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Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies

The Master of Arts in Consciousness & 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 ecotherapy and deep sustainability.

Program Learning Outcomes

Academically, students will be able to:

  • Explain key theories of consciousness from the perspectives of transpersonal psychology, philosophy of consciousness, quantum physics, living systems theory, and spiritual systems.
  • Create a holistic paradigm of consciousness that integrates the above five perspectives.
  • Apply a holistic paradigm of consciousness to the development of emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication.
  • Apply a holistic paradigm of consciousness to a professional interest or career objective.
  • Apply a holistic paradigm of consciousness in some concrete application that fosters social change in the world.

Personally and professionally, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Engage in whole-brain learning that fosters experiential engagement and creative expression as well as knowledge acquisition and skills development;
  • Recognize different world views operating in our own lives and society at large and apply that knowledge to personal and global issues that confront us.
  • Engage in psycho-spiritual self-reflection and self-inquiry to obtain deeper awareness of our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states.
  • Recognize and appropriately acknowledge their own and others’ needs, assumptions, values, and perspectives.
  • Recognize the values and contributions of people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures and spiritual traditions and apply that understanding in their interactions with others.

Requirements

Courses

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

Students who have not completed them prior to admission are required to do so during the first year of graduate study.

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 - Introduction to Integral Theory (1 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)
IPP 5049 - Transpersonal Psychology (3 units)
CNS 5035 - Consciousness and Philosophy of Mind (3 units)
CNS 5039 - Self-Exploration (topic varies) (3 units)
CNS 5120 - Diversity, Community & Consciousness (3 units)
IPP 5033 - Living Systems and Creative Potential
CNS 5126 - Qualitative Research A (1 unit)
CNS 5127 - Qualitative Research B (2 unit)
CNS 5284 - Consciousness and Sustainability: Solutions for the 21st Century (2 units)
IPP 5012 - Effective Communication A: Emotional Dynamics (3 units)
IPP 5013 - Effective Communication B: Intersubjectivity (3 units)
CNS 5455 - Exploring Professional Identity A (2 units)
CNS 5460 - Exploring Professional Identity B (1 unit)
CNS 5515 - Six Domains of Consciousness: Personal Synthesis
IPP53XX - Religious Studies [2] (4 units)

Professional Development
[3] (6 units)
CNS 5615 - Media and Publishing (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 5415 - Curriculum Development (2 units)
CNS 5453 - Integral Coaching (2 units)
CNS 5465 - Starting Your Own Business (2 units)

Select either Integrative Project or Thesis [4]
CNS 5610 - MA Integrative Project (2 units)
Electives (7 units)
OR
CNS 5600 - Planning a Thesis (1 unit)
CNS 5615 Thesis (3 units)
Electives (5 units)

Total units required: 58

Specializations

Consciousness and Healing
CNS 5015 - Body Consciousness/Body Wisdom (2 units)
CNS 5027 - Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (2 units)
IPP 5012 - Effective Communication A: Emotional Dynamics (3 units)

Electives - Select among the following: (9 units)
CNS 5039 - Writing Your Story (2 units)
IPP 5045 - Psychosynthesis
CNS 5620 - Issues in Consciousness Studies (Varies)
HHE 5125 - Energy Models of Healing (2 units)
IPP 5054 - Enneagram Assessment (3 units)

Culture and Consciousness
CNS 5020 - Archetypal Mythology (3 units)
CNS 5120 - Diversity, Community, Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5284 - Consciousness and Sustainability (2 units)

Electives - Select among the following: (8 units)
CNS 5039 - Ancestral Consciousness and Healing (2 units)
CNS 5039 - Writing Your Story (1 Unit)
CNS 5620 - Issues in Consciousness Studies (varies)
CNS 5830 - Ecopsychology as Cultural Work (3 units)
CNS 5347 - Spirituality, Symbols, Dreams (2 units)

Ecotherapy and Deep Sustainability
CNS 5822 - Dimensions of Holistic Sustainability (3 units)
CNS 5284 - Consciousness and Sustainability (2 units)
CNS 5275 - Living Systems and Creative Potential (2 units)
CNS 5824 - Horticultural Therapy (2 units)
CNS 5826 - Healing the Human-Animal Relationship (2 units)
CNS 5830 - Ecopsychology as Cultural Work (2, 3 units)
CNS 5832 - Earth Body Spirit (3 units)

Dream Studies
CNS 5020 - Archetypal Mythology (3 units)
CNS 5030 - Sleep, Dreams, and States of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5216 - Lucid Dreaming (2 units)
CNS 5280 - Dreams, Archetypes, and Personal Mythology (2 units)
CNS 5345 - Shamanism & Dreams (1 unit)
CNS 5212 - Psychology of Dreams (2 units)
CNS 5347 - Spirituality, Symbols, Dream (2 units)

Electives
CNS 5345 - Shamanism and Dreams (1 unit)
CNS 5039 - Stones, Shamans, & Goddess Dreams (1 unit)
CNS 5832 - Earth Body Spirit (3 units)

East-West Philosophy and Religion
CNS 5010 Paradigms of Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5025 Cosmology and Consciousness (3 units)
CNS 5017 Introduction to Integral Theory (1 unit)
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 5200 Native-American Indigenous Spirituality (2 units)
CNS 5515 Six Domains of Consciousness (2 units)
CNS 5800 Issues in Philosophy (varies)

[1] These undergraduate courses or their approved equivalents are prerequisite to the graduate program.  Students who have no completed them prior to admission are required to do so during the first year of graduate study.

[2] This requirement must be satisfied by taking IPP courses 5300 - 5399.  Consult an advisor for guidance.

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

[4] 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 Professional Studies may also apply these courses toward their electives.