The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Parapsychology seek to provide evidenced-based instruction and opportunities for significant research to mature individuals with a clear interest in understanding complex, often misrepresented and misunderstood phenomena of human life. These phenomena visions, intuitions, beliefs in so-called psychic phenomena, in survival beyond bodily death, in reincarnation and so on have been foundational to many spiritual and secular philosophies of life, not to mention essential to the debate between materialism and spirituality, and to what it means to be human.
These Programmes will be taught with required online courses, followed by a dissertation or thesis. In addition a Postgraduate Certificate and as well as a Post-Doctoral Diploma are offered without the dissertation or thesis requirements.
IUGS has appointed two of the leading professors in the field of Parapsychology to administer the programme: Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD and Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD.
TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE IN U.S. DOLLARSONLINE COURSES ARE TO BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO COURSE REGISTRATION
15 Credits - $450.00 per credit Tuition: Online Parapsychology Courses (payable prior to course registration) $6,750.00
Total Cost: $6,750.00
Upon completion, a certificate in Parapsychology will be awarded to the candidate. These fifteen (15) credits may be applied towards the PGDip, MA and PhD Degrees.
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30 Credits - $450 per credit Tuition: Online Parapsychology Courses (payable prior to course registration) $13,500.00
Total Cost: $13,500.00 Requirements:
Upon completion of the thirty (30) credits, a certificate in Parapsychology will be awarded to the candidate. These thirty (30) credits may be applied towards the MA and PhD Degrees.
Application Fee: $250 (non-refundable)
Tuition: Online Parapsychology Courses - (payable prior to course registration) $ 5,450.00
IUGS Master's Programme - (tuition payment options available) $13,000.00
Total Tuition** $18,450.00
The three (3) credit eight-day Graduate Seminar at the ten-day Residency in Dominica is suggested but not required for Masters Candidates.
*A degree may be issued in Parapsychology, Psychology, Social Work, Behavioural Health or some other related field of study if approved by the Department Head. **Total tuition includes: required online Parapsychology course fee (to be paid prior to course registration), advisement, library fees, Research and Design I, and the printing and binding of the Thesis. ***These forty-five (45) credits may be applied towards the PhD.
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Tuition: Online Parapsychology Courses - (payable prior to course registration) $ 10,800.00
IUGS Doctoral Programme - (tuition payment options available) $ 20,000.00
Total Tuition** $ 30,800.00
Mentor Fee** PhD candidates are required to hire a mentor. The typical mentor fee is $1,500 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor
*A degree may be issued in Parapsychology, Social Work, Behavioural Health or some other related field of study if approved by the Department Head. **Total tuition includes: required online Parapsychology course fee (to be paid prior to course registration), advisement, library fees, Research and Design I & II, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, the external and internal reviews of the dissertation, the oral dissertation defense and the printing and binding of the dissertation. **Total Tuition excludes: the suggested mentor fee of $1,500.00, travel, food and lodging for the Residency in Dominica, estimated at $2,000.00 and if needed the evaluation of continuing education course content or for the testing of unevaluated continuing education coursework submitted for transfer.
$200 per credit
$300 per credit
Independent study and online courses (if needed)
$450 per credit
***All relevant graduate credit, including those credits from the IUGS Masters Degree or other graduate degrees, as well as approved graduate level continuing education, certification and licensing coursework approved by the Department Head.
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At IUGS candidates typically enter the International University for Graduate Studies with the appropriate, accredited undergraduate or graduate degree, from which they transfer in the bulk of their academic work. This is the completion model of providing graduate education. For certain areas of study it is important to also offer taught courses in the discipline. For the Master's programme in Parapsychology, four core courses that will orient the student to the field while helping them to find their ways towards integrating their new knowledge into their current professional or personal goals are offered. These courses not only provide the candidates with a well-structured educational foundation in the field itself, but also provide opportunities for candidates to tailor projects, papers and the dissertation to their personal and professional goals. For the Doctoral programme, candidates will be expected to complete eight core courses in the disciplines which will take them beyond the foundational four courses to other courses that will speak directly to the academic and professional disciplines in which the candidates are already working, and/or to the personal journey on which the candidates have already embarked.
More specifically we can see four constituencies who will join the IUGS community to complete their advanced degrees, certifications or diploma as the following: First must be those individuals who are interested in going on to a more widely focused doctoral programme, or to a programme in a different discipline, but whose research goals within those next-step educational experiences centre firmly on some aspect of the scientific study of the more anomalous phenomena of consciousness. Second are individuals from a variety of other academic and scientific disciplines who are interested in conducting research but who would like to obtain a good grounding in the field in an online, but well-structured context. Third, clinicians, counsellors, social workers and other helping professionals, by entering our programme, will find themselves better able to provide support to their clients who present with what seem to be psychic phenomena during the course of a consultation. Fourth, educators, life coaches and other mentoring professionals who also come into contact with individuals who are curious about and/or struggle with seemingly psychic phenomena will be able to incorporate the evidence-based information they receive from us into the classes they teach or the intervention plans they develop for their clients. Finally, the fifth group of individuals who may benefit from our programmes are life-long learners with no career plans or professional goals but who are motivated by their own experiences, the experiences of others and/or their own spiritual journey.
For students not interested in completing a degree programme: Successful completion of five Core Courses (the four Master's-level courses and one Doctoral-level course, for a total of 15 credits), will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Parapsychology.
Successful completion of all eight Core Courses and any other six credits (i.e., Transferred Credits, Research & Design I, and/or the Graduate Seminar, for a total of 30 credits), will result in the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Parapsychology.
All Parapsychology Core Courses must be takenaftermatriculating at IUGS in order to be counted towards an MA degree, a PhD degree, a PGCert or a PGDip.
Table 2 lays out the core courses of the two degrees The courses listed on the table below cover the foundational materials of the field. Each course will include readings in peer-reviewed journals, classic texts, active learning projects/papers/presentations that candidates can tailor to their particular learning goals and/or towards their eventual thesis or dissertation, as well as other assessment techniques, consultation, and encouragement of the formation of a personal learning network among the candidates. Courses will start when the students are ready to start. Each course will take place over 15 weeks from the start date. Courses are designed to conform to the United States credit-hour standard of 135 hours of student contact/content for a three-credit course. Every course week will include a ninety-minute pre-recorded online lecture by the faculty members with a faculty-student discussion forum available after each lecture. Additional student consultations, formal and informal, will be scheduled across each course.
Masters and doctoral candidates will be encouraged to commit to one of the following specializations: Exceptional and Anomalous Experiences; Academic or Scientific Research in Parapsychology; and Field Research in Parapsychology. Candidates who choose the Exceptional and Anomalous Experiences specialization will be expected to have clinical, experiential or qualitative research-oriented courses in the academic credits they transfer into the programme. Candidates who chose the Academic or Scientific Research specialization will be expected to have research qualifications or experience in scientific or humanities-based research; and candidates who wish to specialize in Field Research will be expected to have credits in field research in psychology, sociology, anthropology, history or other relevant fields.
The next table illustrates the interior structure of a core introductory course.
1. Overview of the Course and theField (Zingrone)
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Class components - Introduction to Parapsychology
The course will take 15 weeks to complete with 135 hours of planned student activities, paced at approximately 9 hours per week. Grading for the course is pass/fail
Within these planned activities will be the following:
Students are expected to purchase Irwin & Watt's Introduction to Parapsychology (2007, Jefferson City, MN: McFarland). The additional course materials provided in the classroom frame for the student will be a combination of primary (e.g., articles from the journal literature), secondary source materials (e.g. chapters from the Advances in Parapsychological Research series and recent anthologies of research and theory, and suggested books that review research and theory, provide a historical background or provide autobiographical or biographical materials of relevant individuals), and additional web-based materials such as presentations from academic and scientific conferences available on YouTube, Vimeo and the like.
Students are also encouraged to subscribe to the online Library of Exploratory Science, Lexcien.org and to explore free sources of other materials such as Hathi Trust, Google Scholar, as well as the onsite resources of any local university or public libraries that the student might find useful.
1Total Cost does not include the cost for the evaluation of continuing education course content or for the testing of unevaluated continuing education coursework submitted for transfer, or online courses offered by the University.
Independent study and online courses (if needed)
In crafting these programmes we have drawn on more than a century of serious work conducted at such notable universities as Harvard and Duke, Edinburgh and Cambridge. The early history of the field arose from such pioneers as the psychologist William James (18421910) and the Nobel Laureate in Physiology Charles Richet (18501935). Scientific parapsychology as well as overlapping branches of consciousness studies continue today in the capable hands of such modern luminaries as the psychologist Charles T. Tart (University of California‐Davis/Sofia University) and the Nobel Laureate in Physics, Brian Josephson (Cavendish Laboratories, Cambridge University), among many other scientists and scholars. Modern science in many countries has made it difficult for these topics to be pursued in a responsible academic environment, a situation that was recently decried in an article published in Frontiers of Neurosciencein which the Paul Thorson Professor of Psychology at the University of Lund, Dr Etzel Cardeña, along with 100 other signers, called for an expansion of research into parapsychology and consciousness in the university environment. The individuals signers -- including Tart and Josephson mentioned above -- are faculty members and researchers in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, physics, engineering, biology, philosophy, statistics and mathematics, among other disciplines. The institutions where these academics and scientists teach and conduct research include the University of London, the University of Toulouse, Northwestern University, the University of Nottingham, Duke University, the University of São Paulo, the University of Padova, Harvard University, Stanford University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, the University of Athens, Aarhus University and more (article retrieved from http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017/full).
In agreement with these individuals, we at the International University of Graduate Studies believe strongly that well‐constructed, evidence‐based Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Parapsychology are essential to a deeper understanding of the psychosocial context in which the phenomena are reported and beliefs are formed. The latitude of our instructional model will allow us to infuse the professional lives of our graduates with the information they need to expand their teaching to the scientific study of these important phenomena, plan rigorous research programs for their theses, dissertations and beyond, and infuse their clinical and other types of helping practices with a profound knowledge of the type of phenomena clients are frequently loathe to discuss.
As an extension to degree completion of high-quality undergraduate or graduate work begun elsewhere, we believe that our core courses are well-founded in the history, theory, and research methodology of scientific parapsychology. Our distance-learning instruction coupled with well-mentored research seminars as well as thesis and dissertation completion processes speak to the intersection of parapsychological findings with psychology, anthropology, physics, and neuroscience, as well as with the concerns of clinicians, counsellors and other healthcare professionals whose clients experience the phenomena. The programme we have crafted will endow candidates with the ability to improve their professional skill set, expand their personal awareness and make reasoned judgements about the excesses and distortions of popular culture, counteracting them persuasively.
Prior to moving on to the description of the IUGS Master's and Doctorate in Parapsychology, we would like to sketch the context of our programmes.
Scientific parapsychology embodies the best principles and practices of science in general, bringing time‐tested methodologies to a difficult subject. It is an interdisciplinary field of questions and concerns that spans the subject matter areas of psychology, physics and anthropology primarily. Research relevant to the field has also been conducted by physicians, engineers, sociologists and historians, among others.
Similar to other sciences, serious intellectual interest in a variety of seemingly paranormal phenomena predated the modern history of scientific parapsychology. Among the earliest of these were Ciceros first-century sceptical treatiseDeDivinatione, St. Augustines fourth‐century examination of Biblical prophecy in hisCity of God, Joseph Glanville's seventeenth‐century Saduccismus Triumphatus in which the author ranged over a variety of seemingly psychic phenomena, and Prospero Lambertini's eighteenth‐century treatise on the proper methodology for the investigation of "miracles" within the context of the canonization of Catholic saints.
Mesmerism in the eighteenth century, and Spiritualism and Spiritism in the mid‐nineteenth century, however, were the immediate catalysts for the founding of scientific societies in England, in the United States, and around the world. For example, the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) in London was founded in 1882 by a group of intellectuals largely made up of Cambridge University graduates and faculty, among them the great moral philosopher, Henry Sidgwick. The American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was founded in Boston in 1884 by William James and a group of academics, physicians and scientists mainly from Harvard. Both societies took as their remit the systematic investigation of the phenomena of Spiritualist mediumship and related exceptional experiences now classed as parapsychological.
Over one hundred and thirty years later, the SPR is still very much at the centre of scientific parapsychology, providing grants for research and education, hosting an annual academic conference, and publishing one of the main specialty journals in the field. Among its Presidents have been Edinburgh‐trained research psychologist Dr Richard S. Broughton, a recently retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, and Cambridge‐trained astrophysicist Professor Bernard Carr (Queen Mary/University of London). The SPR regularly publishes academic proceedings, a recent title being a treatise by Professor Carr that integrates psychic phenomena and physics. Although operating as a general membership organization, the SPR has always had a significant number of scientists and academics both on its Board and among the membership.
In the modern day, scientific parapsychology is studied in laboratories and units devoted to anomalistic psychology, parapsychology, consciousness, transpersonal psychology, and spirituality studies around the world. To give the example of a single university that has had a tremendous effect on the work over the last thirty years, we can look to the University of Edinburgh. American psychologist, the late Professor Robert Lyle Morris, assumed a chair of parapsychology in the psychology department at Edinburgh in 1985. From that moment until his untimely death in 2004, Dr Morris supervised more than twenty doctoral dissertations. His doctoral candidates have gone on to obtain positions and found units at universities around the world (many of them were signers of the article mentioned at the beginning of this document) such as at the University of Northampton in England, the University of Virginia in the United States, and the International University of La Rioja in Spain. In fact it has been claimed that more than 80 PhDs in psychology who have gone on to do significant research in the field can be traced back to Professor Morris original students. In fact, two of the core faculty of the IUGS programme, Drs Alvarado and Zingrone, obtained their doctorates in psychology at Edinburgh and were supervised by Dr Morris. Among the universities listed on the table below, more than a dozen have courses, supervision, or research units founded by classmates of our faculty or their students, among these Queen Margaret University and the Universities of Derby, Hertfordshire, Northampton in the UK, and the University of West Georgia in the Southeastern US, to name but a few.
In offering our programmes, IUGS is joining a prestigious group of schools that offer individual instruction, courses within a programme on related phenomena and theory, or research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. However, we are proud to say that IUGSs programme is unique in that it offers significantly more course-based instruction in the discipline than any of the universities listed above.
On a part-time basis, most candidates are anticipated to complete their degree requirements within eighteen months. The determining criteria are dedication and the candidate’s previous academic and professional portfolio.