Program Overview

The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) offers an online PhD Transformative Studies program. While in this program, students should aim to develop knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in leading-edge issues. The curriculum combines scholarship, creativity and self-inquiry. The curriculum prides itself on being transdisciplinary, meta-paradigmatic, inquiry driven, participatory and collaborative.

The California Institute of Integral Studies requires 36-credit hours in order to complete this program. Some of the courses involve Introduction to Transformative Studies, Varieties of Scholarly Experience, and The Ecology of Ideas. In addition to core courses and electives, students will also need to complete a dissertation. This will involve two exams: Dissertation Literature Review and Dissertation Research Methodology, both of which are worth 3 credit hours.

Students will develop the following:
• Be able to make an original transdisciplinay research contribution
• Be able to engage in a creative and collaborative manner in inquiry in the presence of other learners
• Be able to engage inquiry as an integral, spiritual and transformative process of personal and social transformation
• Be able to apply research to real world problems and be competent in using theories in practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    With a vision of “intercultural understanding,” the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) evolved in San Francisco in 1968 as an increasing number of students desired to learn from the founder, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. The private, not-for-profit institute emphasizes integral studies, merging Eastern and Western values, and teaches from a global perspective. The Institute awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. CIIS encourages distance learners to participate in online degrees or enroll in individual online courses. Online degree programs include the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and the PhD in Transformative Studies. Both online degree programs require two face-to-face meetings per year, one in August and another in January. Individual online classes may be completed for audit or credit purposes.


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