Students complete 36 units of coursework and write a dissertation. The degree is designed as a half-time online program 
with a research orientation. Students meet two times per year for a week-long residential seminar, with the remainder of coursework completed online. The program of study consists of core requirements, research courses, an area of focus that includes advanced seminars, two comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. Students may elect, with advisor approval, to 
add a second focus area to their program, thereby extending their program of study for an additional year. All courses in 
the ITP program are evaluated by letter grade; there is no Pass/Fail option.

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PhD Program Curriculum

PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (Online)—36 units

I. Core Requirements—10 units

Western/World Philosophies with History and Systems of Psychology
Critical Thinking with Integral/Transpersonal Psychologies
Scholarly Writing with Integral and Transpersonal Studies
Praxis with Integral and Transpersonal Sociology and Social Action

II. Research Courses—14 units

Research Design and Critique with Exceptional Human Experiences
Qualitative Research Methods with Somatic Psychology
Quantitative Research Methods with Neuroscience of Consciousness
Integral Research Methods with Creative Expression
Proposal Writing

III. Area of Focus—12 units

Possibilities include:
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
Somatic Studies
Consciousness Studies and Contemplative Neuroscience
Advanced Seminar in Area of Focus (3 units)
Advanced Seminar in Area of Focus (3 units)
Course in Focus Area (3 units)
Course in Focus Area (3 units)

IV. Dissertation—0 units

Dissertation Proposal Completion
Dissertation Seminar

Alternative Multi-Paper Dissertation Format

In addition to the standard format for doctoral dissertations, the EWP department allows for the use of an alternative format that consists of three peer-reviewed papers (two of which are to have been published or accepted for publication; the other is to be either published or accepted for publication, or under review) as the main basis for the dissertation. Students wanting to pursue the multipaper dissertation format are assessed by the faculty program committee on a case-by-case basis. As with the traditional dissertation, a dissertation proposal is submitted, a committee of three members is formed, and a dissertation defense is held according to existing policies.

PhD Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, graduates will be able to:

Goal 1. Demonstrate the ability to produce doctoral level scholarly work in integral/transpersonal psychology

Objective 1. Exhibit doctoral level scholarly writing and critical thinking skills
Objective 2. Display expertise in a topic area within integral/transpersonal psychology
Objective 3. Employ interdisciplinary scholarship in a careful and rigorous way
Objective 4. Design and carry out scholarly research using an appropriate research method
Objective 5. Integrate creativity and embodiment in the processes of scholarship

Goal 2. Engage in communities of scholarship in a professional and collegial manner

Objective 1. Present scholarship effectively in a group setting
Objective 2. Engage in respectful dialogue with scholars from other fields and backgrounds
Objective 3. Employ integral and transpersonal psychology concepts in teaching contexts
Objective 4. Practice inclusiveness with and appreciation of diverse and minority voices

Goal 3. Demonstrate expertise in an area of integral and/or transpersonal psychology

Objective 1. Display command of the literature in an area of scholarship related to integral and/or transpersonal psychology
Objective 2.Participate in advancing scholarly research in the fields of integral and/or transpersonal psychology

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