2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Accelerated Master's: BA in Holistic Psychology & Wellness & MA in Mindfulness Studies

The Accelerated Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Studies & Holistic Psychology & Wellness BA/MA program is designed for the exceptional student interested in accelerating his or her education experience by combining the curriculum in the undergraduate major and the master’s program in Mindfulness Studies. For Holistic Psychology & Wellness students, this offering will uniquely suit their strengths and passions in the areas of holistic health and wellness and eastern traditions of healing. In this accelerated program students complete 9 credits of the 36 credit master's program (and a residency) starting in their senior year which allows them to complete the low residency master's in online or hybrid courses approximately 4 semesters after completion of the BA degree.

Master’s Program Description:  

Academically and experientially rigorous, the M.A. in Mindfulness Studies is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States. Students are immersed in the theory and practice of mindfulness, mindful communications, mindful leadership and social engagement, and the roots of contemplative practice in Buddhist traditions, as well as emerging research on effects of mindfulness on the brain. 

This two-year program is offered in a low-residency format, in which students attend a 7-day residency at the beginning of the program. During the residency students participate in daily meditation, attend classes, meet with faculty members, attend advisory sessions and program-related workshops, network with peers, and participate in community-building events. Other coursework is completed online or in hybrid modalities.

Accelerated Pathways Description: Students eligible for the accelerated master’s program demonstrate a high level of maturity, superior academic achievement, and demonstrated interest in and understanding of the potential of a career with this master’s degree. The integrated program requires that students can engage in the academic rigor of a graduate education by the time they reach senior year in the undergraduate program in Holistic Psychology and Wellness. Qualified students apply in the fall or spring of their junior year (or by the time they have earned the equivalent in credits) and must be accepted by meeting the admissions standards of the MA program in Mindfulness studies. 

Admissions Criteria for Accelerated Master’s Program in Mindfulness Studies:

  • 3.3 GPA
  • Transcript documenting 60 credits and coursework to date
  • Completed Application
  •  3 recommendation letters, including one from an internship; one from undergrad faculty stating readiness for accelerated master’s program
  •  Written personal statement following Master’s program questions and guidelines
  • An academic writing sample
  • Program information meeting with the Associate Director of Advising and Student Services in the Mindfulness Program
  • Interview with Director or other Master’s program core faculty as designated by the Mindfulness Studies program

Course Sequencing for the Accelerated Master’s Degree in Mindfulness:

Upon acceptance to the program by the determined admission criteria in the junior year (at approx. 60 credits) Accelerated Master's students would take the graduate level course sequence below beginning the following fall. These courses would count for undergraduate elective credit – and reduce the total number of master's-level credits taken post-graduation by 9 credits. 

Fall, Senior Year:
GMIND 6032: Graduate Academic Writing
GMIND 6042: Mindfulness: Practice, Theory and Science

Spring, Senior Year:
GWKSP 6062 Mindfulness Residency (required noncredit experience)
GMIND 6049 Contemplative Traditions

Students are not permitted to register for any additional coursework until GMIND 6049 and the residency requirement is met (current program policy).