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Molly Davis

Earn Your MA in Consciousness & Transformative Studies

Molly Davis talks about the unique educational experience offered by JFK University's Consciousness and Transformative Studies program.

Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies

The Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies program provides a 58-unit curriculum with courses that challenge students’ beliefs, examine the relationship between consciousness and the world, and explore new possibilities for personal, social, and global transformation.

Courses in new physics, environmental sustainability, and neurophilosophy provide a new scientific paradigm for the study of consciousness and transformation. Personal growth and creativity are explored through courses in myth, symbol, dreams, and indigenous knowledge. The examination of East/West traditions presents different paths to spiritual awareness. The nature of intelligence, insight, and human consciousness is explored through courses in transpersonal and integral psychologies.

Students may choose 5–7 units of electives plus an additional three units of self-exploration from various programs throughout the University. To complete the degree program, students can choose either a four-unit thesis or a two-unit integrative project.

Optional Specializations
Students who wish to focus their studies more deeply in one area may elect to declare an optional specialization in one of the following areas: dream studies; culture and consciousness; consciousness and healing; and philosophy and religion.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students earning a Master's in Consciousness and Transformative Studies will be able to do the following:

  • Articulate and apply a holistic and developmental view of consciousness and human evolution.
  • Demonstrate awareness and accountability for one’s subjective states and stage development using integrative psychological and spiritual principles and practices.
  • Communicate and apply systems theory principles to individual, community, and organizational transformation.
  • Employ professional development and leadership skills to a creative project in service of consciousness growth and systems change.
  • Apply Participatory Action Research skills to a creative leadership project in service of consciousness growth and systems change.

Requirements

Courses

Undergraduate Prerequisites [1]
COR 3145 - Research Writing (4 units)

Curriculum
CNS 5049 - Introduction to Consciousness and Transformative Studies (0 units)
CNS 5010 - Paradigms of Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5015 - Body Consciousness/Body Wisdom (2 units)
CNS 5017 - Human Development and the Evolution of Consciousnesss (2 units)
CNS 5020 - Archetypal Mythology (3 units)
CNS 5023 - Shamanic Traditions (2 units)
CNS 5025 - Cosmology and Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5030 - Sleep, Dreams, and States of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration (topic varies) (2 units required) (courses are 1 or 2 units)
CNS 5120 - Diversity, Community & Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5125 - Transpersonal Psychology (3 units)
CNS 5126 - Qualitative Research A (1 unit)
CNS 5127 - Qualitative Research B (2 unit)
CNS 5275 - Living Systems and Creative Potential (2 units)
CNS 5284 - Consciousness and Sustainability: Solutions for the 21st Century (2 units)
CNS 5012 - Effective Communication A: Emotional Dynamics (3 units)
CNS 5013 - Effective Communication B: Intersubjectivity (3 units)
CNS 5455 - Exploring Professional Identity A (2 units)
CNS 5613 - Consciousness Studies Integration (1 unit)

Spirituality Requirement (4 units)
CNS 5349 - Integral Life Spiritual Practice (2 units)
Two additional units of graduate courses in spirituality

Professional Development
[2] (6 units)
CNS 5615 - Publishing and Media (2 units)
CNS 5670 - Advanced Writing and Publishing (2 units)
CNS 5410 - Teaching Practicum A (2 units)
CNS 5411 - Teaching Practicum B (2 units)
CNS 5453 - Personal & Professional Coaching (2 units)
CNS 5454 - Awakening the Global Citizen: Consciousness Leadership for a Sustainable Future (2 units)
CNS 5465 - Starting Your Own Business (2 units)
CNS 54XX - Transformational Leadership (2 units)
SVL 5000 - Service Learning (0 units)

Select either Integrative Project or Thesis [3]
CNS 5610 - MA Integrative Project A (1 unit)
CNS 5611 - MA Integrative Project B (1 unit)
OR
CNS 5600 - Planning a Thesis (1 unit)
CNS 5615 - Thesis (3 units)
Electives (5 - 7 units)

Total units required for degree: 58

Specializations

NOTE: Specializations are completed within the 58 units required for the degree. The specialization requirements are met through completion of four “core” courses and 6-7 elective units, all of which are part of the degree requirements.

Consciousness and Healing
CNS 5015 - Body Consciousness/Body Wisdom (2 units)
CNS 5012 - Effective Communication A: Emotional Dynamics (3 units)
CNS 5023 - Shamanic Traditions (2 units)
CNS 5275 - Living Systems and Creative Potential (2 units)

Electives - Select among the following: (7 units)
CNS 5018 - Professional Identity: Enneagram ( 2 units)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration: Writing Your Story (1 unit)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration: Ancestral Consciousness & Healing (2 units)
CNS 5135 - Psychosynthesis (2 units)
CNS 5345 - Shamanism & Dreams (1 unit)
CNS 5347 - Spirituality, Symbols, Dreams (2 units)
CNS 5620 - Issues in Consciousness Studies (Varies)
CNS 5832 - Earth Body Spirit (2 units)

Culture and Consciousness
CNS 5020 - Archetypal Mythology (3 units)
CNS 5120 - Diversity, Community, & Leadership (3 units)
CNS 5275 - Living Systems and Creative Potential (2 units)
CNS 5023 - Shamanic Traditions (2 units)

Electives - Select among the following: (6 units)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration: Ancestral Consciousness and Healing (2 units)
CNS 5039 - Writing Your Story (1 Unit)
CNS 54XX - Transformational Leadership (2 units)
CNS 5013 - Effective Communication B (3 units)
CNS 5347 - Spirituality, Symbols, Dreams (2 units)

Dream Studies
CNS 5020 - Archetypal Mythology (3 units)
CNS 5030 - Sleep, Dreams, and States of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5212 - Psychology of Dreams (2 units)
CNS 5280 - Dreams, Archetypes, and Personal Mythology (2 units)

Electives - Select among the following (7 units)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration: Stones, Shaman & Goddess Dreams ( 1 unit)
CNS 5216 - Lucid Dreaming (2 units)
CNS 5345 - Shamanism & Dreams (1 unit)
CNS 5347 - Spirituality, Symbols, Dream (2 units)
CNS 5832 - Earth Body Spirit (2 units)

Philosophy and Religion
CNS 5010 - Paradigms of Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5025 - Cosmology and Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5017 - Human Development and the Evolution of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5349 - Integral Life Spiritual Practice (2 units)

Electives - Select among the following (6 units)
CNS 5035 - Philosophy of Mind (3 units)
CNS 5037 - Neuro-Philosophy of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5027 - Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5286 - World Spirituality (2 units)

[1] Upon review of the personal statement submitted for admission to the program, the Program Chair will determine whether a writing sample will be required. If writing is determined to need development, prerequisite writing course, COR 3145 Research Writing, will be required. Students must complete this course during the first year of graduate study.

[2]Consult with an advisor for appropriate course selections.

[3] Students taking the Integrative Project option complete seven units of electives.  Students writing a thesis complete five units of electives.  Electives may be chosen from graduate courses offered throughout the University.  Students admitted to certificate programs in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies may also apply these courses toward their electives.