Degree 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.
Concentration and Collaboration options within the M.A., Psy.D., and the Ph.D.:
- Somatic Psychology (Blended format only)
- Leadership and Social Transformation (Blended format only)
- Integral Psychology (New concentration; contact admissions staff for launch date)
- Yoga & Psychology New
- Movement/Dance and Expressive Arts (Collaboration with Tamalpa Institute)
- Person-Centered Expressive Arts (Collaboration with Person-Centered Expressive Arts)
- Uptima Business Accelerator (Collaboration with Uptima)
- Ten Directions (Collaboration with Ten Directions)
- Purpose Guide (Collaboration with Purpose Guide)
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.
In the Monthly learning format classes are held in-person with some coursework including an online component. Students who choose the Monthly learning format meet in residence for one weekend per month during the Fall and Spring quarters (Fridays through Sundays, for six weekends per year). Additionally, students meet for one-week sessions during each of the Winter and Summer quarters.
The Blended learning format combines online learning with two week-long residential sessions each academic year. This combination of learning online and learning in residence offers students 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.
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. Faculty do encourage their online classes to meet synchronously (virtually, but in real-time), so as to have real-time contact with all cohort members in between the two week-long in-person class meetings; however, while this is encouraged, it is not required. At times students are asked to meet in virtual small groups at mutually convenient times. Meridian faculty and staff collaborate to provide an online learning experience for students that invites new and unexpected meanings to emerge.
Faculty respond to students’ work (weekly lessons, projects, or doctoral project 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.
Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students
This institution is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements:
- Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
- Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017 and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:
- Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
- Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students
Meridian is in the accreditation process with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). WASC authorizes the following information regarding accreditation status:
"Meridian University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation."