Asian and Comparative Studies MA and PhD Programs
In today's multicultural and interrelated society, it is crucial that we find ways to foster knowledge of and respect for diverse worldviews of religion and culture. In our Master's and PhD programs, students choose one of four areas of emphasis: Buddhist Studies, Chinese Studies, Hindu Religion and Philosophy, or Comparative Studies.
The curriculum includes:
- Sacred texts and the writings, practices, and disciplines that support them
- Growth of historical and anthropological perspectives
- Development of skills in teaching, translation, and intercultural understanding
Through advanced study of major Eastern religious and philosophical traditions, you'll encounter world traditions and cultivate an intergrative understanding of the personal and the social, the intellectual and the spiritual, the historical and the contemporary. Our graduate program recognizes that your spiritual study and practice contribute to the academic rigor and the depth of your contextual understanding.
Our program's San Francisco Bay Area location offers students a resource-rich academic environment that includes distinguished guest lecturers, easy access to scholars and practitioners in Asian traditions, and CIIS public programs and workshops that feature topics such as Creativity in Tibetan Buddhism, Sanskrit Mantra, and Mindfulness Meditation. Research resources include the CIIS Laurence S. Rockefeller Library and UC Berkeley's renowned South Asian collection.
MA graduates pursue careers as scholars, authors, organizational consultants, and social/political activists. Our recent PhD graduates are university faculty and administrators, and authors and activists in the US and Asia.