Meridian University offers a program unique in its ability to bring cognitive and experiential learning together. The depth and breadth of the studies, the consummate teaching, the rich community of learners make this a school that prepares the student to be a true social artist as well as a profoundly realized human being.– Jean Houston, Author of Search for the Beloved
Academic Programs Overview
Meridian University offers graduate degree programs that educate students to engage the professions of Psychology, Business, and Education, in creative and transformative ways. These degree programs provide a cumulative, emergent, and integrated curriculum, empowering the student's transformation both personally and professionally.
Please contact admissions staff regarding the launch date for the new programs.
Concentration options within the M.A., Psy.D., and the Ph.D.:
- Somatic Psychology (Blended format only)
- Movement/Dance and Expressive Arts (Joint program with Tamalpa Institute)
- Leadership and Social Transformation (Blended format only)
- Integral Psychology (New concentration; contact admissions staff for launch date)
Meridian offers its programs in two formats: the Monthly learning format and the Blended learning format. These two learning formats support the transformative learning intent of the curriculum while providing adult learners, who have significant commitments to family and/or employment, the opportunity to complete their coursework within a reasonable time frame.
Learning together within a cohort model in both formats offers students:
- The opportunity to sustain one's focus on learning and developing relationships within the learning community.
- The opportunity to give and receive the support and nurturance necessary for the effective development and deepening of a transformative learning community.
Students who choose the Monthly learning format meet in residence for one weekend per month (Friday through Sunday) during the Fall and Spring quarters (six weekends per year). Additionally, students meet for one-week sessions during the Winter and Summer quarters.
In the Monthly learning format, classes are held in-person; depending on the program, some coursework may include an online component.
The Blended learning format at Meridian University combines online learning with two week-long residential sessions each academic year. This combination of learning online and learning in residence offers the student the opportunity to complete Meridian's degree programs by traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area twice each academic year, one week in the Winter and one week in the Summer. The Fall and Spring quarters are conducted entirely online.
Meridian faculty and staff collaborate to provide an online learning experience for students that invites new and unexpected meanings to emerge. Online coursework is primarily conducted asynchronously, providing students the opportunity to participate in collaborative learning with faculty and fellow students during times that are convenient for personal schedules. At times, faculty encourage their online classes to meet synchronously in small groups, so as to have 'real-time' contact with others in ways that are practical for individual schedules.
Faculty respond to students' work (weekly lessons, projects, or dissertations/clinical case submittals) within two to 30 working days, depending on the nature of the assignment. An average of 16 quarter credits of online learning are completed through online coursework annually.