The East-West Psychology Department offers three degree programs:
- Ph.D. in East-West Psychology
- Master of Arts in East-West Psychology
- Advanced Certificate in East-West Spiritual Counseling
East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. Through its unique combination of cognitive, collaborative, and experiential offerings, the department grounds academic excellence and the acquisition of professional skills in both the personal transformation of students and the cultivation of a spiritually informed scholarship. Our graduates deliver their skills to a world yearning for new sources of meaning and enchantment rooted in deep psychologies and ancient traditions.
About MA Program
The M.A. in East-West Psychology is a two-year program requiring 36 units of study. The structure of the program is designed to provide an ample degree of flexibility that allows students to focus on specific areas of study, as well as to explore a variety of Western, Eastern, and indigenous approaches to psychology and spirituality. With the guidance of academic advisors, students design their own individualized curriculum, possible area of specialization, and psychospiritual approach. There are no required summer courses, although students may take electives during the summer to expand their studies or distribute their course load over five or six semesters.
Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute. Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work and preparation for graduate work, as is a writing sample. Applicants need not have an undergraduate major in psychology, but a strong interest in psychology and an interdisciplinary orientation is assumed. Students with insufficient background in psychology may be required by the EWP Admission Committee to take additional courses as prerequisites to the M.A.
Successful candidates for admission into the EWP M.A. program typically have the following qualifications: a vision that is compatible with its mission, a path of personal and/or spiritual growth, sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry, basic competence in communication and dialogical skills, demonstration of respect for a diversity of view points, the ability to clearly articulate their educational and professional goals, basic scholarly writing skills, and the capability to identify a prospective specialization that is consistent with the program's mission and resources.
About PhD Program
Students complete 36 units of coursework and write a dissertation. The program of study consists of a foundational course, research methods courses, research colloquia, advanced seminars, a student-designed area of specialization, two comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. Students focus on a specific area of study and develop methodological skills. They work closely with their advisors to design an individualized curriculum and participate in research colloquia to articulate their dissertation research project.
Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute, as well as have an MA in EWP or its equivalent (for example, a background in Humanistic, Jungian, or transpersonal psychology; psychology of religion, or religious studies). For those who do not have a background in East-West Psychology, up to 12 units of courses drawn from the EWP core requirements and directed electives will be required, minus equivalencies (equivalency for graduate courses previously taken is determined by the EWP Admissions Committee on an individual basis). In addition to the Institute's general admission requirements, two letters of recommendation are required from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work and their preparation for graduate work. Applicants should also submit a sample of their writing (i.e., an outstanding essay, article, or selection from their M.A. thesis).
Successful candidates for admission into the EWP Ph.D. program typically have the following qualifications: a vision that is compatible with the program's mission and interdisciplinary nature; a path of personal and/or spiritual growth; sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry; competence of communication and dialectical skills; demonstration of respect for a diversity of viewpoints; an openness to multiple ways of knowing and whole-person learning; the ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goals; outstanding scholarly writing skills; the ability to clearly articulate their educational and professional goals; and the capability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources.
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