Post-Graduate Diploma Progam (PGD)

The Gaia University Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) has a similar pattern to a master's degree but has lighter output packet requirements. It is suited to people in three categories:

woman building chicken palace1. Starting a Masters degree - you are working toward a master's degree, but wish to make a completion after one year, possibly taking a break before entering the capstone master's program year. People with deep life experience and no Bachelors Degree can apply for this pathway.

2. Staring a Doctoral pathway - you already have a Master's Degree from another institution and are seeking to develop your action learning and research capacities

3. Augmenting a Masters Degree - you are seeking to augment an existing Master's Degree by working to develop skills in a topic area not previously covered.

A series of PGD programs, initiated from time to time, is an excellent means of continuing advanced level learning over a lifetime, and for evidencing action learning in fresh topic areas as your life and interests develop.

Post-graduate diplomas enable associates to become familiar with the Gaia U action learning methodology, advisory system, get support for strategic level projects and make significant transitions in their careers. The post-graduate diploma (or Master's degree with Gaia University) is a prerequisite for application to the doctoral program which will be offered by Gaia University in the future.

You have a choice of pathways – Integrative Ecosocial Design (IESD) and Open Topic. Both pathways assist you in developing transferable skill-flexes much in demand by project leaders, non-profits, and other employers in the world change field. You will enhance your project design and management skills; develop your digital documentation skills; expand your leadership abilities; develop additional research capacities; hone your action learning skills and more.

Please see the decision model below to assist you in making an appropriate pathway choice and feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss your options.

Length of Program: 1 Year

Program Requirements and Available Services

applesThe table below outlines the services available to post-graduate diploma associates as well as the minimum requirements that need to be fulfilled to graduate. It is important to understand is that it is up to you to access available services. The main advisor is your primary and most regular contact point and will assist you in assessing and initiating these services. Not accessing them, however, does not warrant requests for refunds. If you are in a Premium Program you are purchasing a complete package of services with your Gaia University tuition. It is up to you to maximize your access and utilization.

  Capstone Phase
 Main Advisor
 Skill-flex Advisors
 Learning Support
 Specialist Advisors
 Output Packet Review
 Middle-of-Year presentation
 End-of-Phase presentation
 Gaia Radio Content Calls
 Gaia Radio All Gaia Comunity Calls
 External Review

A standard pattern exists for all programs which you can review on the Program Cycle page. An overview of requirements specific to the post-graduate diploma program follows. You will also receive detailed information regarding all services and requirements during your orientation workshop.

Workshops - Prerequisite, Required, and Recommended

  • Associates pursuing the Integrative Ecosocial Design (IESD) pathway are required to complete a Permaculture Design Course, Ecovillage Design Course or equivalent design study as a prerequisite to program commencement. This is not a course offered through Gaia University; it must be completed at an organization of your choice. Proof of completion and/or certification will be required.
  • Highly Recommended: Re-Evaluation Counseling Fundamentals Course (additional fees apply)

You will need regular internet access to fulfill the requirements of this program.