Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision: Real people. Real learning. Real results.

Mission: The SelfDesign Graduate Institute nurtures each learner’s authoring of her/his own learning and life within a learning community, through high quality low-residency and distance education.


To provide our learners with programs and opportunities for learning and adult development that unfold both their calling and their talents —programs that our learners largely selfdesign; and

To encourage our learners to use their M.A. program in SelfDesign as a vehicle for shaping their lives in ways that both promote their own satisfaction, well-being and happiness and offer meaningful service to others.


Given this mission and goals, our objectives include the following:

  • To nurture our learners as they gain greater access both to their inner knowing and their insight about how they want to selfdesign their Master of Arts program and their lives;
  •  To provide each learner with an ecology of foundational insights, understandings, and skills through our Core courses, with a focus on SelfDesign, epistemology, ontology, systems concepts, and learning in community;
  • To engage our learners in rigorous and challenging academic work that supports the learning plans they have selfdesigned and to provide careful mentoring through this process;
  • To engage our learners deeply as whole persons—body, heart, mind, and soul—as they selfdesign and engage in their M.A. program; and
  • To support our learners as they use the knowledge, wisdom, and tools they gain in their M.A. program to make a positive difference in their world.

History of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute
The Institute, founded in 2011, offered its first online class in January 2012. The first August Residency was held in third week of August 2012. The Institute has operated consistently since that time.