Psychology in Education: SMBI MA

Master of Arts in Spirituality Mind Body


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The Spirituality Mind Body (SMB), Master of Arts Degree Program at Teachers College, Columbia University is the first Ivy League graduate program dedicated to merging spirituality and evidence-based research within the context of clinical psychology.

The SMB Masters Program provides an innovative framework in which students translate their inner journeys into outer change. As an incubator for experiential learning and teaching, contemplative inquiry, collaboration and research, the SMB Masters Program allows for students to connect to themselves and their work on a deeper level. They are provided with opportunities to build their own curriculum, implement long-term projects and conduct studies in the concentration of their particular interest.

At the heart of the program is a spiritual foundation that fosters connection and collaboration through a dynamic exchange of ideas among students, faculty and special guest lecturers. This structure allows for ongoing support through the process of personal and professional transformation. The SMB Masters Program is designed to build a global community of inspiring educators, mind-body healers, spiritual activists, mental health professionals and visionaries to catalyze a paradigm shift in education.

Core Values:

  • Inner, experiential development for more meaningful outer implementation and change
  • Sustainability within the context of interpersonal growth
  • An integrative and interdisciplinary approach to learning rooted in traditional forms of psychology
  • Spiritual leadership development for self-actualization
  • Innovative, collaborative thinking geared towards an emerging generation of service-oriented leaders

Students who graduate from the SMB Masters Program receive a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Education with a concentration in Spirituality and Mind-Body Practice.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • None

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) at Teachers College, Columbia University explores the intersection of science and spirituality through the framework of psychology. SMBI consists of external programming to the public, grant-funded research projects, an initiative in spirituality in education, and a graduate degree program.

The Institute offers an SMB Concentration, a coursework concentration, within the Masters of Arts Degree Program in Psychology in Education. Upon completion, students will receive an SMB Certificate of Completion along with the MA Degree in Psychology in Education. The MA Degree program resides within Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology.

The SMB Concentration is at the forefront of SMBI’s pioneering mission: individual inner work in service of collective outer change. The coursework and programming has been designed to foster academic exploration of spirituality in order to graduate an international community of inspiring thought leaders, mind-body healers, spiritual activists and visionaries.

The Master of Arts in Psychology in Education is a 36-credit degree program. It is typically completed within 1-1.5 years. The SMB Concentration 19-credit requirement is completed in the Incoming Year. Students will receive the SMB Certificate of Completion upon fulfillment of requirements and graduation of their cohort.

SMB CONCENTRATION

Requirement: The SMB Concentration Certificate of Completion requires the
19 SMB course credits as delineated below.

SMB SUMMER INTENSIVE SEMINAR 6
SMB WINTER INTENSIVE SEMINAR + JOURNEY GROUPS 4
PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT 3-5
PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION IN SMB ISSUES 3
SMB ELECTIVE OF CHOICE* 3
TOTAL 19

*Students may request to delay their elective of choice with written rationale and approval in the event another preferred course is being offered at a later date. All other requirements must be completed in the Incoming Year without exceptions.

NEW YORK STATE

Requirement: 19 of the 36 degree credits (or 51%) must be taken in New York State

  • Distance Learners must enroll in at least 19 credits of courses located in New York State.
  • Online courses that do not have an In-person NY State immersion component DO NOT count.
  • Note, not all SMB requirements meet the New York State conditions.
  • Students may use non SMB courses to fulfill this requirement.
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