Atlantic University

Atlantic University is an American private non-profit distance education institution of higher and continuing education in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The university is associated with Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.),[1][2] and its administrative offices are in the Don and Nancy de Laski Education Center[3][4] on the main A.R.E. campus. The university is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA),[5][6] for its distance education and hybrid programs. The university also maintains licensure with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).[7]

Atlantic University
PresidentKevin J. Todeschi (CEO)
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AccreditationDistance Education Accrediting Commission


Atlantic University received its charter on April 29, 1930, with a goal of offering a liberal arts education through a holistic perspective.[8] The university closed in 1931,[9][10] but the charter was kept active. In the fall semester of 1985,[11] Atlantic University reopened as a graduate school with a curriculum that focused on Transpersonal Studies.[12] The first class graduated in 1989.

Initially the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies was offered as a residential program with a few independent study distance education options via a correspondence course model. Over the years, the ratio of distance to residential courses changed until the majority of courses were taught as distance education. The method of instruction of distance courses also changed from a correspondence course model to web-based courses to courses on CD. In 2010, the conversion to a truly online school with three semesters began. As the university changed, continuing education and personal enrichment courses were added. In 2017, the university changed from three 14-week semesters to four 12-week semesters allowing for students to complete their program more efficiently. In recent years, the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies was changed to Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, thus making the program more accessible and understandable to the outside public. In addition to the Transpersonal psychology degree, Atlantic University offers a Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Regression Hypnosis, a Graduate Certificate in Mindful Leadership, a non-credit certificate in Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training, and Lifelong Learning certificates to adult learners.


  • Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology[13] with specializations in:
    • General studies
    • Applied spirituality
    • Consciousness
    • Creativity
    • Leadership and Conflict Transformation
  • Master of Arts in Mindful Leadership

Other programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis
  • Graduate Certificate in Mindful Leadership
  • Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training (non-credit certificate)
  • Lifelong learning (non-credit)


  1. ^ Lucas, Phillip Charles (2005). "Association for Research and Enlightenment", Encyclopedia of Religion (2 ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. pp. 559–561.
  2. ^ Lascara, Virginia (5 December 2014). "Edgar Cayce's message of hope, health and healing lives after him". Inside Business. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Edgar Cayce association expands Va. Beach footprint". Viginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA, published online September 3, 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. to Break Ground on New Education Center". A.R.E., Release Date September 6, 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  5. ^ "DEAC History". DEAC. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Directory". Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Private Institutions exempt from certification". SCHEV. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Chronology of Events in Edgar Cayce's Life". A.R.E. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Rediscovering the Roots of Atlantic University". A.R.E. Blog. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  10. ^ Hanegraaff, Wouter J. (2006). Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism. Boston, MA: Brill Academic Publishers. p. 248.
  11. ^ McLemee, Scott (12 September 2003). "Prophet and Loss". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 50 (3): A48.
  12. ^ Davis, James (15 December 1997). "Cayce History There's a New Book, an A&E 'Biography' Profile, and a New Wave of Interest in the 'Sleeping Prophet'". Sun Sentinel: 1E.
  13. ^ "Big News at Atlantic University". A.R.E. Blog. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.

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