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  • "Meridian offers a graduate education that is integrative, innovative and pioneering as an educational model that involves transformative learning and practical application to many diverse professions."
    Angeles Arrien Author of The Four-Fold Way
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Admissions Overview

Meridian University is committed to creating a pluralist learning community. We seek a diverse group of students and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Our intention is to develop and nurture a learning community in which students and faculty can learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We welcome differences in age, economic status, race, ethnic background, religion, origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical challenge, political views, personal characteristics, and beliefs.

Applying to Meridian University

Meridian accepts admissions applications throughout the year.

You may submit your admissions application online, by email or postal mail. You may submit your materials (letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample, resume) by uploading them to your online application at that time you first apply, or sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Official transcripts and application materials may also be sent to:

Admissions Office
Meridian University
47 Sixth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor with any questions about your application or the application process by calling (707)765-1836 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admissions Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's Graduate Programs.
  • Applicants who possess a Master's in Psychology (or related field) may apply for Advanced Standing status in the psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree programs.
  • All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian University is offered in English (see section on International Students).

Application Process

After you submit your admissions application and fee, we will begin processing your application. You will be contacted by an admissions advisor within a few business days of receipt. The admissions advisor will support you through the application process by providing status updates and collating your application materials. You may contact an advisor directly at any point in your application process by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admissions Interview

Once all of the required materials have been received, the admissions committee will review your application. After this review, you may be contacted to schedule an admissions interview. The admissions interview can be conducted in person at our Petaluma Center or via video conference. Once the interview is completed, you will be contacted within one to two weeks regarding the admissions decision and next steps. An admissions advisor is available to you during the entire process.

Upon acceptance, students submit a $250 tuition deposit to reserve their space in the program and receive an Enrollment Packet from the Records Office.

Admissions Application and Fee

A complete admissions application and nonrefundable application fee of $50 USD is required to begin processing your application materials.

  • To submit an application online: Meridian's online admissions application should be completed and submitted in one sitting. You will not be able to save your application and return to it. Please gather together the information and documents you need before you begin. You should be prepared to enter your personal information and academic history. Your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statement may be submitted now or at a later date.

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  • Please contact the Admissions Team for information about applying via hardcopy.

What You Will Need to Apply

Required Materials
  • Admissions Application: A complete admissions application is required and may be completed online using the online admissions application, or submitted by email/mail by completing the PDF version.
  • Official Academic Transcript(s): Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions from which you earned 12 or more quarter units. Transcripts must be received in sealed envelopes and may be mailed directly to our office (47 Sixth Street, Petaluma, CA 94952) Electronic transcripts are accepted if sent directly from the academic institution.
  • Three Admission Recommendations: Three Admission Recommendation forms and accompanying letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be sought from individuals who can respond to your readiness to successfully complete Meridian's degree program. Letters of Recommendation should be written specifically from the perspective of providing a reference to Meridian University. If possible, you should include recommendations from persons familiar with your academic and, if applicable, clinical background.

    Admission Recommendation Form
  • Personal Statement (5-7 pages): A personal statement (5-7 pages, double-spaced) is required. Your personal statement should highlight the formative and significant experiences in your life, and how those experiences have influenced you in choosing to pursue your vocation or profession. Consider how periods of life and career transition have contributed to your awareness. Consider what it is about you that will enable you to benefit from Meridian's degree program.
  • Application fee of $50 USD: A non-refundable application fee of $50 USD is required to process your application. You may pay this fee by check or money order (payable to Meridian University), credit card, or paypal.
Optional Materials
  • Writing Sample (maximum of seven pages)
  • Resume or CV

Admissions Criteria

The following criteria are utilized in assessing a prospective student at the time admissions:

  • Admissions Application.
  • Academic ability: Demonstrated and potential academic excellence.
  • Intellectual vitality: Individual’s overall excitement towards learning and interest in transformative learning.
  • Applicant’s initiative in seeking out opportunities for enhancing their knowledge base.
  • Potential for leadership, as demonstrated through the applicant’s personal character and professional competence.
  • Personal qualities and community/professional contributions.
  • Performance at interview(s).
  • Other qualifications and experience, as relevant.
  • Conduct demonstrating professionalism.

Transfer Credit

Meridian's curriculum is highly integrated and globally unique. Transfer credits from other schools are reviewed at the student's request. Transfer credits may be granted up to a maximum of 40 quarter credits for the PsyD, PhD, and EdD, and 12 quarter credits towards Master's degrees (M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.Ed., MBA). PhD and PsyD students entering with Advanced Standing status may be granted transfer credit up to a maximum of 12 quarter credits.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for admission into Meridian's Graduate Degree Programs. All courses at Meridian are conducted in English. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For admission, students are required to receive a score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based. At this time, Meridian does not offer visa services.

International Transcripts

International transcripts created in languages other than English must be submitted as literal translations prior to admission and must be mailed for evaluation to the World Education Services (WES) or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Web: http://www.wes.org
AACRAO International Education Services
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 520
Washington DC 20036
Phone: (202)296-3359
Fax: (202)822-3940
Web: http://ies.aacrao.org
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AACRAO or WES will issue a Basic Statement of Comparability or a course-by-course evaluation. AACRAO or WES should then send these directly to Meridian University. All other admissions documents must be submitted in English.

Meridian University holds a policy of non-discrimination. All interested persons who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply. All application materials, once submitted, become the property of Meridian University and will not be returned, reprinted, or photocopied.

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