Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality

Doctor of Spirituality


1120 1/2 Pine Street

Boulder, CO 80302

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Spirituality

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Fox Institute is the first university to offer a doctoral degree in spirituality. Why an SpD and not a PhD? Whereas mainstream schools study religion as an academic subject, FICS offers students the opportunity to dive into spirituality in an academic program that is both intellectually rigorous and grounded in embodied, creative, engaged spirituality.

Intellectual work is an important part of our approach to spiritual life. Therefore the Doctor of Spirituality program affords students with the opportunity to produce original academic work that furthers the Creation Spirituality paradigm as a part of a serious dialogue about human spirituality in a changing and imperiled world.

The Doctor of Spirituality requires six core classes and two concentration classes:


  • Introduction to Creation Spirituality
  • The Emerging New Cosmology
  • Deep Ecumenism: Interspirituality and the Wisdom Traditions
  • Mystics East and West


  • Readings on Creation Spirituality
  • Drawing Wisdom from the Well of the Sacred Texts

Plus, four electives

Plus a doctoral dissertation and defense:

Students can select dissertation topics that relate directly to the principles and paradigm of Creation Spirituality. The dissertation is primarily focused on original academic research that will also make an important contribution to the public knowledge of Creation Spirituality.

This research will also incorporate and assimilate other creative work, teaching, spiritual practices or projects that contribute to the understanding of the chosen research topic.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and expertise of the dissertation topic through a written dissertation, which must be approved by a dissertation committee and meets all the academic guidelines as specified. Completion of the Doctorate of Spirituality is contingent on a successful oral defense of the dissertation.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Theological seminary or other faith-related institution

Locale: Midsize City

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