Kona University Online

Kona University Online was established to become a distance education leader that provides programs with an interdisciplinary focus. Their mission is to provide quality education to adults through distance learning that fosters a deep understanding of healing the whole person. The university was founded in 1994 as American Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. The school’s goal was to provide distance education on a flexible schedule that could not be done in a traditional setting. In 2006, the school developed its flagship master’s degree program in transpersonal psychology, and began offering it entirely online as Kona University Online. In 2009, the university moved to its current campus to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Programs Offered

Kona University Online offers three distinct programs aimed at helping those seeking a career in mental health care reach their dreams. Kona offers a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology that features an emphasis on the study of the whole human being: mind, body, and spirit. Students must complete 39 units of graduate credit, as well as a capstone electronic portfolio and practicum, to graduate. During the program, students will take courses covering the theoretical foundations of psychology, psychology of the mind/body connection, Jungian psychology and archetypes, research methodology, and more.

Kona also offers two certificate programs for psychology professionals in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). The first, an online NLP practitioner certificate, is designed to provide students with the ability to identify the basic skills, techniques, patterns, and concepts of NLP. The second, an online NLP trainers certificate program, is designed to train current NLP practitioners in conducting seminars and conferences.


Kona University’s master’s and certificate programs are accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council. The DETC does not extend accreditation to the certificate programs themselves, but to programs that prepare individuals to sit for independently administered certification examinations.


Specific admissions requirements vary by program, school, and degree level, and students will need to check the individual admission requirements of the particular degree or certificate they are seeking. Students applying to the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology program must hold an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation – or an equivalent if earned outside o the United States – with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. Prospective students must also complete and submit all of the following: official transcripts from any previously attended colleges or universities, two letters of recommendation, a resume or curriculum vitae, a completed application form and a fee, a completed tuition agreement form, a student code of conduct form, a technology profile form, a three-page personal statement, copy of a government issued ID, a completed telephone interview, and a successfully completed orientation course.

Admissions Contact

Kona University Online
Office of Admissions
75-6099 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(800) 800-6463

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