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PhD in Wisdom Studies

Our doctoral program is dedicated to helping you find your unique well-researched contribution to the world inspired by the wisdom traditions and modern-day insight.

What our students say

Rachel Root

Ph.D. in Integral Transpersonal Psychology

I got my start with Ubiquity when I attended Chartres Academy for several summer sessions, which I found to be stimulating, and transformational. The teachers, and lectures were quite profound, and were very accessible to the students. Through my course work, and interactions with many people attending Chartres Academy I began to be interested in the programs of study offered by Ubiquity University, especially Integral Transpersonal Psychology. My career had been in music, yet I was looking for ways to integrate my skills incorporating Integral Transpersonal Psychology. I grew immensely, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally under the guidance of my teachers, and fellow students from all over the world.
I loved working on my dissertation and highly valued working on something that I was very passionate about. In this process I found my own voice to be able to fully express my truth in the world.

K. Mari Castle

Ph.D. in Wisdom Studies

I chose Ubiquity University’s PhD program because of the flexibility and freedom to concentrate on coursework that would support my research on ancient wisdom. The Chartres pilgrimage was a profound and transpersonal experience. The faculty was very supportive and I especially enjoyed the diverse community, and like-mind connections – many of which I am still friends with today.

Vita Pires

Ph.D. in Wisdom Studies

My initial motivation to engage with a Ph.D. program at Ubiquity University was that Ubiquity’s educational model is grounded in the world’s wisdom traditions. Therefore I pursued my passion for engaging in in-depth research into the field of study involving the Early Buddhist approach to developing wisdom. The process allowed a deep dive into this topic from multiple angles, including practice, study, and textual exegesis. It was a life-transforming challenge filled with many rewards and insights.

Lindley Edwards

Ph.D. in Wisdom Studies

I found it was an expanding experience, broadening my knowledge, understanding and perspectives. I particularly like the way in which students are required to incorporate what they learn into day to day life and explore what this might mean, anchoring academic theory into praxis. I also enjoyed the encouragement and challenge of my PhD supervisor who provided tangible value to my thesis. The environment was very supportive from the academic staff, the administrative staff and fellow students.

Bodhi Simpson

Ph.D. in Wisdom Studies

Entering into a PhD Program at Ubiquity in Wisdom Studies was an incredible experience and supported the ways that I learned best. This was absolutely the right program for me. I felt seen, heard, connected, and supported throughout my educational journey.

Gyorgyi Szabo

Dean of Graduate Studies

Reasons to do a Ph.D. are as diverse as PhD topics. For pursuing a doctorate, it could be about to start or advance a research in a particular field one is passionate about, follow a scientific or philosophical curiosity, openness and drive to improve oneself and learn new skills. One of the other strong reasons is the desire to make an original contribution to a specific subject. After all, this is a defining quality of a Ph.D. that sets it apart from other university qualifications. The aim is to create something new and significant that will stand alongside the work of previous scholars as well as affect and influence humankind’s evolution towards a more coherent, conscious, peaceful and just world for all.


Our PhD program is co-led by Dr. Gyorgyi Szabo, PhD (Sorbonne) who serves as our Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Jim Garrison, PhD (University of Cambridge) who serves as our President.
Gyorgyi Szabo PhD

Gyorgyi Szabo PhD

Core faculty

Jim Garrison PhD

Jim Garrison PhD

Core faculty

Examples of Dissertations from our Students

Mary Francis Drake DMin: Conscious Evolution on the Mystical Christian Initiatory Path

Thomas Huebl - A New Paradigm for Healing Collective Trauma: A Process Based on the Mystical Principles of Healing

In this dissertation, IDr Thomas Huebl examines both the phenomenon of collective trauma and a group process for integration and healing of individual, ancestral, and collective trauma that focuses on an embodied, relational approach rooted in mysticism and self-reflection.

Reflections of Children of Holocaust Survivors in their Second Half of Life on their Life Experience by Ronnie Dunetz

The Creative Journey to Dissertation

Finding Your Voice, Making your Mark

The “Creative Journey to Dissertation” is a 1-week intensive designed by our Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Gyorgyi Szabo. The course is a critical part of the dissertation writing process and is a requirement for all MA candidates.

Faculty: Gyorgyi Szabo

Support during your Graduate Program

During your graduate dissertation writing you will be supported by a Major Advisor of your own choosing, as well as optional writing courses and writing mentorship.

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Jim Garrison PhD

Founder, President, Chief Academic Officer, Faculty

Jim Garrison, PhD, has had a lifetime of social and political activism beginning in the 1960s with the anti-war, anti-nuclear, citizen diplomacy and environmental movements. He founded Ubiquity University having served as President of Wisdom University from 2005 – 2012 which was acquired by Ubiquity in 2013. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as co-founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA (1992 – 1995) and State of the World Forum (1995 – 2004) with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman. Jim received his BA in History from the University of Santa Clara, an MA in History of Religion from Harvard University, and a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Cambridge. He has written numerous books, including “The Plutonium Culture,” “The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima,” “The Russian Threat,” “Civilization and The Transformation of Power,” and, “America as Empire.” Jim teaches a range of courses at Ubiquity in philosophy, history and global affairs.

Gyorgyi Szabo PhD

Core faculty of Dissertation Writing

Gyorgyi is Dean of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University. She was a Co-Founder and Academic Dean of the ‘Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study’ (ELCAS). She served as the Director of Research and Development of the Center’s Exploratoria Program. She was co-creator of the WorldShift International Foundation, and the WorldShift 2012 organizations, and currently serves as the Executive Director at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Memnosyne Foundation. She lectures worldwide and has published two books; papers in The Scientific and Medical Network’s Review, The Shift Network, and World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. Gyorgyi Szabo holds a PhD in Sociology – Summa Cum Laude awarded by the Sorbonne, University of Paris. She is also a trained Reiki and Reconnective Healing practitioner. Her holistic approach to metaphysics and interest in conscious evolution serves as foundation for her work in facilitating cooperative evolution toward a peaceful and regenerative world.