Education

Education Program OverviewDeveloping Learning Leaders

Program Description

Communities and societies around the world are facing multidimentional complexity challenges, which has intensified the imperatives of learning wordwide. A central response to this crisis of learning is to mobilize and institutionalize the practices of transformative learning in ways that interweave with informational learning. Transformative learning drives the development of complexity capabilities necessary for transforming whole persons and whole systems. This interweaving enables the transformation of mindsets, habits, and culture.

"Meridian University is a gift to this moment in our history. The rare breadth of the intellectual journeys it offers, and its exquisite attention to the ripening of the whole person, set a stunning example for graduate studies in the time of the Great Turning. It grows new and needed disciplines of consciousness, as well as motivation to engage in the transformation of culture."

—Joanna Macy, The Great Turning

Program Courses

Explore the course names, numbers, and descriptions for Meridian's Education program curriculum. Have questions about curriculum? Consider attending an Online Information Session to connect with program faculty and discuss Meridian's integrated yet flexible academic structure.

Program Faculty

Visit the Education program's faculty page to review faculty names, biographies, and scholarship profiles via the University's Institutional repository.

"Meridian University offers a graduate education that is integrative, innovative, and pioneering as an educational model that involves holistic learning and practical application to many diverse professions."

—Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Formats

Hybrid Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with onsite weeklong residential intensives. The hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week residential intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep residential connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong onsite residential intensives per academic year. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.

Online Format

In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Virtual intensives are also available for students who choose not to travel to residential intensives. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.

Accreditation and Financial Aid

Meridian University is a degree-granting higher education institution accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an accreditor, WASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. WASC is also an accreditor of the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford University.

Meridian is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Student Aid programs as well as by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

The University is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide form I-20 to eligible international students, enabling travel to and stay in the United States.

Meridian offers institutional financial aid to qualified international students.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

—Albert Einstein