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Atlantic University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
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Read more about Atlantic University's accreditation here: https://www.atlanticuniv.edu/about/accreditation/
The founder of the university, Edgar Cayce, desired to have academic programs that spoke to the masses, not just those interested in his work. He wanted Atlantic University to include mainstream, applicable degrees, and programs that were split into three main categories:
The university also has a strong affiliation with the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), the nonprofit organization Mr. Cayce and supporters founded in 1931.
The university is not grounded in any one particular faith, religion, or spiritual tradition; rather, the academics are presented to allow the student to discover more about themselves as they relate to the material presented.
No. Atlantic University does not have a Ph.D. program. We do offer an MA in Transpersonal Psychology and an MA in Mindful Leadership. We also offer graduate certificates in Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis and Mindful Leadership. For those looking to learn more about the program without a commitment to a graduate program, the university offers two noncredit options, the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training Certificate, and the Lifelong Learning program.
All Atlantic University classes are offered online in a virtual classroom using a secure learning management system. We do not offer any fully on-campus, face-to-face classes. The Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis courses are considered hybrids (part online, part in-person). These three courses begin in the online classroom, and in the fourth week of instruction, the students are required to attend a residential training on the Virginia Beach campus.
What does an online class at Atlantic University look like?
Once a student completes their degree or certificate, they have a wide array of opportunities available. Many go on to teach, write, lecture, coach, and/or become entrepreneurs and build their own businesses. Some establish nonprofits or go to work with existing nonprofit agencies. There are others who use this education to add to their current professions and build upon what they already know, thus advancing their careers. Some complete these programs for personal enrichment, while others go on to a more advanced degree or certificate.
Within the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology program, there are five specializations to choose from General Studies, Applied Spirituality, Consciousness, Creativity, Leadership and Conflict Transformation. These specializations are like major areas of concentration in which you can focus your studies.
To learn more about what graduates do with their degrees and certificates, view the Alumni Directory.
How long does it take to finish a program?
Note: Master degree programs must be completed within seven (7) years from the date of first enrollment.
The university does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid. We do offer the option to make monthly tuition payments. Military and VA benefits are accepted for select programs. We also accept employer tuition assistance for select programs.
For those who qualify, scholarships are available and can reduce the cost of attendance. To see if you qualify, read more about Atlantic University Scholarships.
Yes. Students may use their Veteran’s benefits to help pay for the graduate programs. Veteran's benefits cannot be applied to non-credit programs; however, military scholarships are available.
Educational Benefit Programs Available:
Your individual eligibility for educational benefits will vary depending on your period of enlistment, length of service, and branch of service. Please contact your branch’s or service unit’s educational services office for more information and determination of benefits.
Students must take 6-credit hours (two courses) per semester at the Graduate level for full-time benefits. Half-time benefits are awarded for 3-credit hours (one course) per semester.
For more information on Veterans Administration Education Programs, go to www.gibill.va.gov.
We do not require the GRE or any other exam for entrance into the university. International students who speak English as a second language will have to submit TOEFL scores as part of their admissions package.
If you are applying to a graduate program, we will need only the transcripts from the institution who awarded your bachelor’s degree. There have been times where transcripts from all institutions attended were needed for supporting documentation. If this is the case, the applicant will be contacted.
No, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education to apply for a graduate program. However, prospective students without a bachelor's degree may be interested in the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training Certificate or the Lifelong Learning program. Both of these programs are offered as noncredit options to students who do not have an undergraduate degree or to those who do not wish to pursue a master’s degree.
Ideal candidates will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, but those who fall below this threshold are still encouraged to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on their total admissions package and interview. If the GPA is below 3.0, applicants are encouraged to spend quality time on their admissions essay, explain their GPA, and why the university is a good fit for them.
Yes. Graduate certificate courses can transfer into the conferring degree programs. For example, courses taken as part of the Mindful Leadership Graduate Certificate can transfer into the Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership, and Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis courses can transfer into the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology.
In certain cases, yes. For graduate programs, we can accept up to 12 credit hours. These courses must be determined to be relevant and comparable to those offered by the university. See Transfer Credits to learn more.
No. Prospective students do not need a degree to participate in the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training Certificate or the Lifelong Learning program. It is necessary, however, to have a high school diploma or a GED to apply.
Transcripts are not required when applying for noncredit programs.
No. Courses taken at the noncredit level cannot be transferred into the graduate programs. Students may, however, transfer Lifelong Learning courses into the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training certificate, where appropriate.
As outlined in the admissions requirements, the essay should be written specifically for admissions to the Atlantic University program for which you are applying. This essay is reviewed by an admission committee and is seen as a writing sample. It is encouraged that the admissions essay is closely proofread multiple times and reviewed to ensure all questions have been answered prior to submitting to the admissions department.
Each program has different essay requirements. Please go to the program for which you are applying to read more about the specifics of the essay requirement.
Review the admissions essay, write down the reasons that you believe you should be admitted to the program, and review your completed admissions package. Ask yourself these questions: Why am I applying to this program? What do I want to do upon completion of the program? How will I adjust my schedule in order to complete the program?
Students can enroll in one, two, or three courses per semester. If you have a busy life, it is recommended that you begin with just one course so you can first integrate this curriculum into your life before diving into more than one course.
To remain an active student, you will have to enroll in at least three semesters per academic year. If you need to take more than one semester off, you will have to apply for a Leave of Absence*.
*This does not apply to students applying for the Lifelong Learning program.
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