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Subject area:    Transpersonal Psychology / Psychology Master, Doctorate  

(alternative spelling: counselling psychology) 


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Master -  a suitable bachelor's degree or professional qualifications are normally required.
                                   Doctorate -  a Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for a Master's degree or a Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.


Transpersonal psychology may be taken as the main concentration of study for the MA or PsyD in Psychology.

Transpersonal Psychology involves the study of experiences and states of consciousness that take us beyond the boundaries of our everyday personalities and connect us with spirituality, divinity or higher power(s) – in whatever way we understand those terms – and the Universe.  There are many pathways of exploration within transpersonal psychology. However, the focus of studies will be on transpersonal states and phenomena as understood by psychologists and other scientists (e.g. biologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, anthropologists) working in the field.  Elective studies may be taken from the broader base of  parapsychology, psychic studies, shamanic studies, etc. plus humanistic psychology, subpersonalities, transpersonal hypnotherapy, and positive psychology.

For those who have not studied any academic psychology before, an introduction to or overview of the field of psychology may be included.

The MA will normally comprise 45 credits (approx. 15 x 3-credit units) and the Psy.D. 60 credits for those who already have a suitable MA or other approved study of psychology. 

The normal entry requirement for the MA is an acceptable Bachelor’s degree in any field plus demonstrable interest and/or experience in transpersonal psychology. However, exceptional applicants without a degree may enter the MA directly - they should have a previous professional qualification such as teaching certificate, complementary medicine qualification, counselling or psychotherapy qualification, nursing or social work diploma, ordination as a minister of religion, etc.  If necessary, an entrance examination may be set to determine whether the candidate can cope with the course.

Applicants for the Psy.D. must have an acceptable previous degree. However candidates with a state-recognised diploma such as nursing, social work etc. can be considered for a combined accelerated MA plus the full Psy.D. programme.

A combined MA/PsyD programme is also available (subject to approval).

Students may choose, guided by the academic advisor,  from various units that examine the following topics:

  • Transpersonal Psychology (overview)

  • Humanistic Psychology

  • Psychosynthesis

  • Spiritual Intelligence

  • Positive Psychology

  • NLP and Spirituality (some understanding of or training in NLP preferred)

  • Transpersonal Hypnosis (some understand of or training in hypnosis preferred)

  • Thanatology (death and dying, concentrating on works of Kubler-Ross plus grief/bereavement counselling)

  • Parapsychology (especially channelling, mediumship, spirit communication, remote viewing, etc.)

  • Models of survival after death

  • Spirit possession and attachment

  • Reincarnation and regression (from a modern empirical approach including regression hypnotherapy and childrens’ recall of previous lives)

  • Psychology of religion

  • Shamanism and Psychology

  • Jungian studies (especially archetypes, the religious function of the psyche and Jungian spirituality)

  • Spiritual Emergency or Spiritual Crisis

  • Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences

  • Meditation

  • The Biology of Belief

  • Fields of Consciousness

  • Consciousness and the New Physics

  • Psychosis and Spirituality

  • Modern Buddhist psychology and psychotherapy

  • Spiritual Coaching

  • Integration of Traditional Healing Practices into Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Selected works of Ken Wilber

The above list is not exhaustive – students will not take all of the above topics, and other topics may be proposed.

These courses do not focus on or teach systems of  “esoteric psychology” – for example Alice Bailey, Maurice Nicoll, Douglas Baker, kabbalistic psychology, etc. Nor will the courses focus on esoteric astrology or psychological astrology. However, if you have already studied one of these systems, you may either write an independent study essay on it (3,000 words) for 3 credits, or an independent thesis/dissertation on your chosen system (9 credits).  Such a thesis/dissertation will need to demonstrate some knowledge of relevant academic or analytic psychology, for example through references to Jung.

To suit the varying needs of our distance learning students, the MA and PsyD programmes may be taken entirely through taught units, or may incorporate a project, thesis or dissertation.

There is a dissertation-only route to the Psy.D. in Transpersonal Psychology for highly qualified persons who already have a Ph.D. in Psychology, a conventional PsyD, or other acceptable qualifications (M.D., psychiatrist, Ed.D., psychology master’s degree plus Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy, etc.)

Please note that the Calamus Psy.D. is not accredited by a government-recognised agency and does not lead to licensed psychologist (US) or Chartered Psychologist (UK) status.  It is primarily for those already in private practice or those who already have a suitable license to practise their helping profession.  The degree may also be taken for personal interest.

A Ph.D. may be taken primarily by research and dissertation. The Ph.D. requires at least 60 credits. Approximately half of this will normally come from the research and dissertation work, and the other half from transfer of existing professional training and/or CEUs and clinical practice credit, or taking a number of CIU taught courses as required.

BA degree

There is no BA in Transpersonal Psychology.  However this field overlaps with certain other fields in which transpersonal psychology can play a part, e.g. Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Personal Development, Contemporary Spirituality, Religious Studies, Metaphysics, Hypnotherapy, etc.  BA degees are available in those fields. 



Combined degrees

It is possible to save tuition fees by registering for a combined  Master’s/Doctorate. 

With dual registration, the first degree may be awarded once the minimum amount of work to complete the degree has been completed.

You are welcome to contact us to discuss your study possibilities in more detail.

Please email if you have any queries.


Credit requirements


Bachelor -  120 credits including transfer credits.

Master -  45 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a thesis, or 48 credits without a thesis.

Doctorate (taught or research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits if the degree includes a dissertation, or 70 credits without a dissertation.  The Ph.D. must include a dissertation.  A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.     


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.




Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.


To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page


Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.


If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on 


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