Our Essence

OF the PTS Transcendent Leadership Program


Purpose/Intention of the Program

The intention for the Transcendent Leadership program is to awaken the transcendent leader in each of us by focusing on a direct experience of spirit, practicing being spirit- or soul-led, and living with an intentional focus on presence, living love, and a growing awareness of the divinity of the soul and transcendence—what we call transcendent leadership consciousness. With a focus on enhancing awareness of soul or spirit, we aim to develop proficiency in bringing our presence and actions into alignment and harmony with our spiritual purpose and understanding. This focus opens and facilitates our ability to lead, not from the personality, but as instruments of spirit’s purpose.

Like other programs in J-R’s organizations, the program facilitates an ongoing connection among a community of learners (students and faculty) with a variety of opportunities to enhance learning and growth and to support us in our own direct experience of divinity and living love.  John-Roger defined soul transcendence as becoming aware of yourself as a soul and as one with God. When we live in a way that our actions and presence are in harmony with that awareness of soul and the divine, we are leading a life of soul transcendence.

The foundation of this program is those spiritual truths that have been presented through the teachings of John-Roger through soul awareness discourses and other materials. The TL program adds another dimension to the PTS experience through profound coursework that highlights these universal truths of spirit, connecting the knowledge that was shared by John-Roger with the works of others throughout time and across cultures and traditions, in ways that are personal, practical, and scholarly. Among these universal teachings are a commitment to following spirit’s direction, seeing the divinity in all, trusting the perfection of all, and living love.

The TL faculty share the perspective that all of the J-R programs and organizations present paths that hold an intention for the same end goals—personal and soul transcendence. The individual emphasis within each path differs, which creates an amazing bounty of ways for people to connect, in as many ways as they want to, in the ways that speak to them and call to their hearts. Our work in MSIA and PTS is to make the teachings of soul transcendence available to those who are looking for them; the TL faculty hold as our work sharing these spiritual truths in an open, integrative, and scholarly way. 


Everyone! We believe that every one of us is a leader—we each lead by modeling or demonstrating our own values and beliefs. Leadership is how we show up in the world. Transcendent leadership is showing up in a way that radiates living love and awareness of soul and the divine in all.

Those who currently or plan to serve in a leadership role in a business, organization, family, or community setting can focus on ways to integrate their spiritual beliefs with their work, building a transcendent leadership culture in the workplace, home, community, and so on. 

Those who have been in MSIA for many years and those who are brand new to MSIA will be supported in their personal process and experience of building greater attunement to spirit’s direction. 

Anyone can benefit from the program, which supports us as we work in any setting to align and harmonize our actions and presence with our awareness of divinity and soul. 



The TL program does not have specific prerequisites. This means that it is open to everyone. Someone new to MSIA and PTS or someone involved for many years will find value in this program, which is designed to support each of us as we reflect on where we are in our own awareness about transcendent leadership and move forward/upward in our growth and learning. 

Students and faculty in the program will be actively engaged with MSIA Soul Awareness Discourses, Years 1 and 2, as part of the TL Curriculum. This will require an active subscription to discourses (or SATs if past discourse #144). Accepted students who are new to MSIA will be subscribed to discourses upon enrolling in the program. Further engagement with MSIA, such as seeking initiation or ministry, is not expected or required.  

Those who hold a bachelor's degree can earn the MSS in Transcendent Leadership. Those without a bachelor's degree can earn a certificate of completion. Courses and requirements are the same in either case. 

In reviewing applications, the faculty are looking for applicants to the program who demonstrate: [1] a commitment to personal learning and growth through actively practicing those things that open our hearts and communicate our living love; [2] dedication to spiritual learning and growth through a meaningful and active spiritual practice or understanding, whatever that is for you; and [3] an interest in reflective or scholarly learning and growth through reading and writing about soul- or spirit-led leadership. 

What is involved? / How does it work?

This program is considered a distance learning program that uses blended learning methods to create and support an engaged and dynamic cohort-learning experience. The majority of the work is done in one's own place of residence or from anywhere in the world you may be. There is one in-person orientation immediately prior to the student’s first semester of enrollment and one in-person residency about mid-way through each semester.

The program uses a dynamic blended-learning model, which includes:

  • highly interactive online discussions and learning experiences where students and faculty are connected in dialogue throughout the semester (these activities are called asynchronous, as they allow each learner to participate in her or his own timing and location);

  • regularly scheduled video conference calls with the faculty and cohort (these activities are called synchronous, as all participants are connected at the same time using internet technology); and

  • small group work through a Transcendent Leader Circle (these may be face to face or use internet-based video conferencing technology).

The program utilizes cohort-based learning to ensure student success and connection. It is designed specifically to build loving, supportive community among the participants—students and faculty. It is highly engaged and interactive.

Residential Requirements

  • 6-day orientation in August of the year you start the program (for the 2019-2020 academic year, that is August 19-24, 2019) in Santa Monica CA (at 2101 Wilshire)

  • 5-day residency in October every fall you are enrolled (for 2019-2020 that is October 30 - Nov 3, 2019)

  • 5-day residency in March every spring you are enrolled (for 2019-2020 that is March 25-29, 2020)


The program is designed as a graduate-level (master's) scholarly program that includes books and articles by a variety of different writers with a focus on loving, spirit, and leadership. Participation includes weekly activities presented by the faculty in each of three courses. Course activities include reading, writing reflective responses to media or text, engaging in supportive conversations with your peers via video call, and more. The program is scholarly in a creative and personally meaningful way. Students may find that the spiritual transcendent work begins as soon as the choice is made to apply to the program, and calls you forward to your greatest level of intention, commitment, and devotion to your soul’s journey. All coursework and assignments are chosen to provide a deep and meaningful connection to one's own learning, growth, and upliftment along your transcendent journey. 

Travelers throughout the ages have been planting seeds for the artistry of this powerful and transformational program.
— Sophia, Current TL Student

The intention of the faculty in designing and presenting the MSS program in Transcendent Leadership is to provide a curriculum that encourages students to integrate the beauty, grace, and practical spirituality of the PTS mystery school experience with a scholarly approach to spiritual study that connects the teachings of John-Roger and John Morton with existing published works on spiritual concepts and truths. 

In our classes we refer to this scholarly approach in various ways, drawing from a number of disciplines and perspectives. In the program, students gain experience with scholarly practices such as collaborative inquiry, integrative learning, reflexive or transformative learning, and scholarly goodness. When we speak of scholarship, we are referring to the value (the good) that is gained from critical thinking and a curious, open approach to learning. In this way we integrate our church's teachings with the works of other spiritual teachers, philosophers, artists, scientists, poets, community or business leaders, and so on.

Students can expect this program to take a few hours, up to 20 hours, per week of their time; this includes all reading, writing, thinking, discussion, cohort calls, and so on. It’s designed to be the kind of learning that is easily integrated into one’s current life and work. And of course, except for the residency in Santa Monica each semester, it is all done from wherever you are at the moment. 

Cost of the Program

For the second cohort—the class of students who will enroll in the fall 2019 semester—we are offering a discounted tuition. We are doing this to ensure that we have a strong, enthusiastic,  powerful cohort during our first two years of offering the program. The faculty have a lot of experience behind us in creating new programs and one thing we know is that the first cohorts of a new program have a powerful role in co-creating the program with the faculty. We want you there!

For this second incoming class—those enrolling to begin August 2019—the tuition is $2367 per semester (times 4 semesters—$9468 total).


Details and Application Process

Navigate through this website for the full curriculum, faculty information, calendar, and tuition. 

To apply go to www.transcendentleader.org and click on the application button at the bottom of every page, including this one. Fill in your contact information and the application will come up.

In order to support our community and Spirit's timing, we will continue accepting applications as late as we can, with the understanding that attendance at orientation in Santa Monica CA August 19-24, 2019 is required.  

You may contact us at transcendentleader@pts.org or call Joanie at (323) 328-1955.