ASIAN AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES

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Apply to the Asian and Comparative Studies PhD

The Asian and Comparative Studies program offers both an MA and PhD. See below for application requirements for each degree program.

Master of Arts, Philosophy and Religion

Master's degree applicants are asked to furnish a sample of previous work (an outstanding essay or article, for example). Strong preference is given to those with a BA in philosophy or religion.

Applicants with a BA in the humanities or in social science or with a science or professional degree are also encouraged to apply. Information regarding the student's own involvement in the practice of any of the traditions offered for study is welcomed by the Admissions Committee as evidence of practical involvement in the field. Evaluation is conducted without regard to religious affiliation.

Our connections in the Bay Area bring students in contact with leading practitioners in these traditions, guest speakers and special colloquia. Research resources include the CIIS Laurance S. Rockefeller Library and the University of California, Berkeley's South Asian Collection.

Our graduates typically pursue fulfilling careers as scholars, authors, organizational consultants and social/political activists.

Admission Requirements

1. Application for Admission

2. Non-refundable $65 Application Fee

3. Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

5. Goal Statement. A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.

6. Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of eight to ten pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates graduate level writing abilities. A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations. You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.

7. Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

NOTE: For International students there are additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional information.

Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.

For questions about admissions to the Asian and Comparative Studies MA program, please contact:

Ellen Durst
(415) 575-6153
edurst@ciis.edu

Doctor of Philosophy and Religion

For the PhD program, preference is for students with an MA in religion, philosophy, anthropology, or appropriate area studies. Master's degrees in Asian literatures or comparative literature are also encouraged.

Students, however, are accepted from a wide variety of backgrounds other than those listed above, and if accepted, they may be required to take additional units at CIIS.

Our connections in the Bay Area bring doctoral candidates in contact with leading practitioners in these traditions; CIIS also sponsors guest speakers and special colloquia. Research resources include the CIIS Laurence S. Rockefeller Library and the University of California, Berkeley's South Asian collection. Our PhD graduates are university faculty and administrators, authors, and activists in the U.S. and Asia.

Admission Requirements


1. Application for Admission

2. Non-refundable $65 Application Fee

3. Degree Requirement: A master's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

4. Transcripts: official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

6. Goal Statement. A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement. The statement of educational goals should describe the applicant's academic objectives as specifically as possible, including your proposed area of study for dissertation research, and which of the program's resources will be most helpful in meeting those objectives. It should also explain why the applicant is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy and religion, and should indicate how her or his own growth will be advanced through a commitment to sustained academic work.

7. Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of eight-to-ten pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates graduate level writing abilities. A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations. You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.

8. Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively.

NOTE: For International students there are additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional information.

Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.

For questions about admissions to the Asian and Comparative Studies PhD program, please contact:

Ellen Durst
(415) 575-6153
edurst@ciis.edu