Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

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Apply to the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Program

The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Program offers both an MA and PhD.


MA Program

Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. ESR Master's students are motivated by their deep concern for the state of the Earth and their determination to find healing solutions for the future. Prospective students should be committed to examining ecological issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, and to an appreciation of diverse perspectives.  Applicants with a variety of backgrounds will be considered, provided the applicant possesses demonstrated interest in the subject matter of the concentration, and strong writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills developed during undergraduate study at an accredited institution The application materials required are an autobiography, a statement of goals (ideally several pages), a writing sample, and transcripts.

Admission Requirements

  • Admissions Application
  • Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
  • Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
  • Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.
  • 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.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation:Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
  • 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.

Please note: International students have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for details.


PhD Program

Doctoral students wishing to specialize in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion should possess a master's degree in a discipline relevant to the program (e.g. religion, ecology, environmental studies, biology, anthropology, environmental history, geography, literature, philosophy) from an accredited graduate institution.  Applicants to the doctoral program should identify two core faculty members whose expertise closely matches the student's proposed course of study and research project.  Doctoral applicants should demonstrate research preparation suggestive of their motivation to completing a doctoral dissertation.

Admission Requirements

  • Admissions Application
  • Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
  • Degree Requirement: A master's degree in a discipline releveant to the program from an accrediated grduate insitutation.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
  • Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.
  • 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.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
  • 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.

Please note: International students have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for details.


Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information. If you have any additional questions about admissions to the program, please contact our admissions counselor:

David Townes
415-575-6152
dtownes@ciis.edu