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Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology

The Transpersonal Psychology program is designed to be an innovative learning experience, transforming each student from the inside out. This program integrates the body/mind/spirit wisdom into every aspect of the curriculum. With this mosaic of academics, the student has the opportunity to not only embody personal transformation at a core level but also participate in positively impacting the holistic transformation in others.


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In as little as 2 years (full-time)
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Specializations offer a variety of options students may use to pursue their interests and educational goals. While each specialization has distinctive differences from the other, each can equip the student to make a profound global impact. The five specializations are:

*Only one specialization is allowed

What is Transpersonal Psychology?

Faculty member, Nick Atlas, PhD, talks about the human potential and interconnectedness associated with the teachings and philosophies of Transpersonal Psychology. 

The founding principle of the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology* is the recognition of the existence of a dimension to human nature greater than the individual. The basic philosophy is that connecting with this larger part of one’s self is instrumental in heightening and invigorating creativity, health, and full human potential. Therefore, the curriculum in the Master’s program focuses on the nature of humanity, the nature of the universe, the nature of reality, and holistic living. This principle is expressed through twin goals. The program encourages students to test personally and to apply these core concepts in order to grow toward integration of body, mind, and spirit. The program also encourages students to transform the growth they experience into profound service to others.

This unique experience is available to those seeking profound personal growth and enrichment through Master’s level instruction. The academic program is designed to be an innovative learning experience that will not only result in expanding the student’s vocabulary and knowledge in this field of study but will also work to augment various professional career paths.

Course Delivery

Courses at Atlantic University are delivered in an asynchronous online environment. Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. While your course of study, instructor, or the program will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, you can access and satisfy these requirements on your own schedule, so long as you meet the expected deadlines. Common methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded video content, virtual libraries, lecture notes, and online discussion boards or social media platforms.

Program Overview

Upon successful completion of the Transpersonal Psychology degree program the student will be able to:

  • explain the contribution of transpersonal psychology and transpersonal studies to our understanding of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of human nature and will have utilized techniques described in transpersonal literature to bring about transformative changes in him or herself.
  • describe and discuss fundamental theories about consciousness and human nature from transpersonal perspectives and explain the relevance of those theories to his or her own life.
  • describe their understanding of the interrelationships between the levels of body, mind, spirit, drawing upon both spiritual and psychological perspectives, and will have encountered a variety of transformative experiences at each of those levels.
  • acquire a broader perspective on the meaning of life, the stages of human psychological development, and traditional and transpersonal approaches to “life after death,” while seeing the interconnectedness between these various approaches and her or his own beliefs and perspectives.
  • demonstrate their ability to exercise critical thinking through a variety of written and interactive assignments exploring the transpersonal studies curriculum.
  • discuss perceptual consciousness beyond the conventional five senses using examples found in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.
  • describe the first-hand expanded self-awareness acquired through working with dreams and meditation and explain how this process deepened his or her personal understanding of mind-body-spirit healing.
  • approach and describe contemporary human issues from the perspective of wisdom traditions and their emphasis on the ongoing transformation of human consciousness.
  • incorporate a deep description of their own understanding of the connection of their work to the emerging global community.

*The Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology program is intended for those who would like to pursue a non-clinical degree in psychology. Students who complete this program are not certified to counsel patients and cannot qualify for clinical licensure.