California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Consciousness and Transformation

Asian Philosophies and Cultures


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Asian Philosophies and Cultures

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This program includes four possible areas of emphasis: Buddhist Studies, Chinese Studies, Hindu Religion and Philosophy, or Comparative Studies. Within each emphasis, you explore sacred texts and the writings, practices, and disciplines that place them in historical and sociocultural contexts. The faculty’s expertise brings out the deeper meanings of source texts in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Classical Chinese. The program recognizes that spiritual practice strengthens the quality of your scholarship. The program’s San Francisco Bay Area location provides you with ready access to leading teachers and practitioners in Asian traditions. Research resources include the CIIS Laurence S. Rockefeller Library and the UC Berkeley’s renowned South Asian collection. PhD graduates are university faculty and administrators, and authors and activists in the U.S. and Asia. MA graduates pursue careers as scholars, authors, organizational consultants, and social/political activists. Through advanced study of major Eastern religious and philosophical traditions, students encounter world traditions and cultivate an integrative understanding of the personal and the social, the intellectual and the spiritual, the historical, and the contemporary. CIIS founder Haridas Chaudhuri arrived in the United States at a time when the “Global Village” was still imminent. A visionary, Dr. Chaudhuri believed that education was the best vehicle for informing the new culture that would evolve. Dr. Chaudhuri, as a philosopher and student of the 20th century Indian spiritual master Sri Aurobindo, ceaselessly promoted in teaching and writing the full integration of the human being-the intellect, emotions, personality, and the spirit-to achieve the wholeness of which we are each capable. The CIIS commitment to integral education, therefore, challenges students to deepen their own perspectives on the self and the world through inquiry, research, reflection, and experiential learning.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: MA -36 units; PhD-36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1162 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 19801 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 19801 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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