M.A. Consciousness Studies

M.A. Consciousness Studies




The courses in the Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies provide students with a solid foundational knowledge in the area of consciousness.


The Consciousness Studies faculty represents internationally renowned teachers and experts in the theory and practice of ancient and contemporary wisdom disciplines. Each of these brings an integral, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective to the teaching of their subjects.

Student Objectives

  • List and discuss the models of cosmology as found in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions
  • Recognize and analyze the numinous experience and religious ideas in philosophical terms
  • Comprehend and discuss the notion of quantum non-locality and its implications for consciousness
  • Gain a comprehensive ability to reference the Bible, the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, and classical philosophy and draw from each principles related to the nature of human consciousness
  • Describe the universality of convergent ideas in world religions
  • Trace the Western philosophical, scientific and academic tradition to its historical origin in spiritual experiences
  • Describe the formative role of the notion of “life after death” in Western thought
  • Approach everyday human problems from the perspective of wisdom traditions and be better able to devise creative written solutions to problems consistent with universal wisdom principles

Graduate Curriculum

To complete a graduate degree in Consciousness Studies a student must complete 51 credits of coursework (17 courses) and a 3 credit thesis. Of the 17 courses at least 13 must be in the area of philosophy (PHI) or Religion (REL) and 4 electives from Psychology (PSY).

Read Course Descriptions for Philosophy Coursework

Read Course Descriptions for Religion Coursework



Thesis: Student Comprehensive – MCS/MTP 701