Frequently Asked Questions

Soul-Centered Living Program

Spiritual Psychology is the study and practice of the art and science of Conscious Awakening. Watch Dr. Ron Hulnick speak on the essence of Spiritual Psychology.

Right now, more than any time in history, people are evaluating their lives through the filter of these essential questions:

  1. Who Am I?
  2. What Is My Purpose?
  3. How Can I Make a Meaningful Contribution?

For more than 30 years, the University of Santa Monica, the Worldwide Center for the Study and Practice of Spiritual Psychology®, has been diligently and lovingly providing innovative Programs in Spiritual Psychology. The University’s Soul-Centered experiential educational paradigm evokes in students their own answers to these three essential questions resulting in more meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in their lives. Each individual student is recognized, honored, and respected for the Essence of who they truly are and their unique gifts.

One knows the true nature of the tree by the fruit it produces. And so, for us at the University of Santa Monica, our graduates, their lives, relationships, careers, and their contributions in the world are the true measures and celebrations of how a University of Santa Monica education can transform a human life. We invite you to see their stories and, ideally, connect with them in person at one of our Complimentary Evenings. To experience the miracle of our graduates is to experience the miracle of the University of Santa Monica.

The University’s programs are based on universal spiritual principles. As scholars, poets, and wise people have been saying for centuries, there is a deeper level within each of us that we refer to as the Authentic Self or Soul, the spiritual dimension of human consciousness. This is the level of awareness that people who meditate seek to explore, and (as those who say they have succeeded report) all that is ever found there are Peace, Love, Joy, and Infinite Compassion. It is at this level that we, as human beings, begin to experience who we truly are as spiritual beings with spiritual purpose independent from the personality dictates of the mind and emotions.

Like each of us, the world of education is evolving. In each era, institutions of higher learning have brought forward new paradigms of thought and practice to assist the world in overcoming the challenges of the times. And so, for hundreds of years, institutions of higher learning have been operating within the paradigm of Knowledge, meaning the acquisition of information, in service to fueling passages marked by monikers like the “Industrial Age” and the “Information Age.”

Would it be in service to humanity for there to be an institution of higher learning whose purpose was not to equip students with more knowledge but to provide them with opportunities for the healing and transformation of their own consciousness, along with principles and practices that empower them to make a meaningful contribution in their world?

Yes! A bachelor’s degree is not a requirement to apply to Soul-Centered Living. However, a high school diploma/GED or its equivalent is required. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more details at (310) 829-7402.

Applications are reviewed to assess an applicant’s clarity of intention to participate as well as the readiness to do the depth of transformational work involved in the Program, and to participate as part of a large group educational experience. The University’s only academic requirement is a high school diploma/GED or its equivalent, and many who take the Program possess advanced degrees.

USM is currently accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Soul-Centered Living I Program. We highly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to ensure your place in the class. For Admissions questions and information, please call Tammi Scott, Director of Admissions, at (310) 829-7402, ext. 123.
Click here to see the Class Schedule for the 2017-2018 Soul-Centered Living Program. Watch below as Dr. Mary Hulnick speak to the intent behind the University’s schedule of classes.

Click here to see the USM calendar of Events, or contact a member of the Admissions Team to arrange a visit to the USM Campus.
Please see our Campus & Facilities page for information on accommodations, airports, parking, and transportation.
Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick, pioneers and worldwide leaders in the field of Spiritual Psychology, have written several books on the topic. Their latest book, Remembering the Light Within: A Course in Soul-Centered Living, was published in 2017 by Hay House and can be purchased at We also recommend their book, Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology, which can be purchased through We invite you to learn more about Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick and the field of Spiritual Psychology by reading the articles and viewing videos on the University of Santa Monica website.

Founding Faculty and Co-Directors of the University, Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick are the lead facilitators for the Soul-Centered Living Program. They are pioneers and innovators in the field of Spiritual Psychology and are the designers of the University’s life-changing curriculum. To see Ron’s bio, click here. To see Mary’s bio, click here.

Licia Rester-Frazee also serves on the University’s faculty as a facilitator for the Soul-Centered Living Program. Additionally, she serves as USM’s Director of Online Education, where she works closely with Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick to translate the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology to the interactive medium for the Online component of the SCL Program and for Online offerings for graduates and the general public. To see Licia’s bio, click here.

The curriculum has been designed for adult learners, and as such, there is no required homework. In addition, one or more books are recommended for reading each month.

USM Programs are not a form of therapy nor are they a drug and alcohol recovery program. The Programs at the University of Santa Monica are Soul-Centered experiential education processes designed to provide students opportunities for learning and applying the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology in service to transforming their consciousness and Awakening into the fuller awareness of their Essential Nature.

These Programs are not intended to replace or be an alternative to psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatric, or other medical services provided by trained, licensed professionals.

The University’s Programs are not intended to be a detoxification program or a recovery support group. Nor are they intended to be a substitute or alternative to such programs. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, we urge you to seek a program designed to help you achieve sobriety. Once having achieved a stable level of sobriety, many people have reported the Programs to be an important and valuable adjunct to their [12-step] recovery program.

Tuition for Soul-Centered Living I Program

Currently, there are no scholarships available.

For more information, please contact Admissions at (310) 829-7402.

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