California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Consciousness and Transformation

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion, MA in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Through the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master's and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in understanding and responding to interconnected global ecological crises.

About the MA Program:

The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Master's program explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in the interconnected global ecological crises through 36 units of coursework.  The curriculum progression includes two introductory courses; coursework in religion, philosophy, spirituality, and ecological issues; a fieldwork practicum; electives; and a capstone experience.

About the PhD Program:

The PhD requires a minimum of 36 units of coursework, followed by two comprehensive exams, a dissertation proposal, and original research, culminating in a doctoral dissertation approved by a committee of three experts. Coursework for ESR doctoral students addresses religions and spiritualities; ecology and environmentalisms; cosmology; theory and method; the philosophy of religion; and transdisciplinary thinking. All doctoral students will take at least two courses in research theory and method.


CIIS is accredited by: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 748-9001 Fax: (510) 748-9797 Email:

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36 Credits

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 981 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 18270 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 18270 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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