequisite: CNS 5017
2.00
CNS 5465 Starting Your Own Business 2.00
CNS 5616 Self-Marketing: Publishing & Traditional Media 1.00
CNS 5617 Self-Marketing: Social Media 1.00
CNS 5670 Advanced Writing & Publishing 2.00

Professional Project (4 courses; 5 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
CNS 5126 Professional Project A 1.00
CNS 5127 Professional Project B
Prerequisite: CNS 5126
2.00
CNS 5610 Professional Project C
Prerequisite: CNS 5127
1.00
CNS 5611 Professional Project D
Prerequisite: CNS 5610
1.00

Graduate Electives (7 quarter units)

MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies students must complete 7 quarter units of coursework from the approved elective course lists. Optionally, they can fulfill this requirement with one of the following specializations:

  • Coaching
  • Consciousness and Healing
  • Dream Studies
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Transformative Leadership

For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.

National University’s master’s degree in Consciousness & Transformative Studies is offered online in a mostly asynchronous format, supplemented by synchronous live class sessions conducted through audio-visual conferencing. This curriculum incorporates experiential learning in its transformative studies approach.

Asynchronous online classrooms provide instruction, lessons and/or coursework via an online learning management system that allows students to view and complete instructional materials each week at times of their choice.

Synchronous classes serve to create a virtual learning community, and require students to log in, engage and attend at specific times and dates, leveraging web and videoconferencing technologies to provide instruction, lessons and direct engagement with faculty and peers in real time.

Karen Jaenke, PhD

Karen Jaenke, PhD

Program Chair,
Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA

“Students who enroll in our program are often seeking personal meaning and fulfillment in their work. They want to create an alignment between their core personal values so that their work can be a direct expression of who they are.”

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MA in Consciousness & Transformative Studies FAQs

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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Program Disclosures

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.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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