California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Consciousness and Transformation

Transformative Studies


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Transformative Studies

Format: Online

Program Description:

The goal of the doctoral program in Transformative Studies is to develop thought-leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.

The program encourages students to pursue research topics they are passionate about and supports participation in the scholarly discourse through publication. It views academic inquiry as an opportunity for personal and social transformation, grounding transformative processes in academic depth, rigor, and imagination.

Participants in the Transformative Studies program will:

  • Make an original transdisciplinary research contribution in a chosen area of inquiry
  • Engage in inquiry as a creative and transformative process in the context of a community of learners
  • Apply research to real-world problems, putting theory into practice.

The program is offered in an online format. Students work in the online environment of the CIIS virtual classroom, and meet twice a year with faculty and fellow students for five- to seven-day residential intensives in the Bay Area. The program includes two years of coursework, plus dissertation. 


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 semester units

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1346 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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