MA and PhD in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice
"I change myself, I change the world." -Gloria E. Anzaldua
Founded in 1992 by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, the Women's Spirituality program offers an interdisciplinary, multicultural, decolonial feminist approach to the study of spirituality and religion. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, religion, and related fields. We are the first Ph.D. granting graduate program in the United States to integrate a study of the sacred feminine with an examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues.
Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. We join with those who seek to end the exploitation of marginalized social groups and address the suffering of the Earth and its many species.
About the Program
The Women's Spirituality MA is a two-year program with courses offered weekdays during Fall and Spring semesters. The PhD is a two-year program that includes coursework followed by comprehensive exams, proposal, and dissertation.
We currently offer two degrees:
MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice
PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality
We also offer an accelerated MA degree option through our Bachelor's Completion program, and an accelerated PhD program.
Our alumni go on to work in diverse fields, from higher education and media production to spiritual leadership and community activism.
About the School
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California.