Education Program Overview

Developing Learning Leaders

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Program Description

The Education Program at Meridian University developed as a response to unprecedented complexity challenges that arise from a pervasive crisis of learning that is affecting communities and societies around the world. To be able to perceive the deeply interconnected nature of systems as a whole, it is imperative to develop our innate capabilities to see wholeness over fragmentation, and to foster complexity capabilities necessary for transforming whole persons and whole systems. This approach to transformative learning focuses on coaching, facilitation, and leadership as essential paths that enable the development of these capabilities. Our willingness to learn and grow, as individuals and as a society, is at the heart of this process, driving the transformation of habits, mindsets, and culture. This pioneering program seeks to transform the domain of education by adopting an integral, holistic, and transformative approach to our learning capabilities, thereby actualizing Meridian’s commitment to offer an education that emphasizes professional excellence in coaching, facilitation, and leadership.

This program recognizes the domain of education as a powerful catalyst for social and cultural transformation and aims to enable individuals from diverse backgrounds to become agents of positive change in the world. By combining interdisciplinary concentrations, experiential learning activities, the integration of transformative learning with informational learning, and a focus on the professional paths of coaching, facilitation, and leadership, the program nurtures students' leadership capabilities to inspire cultural and societal evolution. The promotion of self-reflection and self-awareness, along with a concerted emphasis on personal growth and societal impact, ensures that students are well-prepared for careers in coaching, facilitation, and leadership roles. By embracing the powers of transformative learning, the Education Program aims to nurture compassionate, critically thinking individuals who feel inspired to create a world aligned with values of justice, sustainability, and harmony. This program seeks to help realize the essential imperative of the domain of education to prepare us for the world to come, and to empower you to start your journey to become a professional in coaching, facilitation, or leadership roles, shaping the future with wisdom and integrity.

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"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."
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Program Courses

Explore the course names, numbers, and descriptions for Meridian's Education and Leadership 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.

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"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."

Program Faculty

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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.

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Learning Formats

Meridian's graduate degree programs are offered in two formats, Hybrid and Online. Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare.

The University's multiple format options are designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University's custom social learning platform, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and optional onsite or online Transformative Learning Labs in-person.

Students can optionally select Transformative Learning Lab dates, locations, and formats based on their learning style, personal interests, and professional aspirations, if they choose to, based on availability of offerings.

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Online Format

In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online, via Meridian’s unique online learning platform and faculty-led learning model. Meridian’s online format is designed to be highly engaging and deeply human. Students build connections with faculty and fellow graduate students while taking advantage of the flexibility built-in to the University’s online courses model.

Online Transformative Learning Labs are also optionally available (often multiple times a year), sometimes as a 3+ hour live class, and sometimes over multiple days.

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Hybrid Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with optional onsite Transformative Learning Labs which are one-week or less. By combining Meridian’s innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

When offered, Onsite Labs take place at Meridian’s San Francisco Bay Area Center and other University Centers, based on student interest and availability.

Introducing Unique Impact Scholarships

Available to Meridian University students worldwide, Meridian University's Impact Scholarships represent the University's commitment to supporting graduates to take transformative action in the fields of Business, Education, Leadership, and Psychology.

  • The Meridian Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • The Meridian Developmental Coaching Scholarship
  • The Meridian Collective Trauma Transformation Scholarship
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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.

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