There are many ways for magicians to learn thaumaturgy (the practice of magic) in the Sixth World, but the most familiar and common method is to study at the academy, a method preferred and encouraged by the largest and most powerful sponsors of magical research and use (corporations, governments, magical orders). Since the Awakening, colleges and universities around the world have opened their own thaumaturgical studies departments.

Although degrees in narrower fields of magical study arose earlier (Charles University established its Hermetic Studies program in 2016), the number of magic schools has increased tremendously since UCLA established the first Department of Occult Studies (now the Department of Thaumaturgy) in 2025. CalTech granted the first doctoral degree in a magical field (a Ph.D. in Metaphysics) to Akiko Kano in 2028, and the earliest recorded Th.D. was awarded to Arthur White Eagle by UCLA in 2034. Many colleges and universities, especially in North America, have since established undergraduate departments of thaumaturgy, although most graduate programs are still limited to the major schools that first opened their doors.

In the last two decades, community and technical colleges have opened their own thaumaturgy departments to assist in the training of practical magic skills for non-affiliated magicians and for mundanes eager to learn more about the science and art of magic in the Sixth World. This has lead the AAAT to recognize and accredit programs conferring associate degrees.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was the first university in the world to open a thaumaturgical studies program and was the first program to offer a Doctorate of Thaumaturgy (Th.D), the universally recognized terminal academic degree in the field. While UCLA is still a preeminent institution, many other universities have since become recognized in the field for their rigor and the scope and depth of contributions to practical and theoretical thaumaturgy.

Traditions Edit

Most academic programs were founded upon on the Hermetic Tradition, which has since fragmented into a number of distinct traditions but which all focus on a logical, research-based approach to the study and practice of magic. This was a founding influence, and many of the first and most influential schools and departments were founded within the science and technology divisions and by institutions with a strong technical and scientific focus; the most notable of which is MIT&T in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The most notable exception to the domination of Hermetics within the academy has long been Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Algonkian-Manitou Council. Lakehead's program is based around traditional Native American shamanic practices and teachings to impart practical and academic knowledge of thaumaturgy. Additionally, Emory University near Atlanta offered a minor certificate in Shamanic Magic Studies in the early decades since the Awakening.

While North American schools are deeply entrenched in the Hermetic and Hermetic-leaning tradition, Europe has become more important as universities there have liberalized and opened their research and practical studies more towards acceptance of creative and intuitive thaumaturgy alongside the scholarly approach of Hermeticism. The leading institution in this case is Charles University in Prague, which is considered to be the "home" of Unified Magical Theory and its most well-known advocate and teacher, the great dragon Schwarzkopf. Another distinguished exception is the Oxford University Royal College of Magicians, which is dominated by the Druidic tradition and is considered the scholastic "home" of the New Druidic Movement.

Accreditation Edit

The American Association for the Advancement of Thaumaturgy (AAAT) is responsible for granting accreditation to magical schools, departments, and programs across North America. The AAAT has also set the standard for recognition of magical studies degrees conferred by institutes of higher education in North America.

Degrees Conferred Edit

The following degrees may be conferred by magic schools accredited by the AAAT. The AAAT has only in the last decade begun accreditation degree programs in Arts as well as Science, with the exception of B.A. and M.A. programs from the earliest magic schools (e.g. Georgetown). Depending on the institution, the degree may be conferred for a specifically-recognized field of study or generally in Thaumaturgy. This is also an effect of culture, since different universities established schools before the AAAT established a clear academic standard. For example, UCLA established the first magic school as the Department of Occult Studies before renaming it to the Department of Thaumaturgy. The Jesuit colleges and universities were among the vanguard, notably opening the Georgetown University Department of Occult Studies following the Roman Catholic's about face on magic with Pope John XXV's Imago Dei. Georgetown kept the name, reflecting its Roman Catholic as well as its scholastic foundations, and grants B.A. and M.A. degrees in Occult Studies regardless of the graduate's specific field of study.

  • Associate of Applied Science (A.S.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
  • Associate of Art (A.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Art (B.A.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Magic (M.M.)
  • Doctor of Thaumaturgy (Th.D.)

Accredited Fields of Study Edit

  • Applied Thaumaturgy
  • Arcanoarchaeology
  • Artificing
  • Astral Studies
  • Attunement
  • Centering
  • Cleansing
  • Divination
  • Feng Shui
  • Forensic Magic
  • Geomancy
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaplanar Studies
  • Occult Studies
  • Practical Conjuration
  • Psychometry
  • Somatics
  • Shamanistic Studies
  • Talismongering
  • Theoretical Magic

Notable Institutions Edit

Africa Edit

Asamando Edit

  • University of Asamando (Nyamkopon)

Egypt Edit

  • Al-Azhar Islamic University (Cairo)

Nigeria Edit

  • Lagos University (Lagos)
  • University of Nigeria (Ife)

Asia Edit

Arabian Caliphate Edit

  • Islamic University of Cordoba-Dubai (Dubai)
  • Prince Sultan University (Riyadh)

Hong Kong Edit

  • Hong Kong University

Indian Union Edit

  • Calcutta University (Calcutta)

Istanbul Edit

  • New Islamic University

Japan Edit

  • Tokyo University (Neo-Tokyo)

Mongolia Edit

  • University of Urga (Urga)

Australia, New Zealand, Oceana Edit

Australia Edit

  • Charles Darwin University (Darwin)

Hawai'i Edit

  • University of Hawaii (Honolulu)

New Zealand Edit

  • University of Auckland (Auckland)

Europe Edit

AGS Edit

  • Erfurt University - German: Neue Universität Erfurt (Erfurt)
  • Free University of Berlin - German: Vereinigte Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin)
  • Jena University - German: Carl Zeiss-Universität Jena (Jena)
  • Karlsruhe University (Karlsruhe)
  • Langenzell Institute for Thaumaturgical Studies (Bavaria)
  • University of Cologne (Cologne) - Part of Neue Ruhr-Univerität (various cities in North-Rhine-Ruhr)
  • University of Giessen - German: Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Giessen, Hessen-Nassau)
  • University of Goettingen - German: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Goettingen, North German League)
  • University of Hannover - German: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (Hannover, Capital of AGS, North German League)
  • University of Heidelberg/Heidelberger University - German: Ruprecht Karl-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg)
  • University of Marburg - German: Phillips-Universität Marburg (Marburg, Hessen-Nassau)
  • University of Tuebingen - German: Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (Tuebingen, part of Stuttgart Metroplex)

Austria Edit

  • University of Vienna (Vienna)

Brussels, EC Edit

  • European Academy of Alchemy

Czech Republic Edit

  • Charles University/University of Prague (Prague)

France Edit

  • Cannes Institute (Cannes)
  • Sorbonne University (Paris)
  • University of Lyon (Lyon)

Greece Edit

  • University of Athens (Athens)

Italian Confederation Edit

  • Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Serenissima)
  • St. Eugenio Seminary (Rome, Papal States)

Scandinavian Union Edit

  • Stockholm University (Stockholm)
  • Uppsala University (Uppsala)
  • University of Oslo (Oslo)

Spain Edit

  • Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid)
  • Islamic University of Cordoba (Cordoba)
  • Loyola University Sevilla (Sevilla)

Tír na nÓg Edit

  • University College Dublin (Dublin)
  • University of Galway (Galway)

United Kingdom Edit

  • Cambridge University (Cambridge)
  • Oxford Royal College of Magicians (Oxford)
  • University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh)

North America Edit

Aztlan Edit

  • San Diego State University (San Diego)
  • University of Azatlán (Tenochtitlán)

CAS Edit

  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
  • Texas A&M&M (College Station, TX)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  • Georgia
  • Emory University (Decatur)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  • University of Atlanta (Atlanta)

CFS Edit

  • People's University of Berkeley (Berkeley, CFS)

NAN Edit

  • Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, AMC)
  • University of Cheyenne (Cheyenne, Sioux Nation)
  • Pueblo Corporate Council
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena)
  • Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) (Defunct)

Québec Edit

  • L’Institut Thaumaturgique de Québec (Québec City)
  • McGill University (Montreal)
  • Université Laval (Québec City)


  • Booth University College (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Columbia University (Manhattan)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, FDC)
  • Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Massachusetts
  • Boston University (Boston) (Under Quarantine)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge) (Under Quarantine)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Magic (Cambridge) (Under Quarantine)
  • Northeastern University (Boston) (Under Quarantine)
  • Seattle
  • Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington

Tír Tairngire Edit

  • University of Tír Tairngire (Eugene/Serentaneyo)

South America Edit

Amazonia Edit

  • University of São Paulo (Metropole, Amazonia)