MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

California Institute of Integral Studies

Program Description

MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

California Institute of Integral Studies

MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

"I change myself, I change the world." -Gloria E. Anzaldua

The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. We are unique among academic programs that study women and gender in that we take seriously the realm of spirit. We bring current scholarship emerging from the fields of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, and related fields into dialogue with scholarship that addresses religion, spirituality, ecology, and healing. Graduates will develop skills that will enable them to either continue in doctoral work or craft careers in the non-profit sector, higher education, or socially conscious entrepreneurship.

Distance Learning Program

The Women's Spirituality Program recognizes that many qualified prospective students who might wish to earn a graduate degree cannot uproot from their homes and jobs to move to San Francisco. To support people in that situation, we offer our semi-distance learning option. This option is called "semi-distance" because students can live outside the Bay Area and still complete the MA in WGS or PhD in WSE by taking a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

Students opting for Distance Learning must complete a minimum of 19 units face-to-face and a maximum of 17 units online to complete their degree.

Apply to the Women’s Spirituality MA Program

The Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice master's degree is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates a number of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute and demonstrate the potential to be successful in this academically rigorous program.

Successful candidates for admission into this MA program typically have the following qualifications:

  • A vision that is compatible with the program's mission
  • A commitment to personal and social transformation
  • An ability to think critically and creatively
  • Respect for a diversity of viewpoints
  • Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
  • Scholarly writing skills
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 9, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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CIIS Women's Spirituality Alum Marisa Manriquez