Sofia University

Sofia University

Palo Alto, CA
student ratio
total students
$24,543 | $24,543
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate


Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, is a private, non-sectarian school offering graduate and undergraduate programs. Sofia is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

At Sofia University, the curriculum focuses on six core areas of inquiry: the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and creative aspects of life. Sofia is a leader in transpersonal research and transpersonal education of clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings. Sofia's educational model offers students not only a solid intellectual foundation, but an extraordinary opportunity for deep growth and personal experience of the subject matter. The learning environments cater to student's lifestyle and honor diversity and creative expression across all modalities.

Sofia University offers a variety of innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs with a choice of delivery modalities for students on campus and abroad.

Campus setting/surrounding area

Sofia University is located in the heart of historic Palo Alto in the central San Francisco Bay Area. Students at Sofia enjoy the benefits of living in a dynamic residential community, just minutes away from major activities and areas.


Sofia University's faculty is comprised of influential innovators in the field of higher education. Sofia hires faculty from diverse backgrounds, teaching methods and spiritual practices to best represent our mission and to embody the fundamental values of our university. For more about our faculty visit:

Specialty program and degree opportunities

The School of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate School of Transpersonal Studies, and Graduate School of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology offer flexible programs that will enable you to experience education for the whole person - mind, body, heart and spirit.

The Graduate School of Transpersonal Studies offers the following degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Transpersonal Psychology (on-campus), Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.) with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology (hybrid: face-to-face/online), Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (hybrid: face-to-face/online), Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (on-campus), and Master of Arts in Women's Spirituality (hybrid: face-to-face/online)

The Graduate School of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology offers a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology (on-campus), a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (on-campus or hybrid: face-to-face/online) and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance (hybrid: face-to-face/online)/

The School of Undergraduate Studies has two Bachelor Completion programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (hybrid: face-to-face/online) and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (hybrid: face-to-face/online)

Student life

Sofia University students are mature individuals from a broad range of professional backgrounds including education, business, health, law and theology who have reached a point in their lives when they desire to pursue areas of personal growth, career development and community contribution. These adult learners range in age from the mid-twenties to the late sixties.

Student life is rich with opportunities to participate in the life of the community. Members of learning communities gather together in numerous ways to learn, form special interest groups and enjoy one another in a social setting.

Some of the community gatherings are as follows: Harvest Potluck and Talent Show and Presentation Day. Each November, Sofia University has its annual Harvest Potluck & Talent Show. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to join the fun. Harvest is a time of honoring the growth of the past year and redirecting attention towards our inner lives. At this time we come together to celebrate the bounty of the season and our Sofia community. Presentation Day is in late spring, a day is set aside to honor our graduating Doctoral students and to be inspired by their innovative research contributions to the field of Transpersonal Psychology.

Tuition/scholarships/financial aid

Sofia University's financial aid office is here to help students get the financial assistance they need throughout their time here at the university. This may come in the form of scholarships, student loans, or other federal assistance. Sofia University strives to make this process as easy as possible for students. Visit for more information.

Tuition rates are guaranteed throughout a student's enrollment in their degree program while they remain continuously enrolled in their degree. Students may take up to one year of approved leave and maintain their eligibility for tuition rate in their year of entry. Students who take more than a year of leave may reenter at a different rate.

All degree programs returned to a Block Tuition system effective in academic year 2014-15. Block Tuition means that the cost of the program is distributed evenly over the entire period of enrollment. The actual number of units taken in any given quarter will vary and will not impact the cost of tuition for full-time students. For more information visit:

Location & Contact

Sofia University

1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303
United States


Phone: 650-493-4430 ext. 240
Fax: 650-493-6835

Request More Info

Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$24,543
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,543
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students488
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students488
    • Part-time Percentage14%
    • Full-time Percentage86%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty124
    • Full-time Percentage23%
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%




Forgot Your Password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email.

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.