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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Programmes

This school also offers:

MA

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. [+]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and Ph.D. Programs

The Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activist anthropology.

We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. This collective effort of understanding "real utopias" takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of existing alternatives in the present.

Together with the activists of the World Social Forum, we believe that "another world is possible." The role of the new social movements, we are reminded, is not to conquer the world, but to make it anew. What, then, is the role and responsibility of anthropology and other social sciences? In a world riddled with so many crises, few things appear to be more relevant than systematic research of counter-hegemonic knowledge and practices. Social scientists should leave pessimism for better times. Anthropology, in particular, is well equipped to participate in the "nowtopian" task of constructing social scientific knowledge that looks beyond inequality, hierarchy, and ecological disaster.... [-]


Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world 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 is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. In keeping with this commitment, the program brings together both traditional and contemporary approaches to classical Asian material and, within an integrative framework, brings these approaches to bear on issues of contemporary relevance.

Such issues include but are not limited to Asian religions and conflict, Asian philosophical perspectives and ecology, traditional Asian practices of mindfulness and well-being, and cross-cultural hermeneutics.... [-]


East-West Psychology MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and 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 offers three-degree programs:

Ph.D. in East-West Psychology Master of Arts in East-West Psychology Advanced Certificate in East-West Spiritual Counseling

East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and 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. Through its unique combination of cognitive, collaborative, and experiential offerings, the department grounds academic excellence and the acquisition of professional skills in both the personal transformation of students and the cultivation of a spiritually informed scholarship. Our graduates deliver their skills to a world yearning for new sources of meaning and enchantment rooted in deep psychologies and ancient traditions.... [-]


Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs

The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis.

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time.

One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself.... [-]


MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

Campus or Online Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

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. [+]

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.... [-]


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

Campus Full time 2 - 3  January 2018 USA San Francisco

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 Counseling Psychology Master's Program PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This 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 will meet and stretch you 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  September 2018 USA San Francisco

The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that 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 concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy.

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.

After completing the program and other Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) requirements for licensure, graduates are prepared to do counseling psychology in both private practice and agency settings.... [-]


Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD Programme

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 Program VOICE AND VISION

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.

PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world.

The program supports those called to meet the Earth community's unprecedented evolutionary challenge by offering students a rigorous and supportive learning community in which to find their voice and vision as leaders.... [-]


Master

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

Campus Full time 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. [+]

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. Our graduates are proactively involved in public policy, community organizing, defending the rights of underserved groups, and public health.

About the Program

This 3-year program includes five in-person weekend sessions per semester, and takes place in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. ... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Drama Therapy

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three 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. [+]

MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy

Freedom and possibility are two key words that begin to describe the essence of drama therapy. Life is finite; there are only so many experiences we can have. But in drama, the opportunities and options are endless, enabling us to dive more deeply into the richness of life. And when the dramas are authentic and "real," they have the power to affect, and even alter, our real lives profoundly. For the past thirty years, we have been investigating how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work overtime to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential.

-Renée Emunah, Program Founder/Director... [-]


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

Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of art modalities in the service of human growth, development, and healing. [+]

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

The Expressive Arts Therapy Program is still accepting applications for Fall, 2015!

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of art modalities in the service of human growth, development, and healing. It takes a multi-arts or multimodal approach, integrating painting, drawing, sculpture, dance/movement, music, drama, ritual, poetry, and prose within therapeutic encounters.

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 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)

Welcome to the MFA Programs at CIIS!

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. In our two year, 48-unit intensives you will complete one or more of the following:

a book-length manuscript or chapbook. an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance. a visual arts exhibition in our street level main gallery. a social justice/community art project.

We offer:

Intimate class sizes. Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty. A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults. Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making. Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene. ... [-]

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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