The Asian and Comparative Studies programs attract students from diverse backgrounds who pursue a curriculum that engages classical subjects as well as fresh perspectives on spiritual philosophies and traditions.
Unlike traditional psychology programs, we do not limit our study to readily measurable thoughts and behaviors. All students in our program learn to integrate psychotherapy and spirituality in their clinical practice. Conferring the PsyD degree.
The opportunities in public and community mental health are enormous, and the need for excellent therapists is great. CIIS has stepped boldly into this reality by creating the Community Mental Health (CMH) program.
The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only a few master's programs in the field both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful such programs in the world.
The East-West Psychology (EWP) department is a multidisciplinary department concerned with the meeting of Eastern, Western, and indigenous psychological and spiritual traditions. Offering both an MA and PhD track.
Through the Program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master’s and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in generating and responding to the global ecological crises.
The MA program in Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) was established in 1996 on the strong foundation of the prior certificate program. Since that time, the EXA program has offered students the opportunity to develop expressive arts skills across a range of media, to gain proficiency in the theories and practices of counseling and psychotherapy.
The PhD program in Human Sexuality at CIIS is unique in providing doctoral concentrations in human sexuality and clinical practice, and in sexual policy studies. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates an interdisciplinary environment that expands holistic knowledge and skills for both groups.
ICP was the first East-West, transpersonal psychology graduate program in the world. Transpersonal psychology is a framework in which Western schools of psychology are synthesized with the world's spiritual traditions.
Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes–and sometimes revolutionizes–culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice.Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artist, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions.
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.
The primary focus 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 Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women.