Degree & Certificate Programs in Coaching, Facilitation, and Leadership

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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."

—JOANNA MACY, PHILOSOPHER AND ECOPSYCHOLOGIST

Developing Learning Leaders

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's MEd in Educational Leadership and EdD in Organizational Leadership have been architected with these complexity chalenges in mind, as applicable to individuals, teams, and organizations.

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Professional Future

Meridian's MEd and EdD degrees are designed to prepare graduates for a professional future in the contexts noted below, with which the concentrations are specifically aligned.

  • Developmental Coaching
  • Health Coaching
  • Performance Coaching
  • Process Facilitation
  • Organizational Development
  • Team Development
  • Human Resources
  • Teaching: higher education and non-formal learning
  • Communities of Practice
  • Social and Cultural Innovation
"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

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Concentrations

Developmental Coaching

The Developmental Coaching concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with practice in contexts such as executive coaching, developmental assessment, and management of deliberately developmental organizations.

Expressive and Movement Arts

The Expressive and Movement Arts concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as conventional healthcare settings, coaching practices, employee wellness programs.

Health Coaching

The Health Psychology concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as conventional healthcare settings, coaching practices, employee wellness programs.

Organizational Development

The Organizational Development concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with the practice of organizational leadership and development in various institutional domains, like: Business, Non-profits (NGOs); and government including sectors such as education, law, and the arts.

Social Artistry

The Social Artistry concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional commitments entailing arts-based practices that foster community development and societal transformation.

Transformative Leadership

The Transformative Leadership concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with practice in contexts such as executive coaching, developmental assessment, and management of deliberately developmental organizations.

Transformative Learning

The Transformative Learning concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as education, organizational leadership, and adult education.

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.