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The Graduate Institute is a unique learning community. We are committed to the integrity and capacity of each person to design their own learning—and life.

We invite you to:

  • Engage in an educational experience that is personal, relational, challenging, and deeply meaningful.
  • Join a cohort of learners sharing a common motivation to learn and grow.
  • Create an M.A. program that will enable you to explore who you are called to become and what contribution you can make—and a program in which you can begin to create that contribution now, not sometime in the future

 

  • A program where you design your own learning
  • Experience a program that will offer you access to integral perspectives and insights
  • Learn in a high-quality program that integrates in-person distance learning with learning in short-term Residencies. On line, we converse in person in real time

 

Talk with the Admissions Counselor

  • Interested in our program and want more information?
  • Have questions about Transformative Learning?
  • Have questions about the Institute’s M.A. program?

Staff in the Office of the Academic Dean provide both pre-admission advising and academic advising, by telephone, email, synchronous electronic media, or in-person interviews. During these conversations, learners learn more about admission policies and procedures, transfer information, course and program planning, graduation requirements, and career planning.

Email or call our Toll-free number to set up an appointment to talk with our Admissions Counselor. We would like to talk with you.

Admission requirements

The Graduate Institute offers a Master of Arts in Transformative Learning. Our program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants are required to submit a transcript from the institution that granted their undergraduate degree.

Applicants must also have regular access to high-speed Internet so they can participate in online classes and directed studies.

Transfer Credit

A learner who has successfully completed graduate level courses at another accredited post-secondary institution may request that these credits be transferred to GIFT Learning if the course work is similar to a course offered by our program. GIFT Learning may grant a maximum of six credits towards a Master’s degree for this previously completed course work if it fulfills the requirements of the program to which the learner has applied.

Support for learners with disabilities

The Graduate Institute does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing equal access to all our programs for eligible students with disabilities. GIFT Learning upholds the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Accreditation

In Washington State, a new institution of higher education first gains authorization from the state’s Student Advancement Council before it can seek accreditation. The Transformative Learning Graduate Institute was authorized in 2011 and reauthorized in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Institute has applied for national accreditation in 2019.

Refunds

Learners who withdraw from a program are entitled to a full refund of tuition (except for the amount of the Application Fee), if withdrawal occurs on or before the last business day prior to the first official day of the semester.

A matriculating learner who withdraws from a specific course or directed study can claim a refund of tuition for that course according to the following schedule: 90% by the Friday of the 3rd week of the semester; 60% by the end of the 4th week; 40%, the 5th week; 30%, the 6th week; 20%, the 7th week; 10%, the 8th week; and none after that. Withdrawal notification must reach the Office of the Academic Dean on or before the Friday of the week of the withdrawal. If the learner withdraws after the 4th week, a grade of “W” will appear on the academic transcript.

Learners may withdraw and receive a 100% tuition refund from a Residency Workshop if they submit this request by email to the Academic Dean at least 15 days prior to the first day of the Semester.

Transfer Credit from
GIFT Learning to Another Institution

Acceptance of transfer credit from GIFT Learning is determined by the receiving institution.

Tuition and other costs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition is $1452 US for each three-credit course. Tuition for each semester can be paid all at once at the start of the semester or in four monthly installments.

Costs for books, technology fee and other learning materials will be approximately $500. Learners must pay for their own transportation, room, and board expenses for the Residency in both the first and second year of their participation in the program.

Learners must also pay for their own high speed Internet connection.
Residency costs vary from one year to the next. To find out what the cost will be this year, send an email of inquiry via the Questions? Box above.

Many GIFT Learning learners enroll in one course each semester. This allows them to earn their M.A. degree for less than $6,000 per year in out-of-pocket expense.

Scholarships

Learners may apply for a scholarship once they have been admitted to the M.A. Program.
All scholarships will be awarded in increments of $500 per course completed.

For more information about or to apply for a scholarship, contact: Dean@TLcommunity.org.

The Margo MacLeod Scholarship

The Margo MacLeod Scholarship is a grant of $500 toward the cost of tuition and/or residency accommodation costs, aimed toward those with a particular interest in advancing holistic thinking and practice around Awareness Through The Body (ATB), an integral yoga practice.

This scholarship is provided through the generosity of a group of Margo’s learners, including Abbie, Sara, Deb, Darcy, Andi, elan, Jessica, and Laurel.
This scholarship is offered 8 weeks before every semester, by application through the online application survey in the Community Portal.

The Renee Beth Poindexter Scholarship

Renee Beth Poindexter is the Board Chair of the Transformative Learning Foundation.This scholarship is a grant of $500 toward the cost of tuition and/or residency accommodation costs, aimed toward those with a passion for conscious business and taking their passion into the world.

This scholarship is offered 8 weeks before every semester, by application through the online application survey in the Community Portal.

The Diane Tien Memorial Scholarship

The Diane Tien Memorial Scholarship is a grant of $500 toward the cost of tuition and/or residency accommodation costs, available to learners of all ages who are supporting the self-authorship of their children or grandchildren.

Celebrating Diane’s passion for creativity in everyday life, the scholarship is aimed at learners with a particular interest in bringing the interrelationships of self, family, community, and global flourishing to the holistic learning process.

This scholarship is provided through the generosity of Laurel Tien, GIFT Learning’s Academic Dean and is offered 8 weeks before every semester, by application through the online application survey in the Community Portal.

The David Marshak Scholarship

David Marshak is the founding President and first Dean of GIFTLearning (formerly known as the SelfDesign Graduate Institute). The David Marshak Scholarship is a grant of $500 toward the cost of tuition and/or residency accommodation costs, aimed toward those who are working with youth to raise consciousness and make a difference in our world(s).

This scholarship is provided through the generosity of those who participated in David’s Matching Grant challenge in 2018 and 2019. This scholarship is offered 8 weeks before every semester, by application through the online application survey in the Community Portal.

The Fleurette Sweeney Scholarship

The Fleurette Sweeney Scholarship is a grant of $500 toward the cost of tuition and/or residency accommodation costs, aimed toward those midwifing an intention (Otto Sharmer calls this ‘leading from the emerging future’) and sowing seeds of emergence.

This scholarship is offered 8 weeks before every semester, by application through the online application survey in the Community Portal.

2019-2020 GIFT Learning Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2019

First day of semester September 3

Residency:

Choice 1:
Thursday Sept 26 at 4pm through Tuesday Oct 1, 11 am
(5 nights, 6 days)

Choice 2:
Sunday Sept 29 at 4pm through Oct 4 11 am
(5 nights, 6 days)

GIFT Learning Community Gathering:
Sunday Sept 29 at 4pm through to Tuesday Oct 1 at 11am

Last day of semester December 13

Grades due:
December 20

Legal holidays:
November 21-22

Winter Semester 2020

First day of semester January 2

Last day of semester April 12

Grades due:
April 19

Legal holidays:
February 18

Summer Semester 2020

First day of semester September 3

Residency and GIFT Learning Community

Gathering:
Wednesday, September 23–Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020

Last day of semester December 13

Grades due:
December 20

Legal holidays:
November 21-22

2020-2021 GIFT Learning Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2020

First day of semester September 3

Residency and GIFT Learning

Community Gathering:
Wednesday, September 23–Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020

Last day of semester December 13

Grades due:
December 20

Legal holidays:
November 21-22