California Institute of Integral Studies

Introduction

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California.

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At CIIS, you engage in issues vital to you, to today's world, and to your personal growth, exploring the deep connections that unite them. You study in innovative academic programs at the undergraduate or graduate level and encounter a lively and diverse community of learners that honors multiple ways of teaching, learning, and knowing. Here you find the knowledge and experience you need for the life and career you want.

At the university, you can choose from 25 different academic programs and:

  • Pursue a one-of-a-kind course of study that offers you expansive ways of looking at the world in an academically rigorous setting
  • Build your capacity as a healer, change-maker, scholars, and community leader
  • Explore traditions of knowledge from many cultures and viewpoints, while experiencing some of the most forward-looking visions of the future
  • Connect with internationally recognized faculty who are committed to your education
  • Train with experienced clinicians at one of our award-winning counseling psychology or acupuncture centers
  • Create practicums or capstone projects that immerse you in collaborations with the communities you study
  • Enjoy lectures, concerts, art exhibits, and performances
    • CIIS is a private, non-profit university, accredited since 1981 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC). We offer federal financial aid and scholarships. sth
      CIIS offers 25 academic programs, organized within four schools.

School of Professional Psychology and Health:

Clinical Psychology, PsyD


Counseling Psychology, M.A. with concentrations in:

  • Community Mental Health

<li> Drama Therapy</li> <li> Expressive Arts Therapy</li> <li> Integral Counseling</li> <li> Somatic Psychology</li>

Human Sexuality, Ph.D.


Integrative Health Studies, M.A.

School of Consciousness and Transformation:

Doctor of Philosophy programs:

  • Anthropology and Social Change
  • East-West Psychology
  • Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
Philosophy & Religion with concentrations in:
  • Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
  • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
  • Women's Spirituality
  • Transformative Studies
Master of Arts programs:
  • Anthropology and Social Change
  • East-West Psychology, With a certificate in Spiritual Counseling
  • Philosophy & Religion with concentrations in:
  • Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
  • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
  • Transformative Leadership
  • Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice
Master of Fine Arts programs:
  • Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Theatre-Performance Making
  • Writing and Consciousness

ACTCM at CIIS

  • Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)
  • First Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)
  • Post Graduate Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

School of Undergraduate Studies:

Bachelor's Degree Completion:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.
  • Minor in Critical Psychology offered
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our graduate program emphasizes research, activist scholarship, and social change. [+]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and Ph.D. Programs

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

MA and PhD students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process with the support of talented faculty. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.... [-]


Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies from the classical period through the present and into the future. [+]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and Ph.D. Programs

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program (APC) combines both classical and modern approaches to the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions while addressing contemporary social issues.

Our program is based on the principle that spiritual transformation contributes to academic excellence. Within an integrative framework, students can choose to study Hinduism, Buddhism, or Chinese philosophy. Students study sacred texts and writings in historical context; they also explore cross-cultural hermeneutics, traditional religious practices, and Asian philosophical perspectives on fundamental issues—from well being to the environment.... [-]


East-West Psychology MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program is a learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. [+]

East-West Psychology

The East-West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. EWP is an academic hub in which Western psychology and wisdom traditions from around the world come into conversation to create new knowledge.

EWP students acquire forward-looking professional skills that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Courses are cross-disciplinary and include academic inquiry of systems, spiritual traditions, and psychological teachings

EWP offers the following paths of study:

Ph.D. in East-West Psychology

Master of Arts in East-West Psychology

Accelerated Tracks: BA to MA or MA to PhD... [-]


Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability. ... [-]


MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

Online Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

Women’s Spirituality is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. [+]

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. ... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years January 2019 USA San Francisco

Our program considers psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding. [+]

Integral Counseling Psychology Master's Program

The Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program is experiential, culturally sensitive, and centered on the inner work necessary for becoming a healer.

Drawing upon the major spiritual traditions of the East and West, recent cultural and social sciences research, and the innovations made by contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic, and transpersonal psychologies, we view psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding.

Integral education is not "neck up." It is demanding on every level: body, heart, mind, spirit. We create a learning community that is both profoundly challenging and deeply supportive.... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology

The Somatic Psychology MA program at CIIS is one of only three accredited academic programs in the country that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy.

Students learn a counseling approach that combines traditional practice and understanding with attention to the crucial role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche. The curriculum includes body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy, the cultivation of body/psyche in a variety of non-Western modalities is also explored. Students participate in a vibrant academic community where learning includes both didactic and experiential practices leading to the ability to work with clients holistically and effectively. ... [-]


Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD Program

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. [+]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) PhD and MA programs aim to create the leadership necessary for profound, progressive, transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness. PCC is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas of Western intellectual and spiritual traditions, together with insights from Asian spiritual philosophies and indigenous worldviews, the PCC faculty has constructed a multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate each student's journey into his or her particular leadership role.... [-]


Master

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Community Mental Health

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program trains masters-level clinicians in the specialized skills necessary to work as mental health providers in public and community mental health settings. [+]

Community Mental Health Master's Program

CIIS's Community Mental Health program trains students to become licensed psychotherapists and leaders in empowering disenfranchised communities. Our graduates are a driving force in meeting the needs of and creating change for populations who have been underserved and overlooked by traditional counseling services.

Our students learn to address systemic issues within a patient's community and surroundings that affect mental health. Many of our graduates are proactively involved in public policy, community organizing, defending the rights of underserved groups, and public health.

About the Program

This 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling psychology, cultural competence, and a public sector practicum. ... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Drama Therapy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program integrates experiential, didactic, and clinical courses to train students to become personally and culturally aware, attuned, and competent drama therapists and psychotherapists. [+]

MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy

For over 30 years, the CIIS Drama Therapy program has been exploring how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential. Our program integrates experiential, didactic, and clinical courses in a carefully paced and sequenced curriculum, to train students to become personally and culturally aware, attuned, and competent drama therapists and psychotherapists.

The Drama Therapy program is one of only several master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. Ours is the only program that offers a path to national licensure (LPCC). ... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program integrates a comprehensive education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

The Expressive Arts Therapy program uses the power of the arts as a tool for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice, and community engagement with the arts at the center. The program integrates a comprehensive education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology.

Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. [+]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

MFA IN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND WRITING (new format beginning Fall 2018)

The MFA at CIIS has been a vital part of San Francisco’s interdisciplinary arts community for more than 10 years. Our degree reflects that vibrancy, ingenuity, and imagination, making it an exceptional education for writers and artists.

Beginning in Fall 2018, we’re offering the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing. Although it will have a new format, our MFA program will continue to be grounded in what makes it work so well.

Writers and artists working in a wide variety of genres and forms will continue to be in conversation with one another, while also engaging across disciplines—in classes, workshops, and arts events—in a culture of inquiry that helps them further develop and better articulate their work.... [-]


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Contact

California Institute of Integral Studies

Address 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103
94103 San Francisco, California, USA
Website http://www.ciis.edu/
Phone +1 415-575-6100