Sofia University

Sofia University (formerly Institute Of Transpersonal Psychology)

Women's Spirituality M.A.


1069 E Meadow Cir

Palo Alto, CA 94303

United States




(650) 493-6835

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Women's Spirituality, M.A. in Women's Spirituality

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Master of Arts in Women’s Spirituality

Hybrid: Face-to-Face/Online Program

Do you find yourself...

…at a pivotal intersection where you feel life should have more purpose and meaning?

…in search of a new kind of work, wanting to enhance your career while finding a deeper sense of meaning?

…called to explore your deepest inner longings, especially those you can’t quite name?

We are calling in those interested in a women-centered program who would like to be part of a close, diverse learning community.  This hybrid online/face-to-face program gives you a chance to identify and pursue your passions through guided exploration and scholarly research.  It also offers the opportunity to locate and create the sacred arts that already live in you, in classes from creative writing to drumming, from visual arts to embodied movement and ritual creation. 

Sofia University's Master of Arts in Women's Spirituality is a two-year women-centered program which meets online throughout the academic year except for three in-person sessions held on our campus in September (one week), January (4 days) and May (one week). Transformative learning is our foundation; our graduates use this learning as a catalyst for change in themselves, their communities, and the world.

 A Graduate Certificate in Women’s Spirituality will be conferred after one year in the program.

Scholarships Available

The Center for the Sacred Feminine (CSF) Scholarship Fund offers two $5,000 scholarships for new students entering the Master of Women’s Spirituality program. The scholarships were funded by donations from women and men interested in supporting study and research in the area of the Sacred Feminine and Women’s Spirituality.

What can you do with this degree?

Since entering the women’s spirituality program, our students have been prolific in a variety of roles across the country, and internationally.  About 25% go on to become teachers or continue their education.  They have:

-- Become published authors, community college and university lecturers and professors, K-12 teachers, tutors

-- Started their own businesses, including a human resources consultancy

-- Become licensed therapists

-- Run yoga studios, infant/adult massage practices, energy medicine practices and profitable goddess/women’s circles

-- Become committed feminist activists, creating positive change/awareness in their own communities and beyond

-- Gone into corporate jobs in the software, banking, healthcare, graphic design and other industries

-- Started, continued or expanded careers as nurses and midwives/doulas, birth educators, social workers, dance therapists and hypnotherapists

-- Become successful visual artists, playwrights, musicians and performance artists

-- Continued on to graduate school for Ph.D.’s, MFA’s and M.Div. degrees at schools around the country

The curriculum will help you explore women's roles in pre-history and history, spiritual and religious leadership, women's work in healing and creating positive social change as well as the ritual, literary, social and artistic contributions of women. Courses are presented in small graduate seminars using a cohort model. Courses are taught by leading practitioners in the fields of women's spirituality and social/spiritual activism.

A completed thesis or creative thesis project serves as the culmination of your studies. You will participate in a 60-hour community service practicum. The practicum is intended to enrich your thesis research work and model a spiritually grounded approach to scholarship and social change.

Designed for busy people, most of whom have jobs and family obligations, the program entails a one-week residency in September and May, and a four-day residency on campus each year, with all other coursework taught in an interactive online environment. 

Creative expression is available as an optional additional specialization that can be completed in your second year.

We invite you to visit a class to witness our collaborative educational model where students share the same core classes throughout the program and build a supportive learning community.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 16902 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 16902 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Small City

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