Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

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Applying to the PCC PhD and MA Programs

This program offers both a MA and a PhD.

MASTER OF ARTS, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

The PCC MA program seeks individuals who are drawn to the program's mission and goals, are open to multiple points of view, write well, and think critically.

Admissions decisions are based on past academic achievement, maturity, and motivation for educational and personal development.

The autobiographical statement should describe significant events in your life that have led to the decision to pursue admission to this program. The goal statement should articulate why you are interested in PCC in particular, and, if appropriate, how these interests relate to your long-term personal and professional aspirations.

PCC will consider applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, including the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, or professional degree programs.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM

Our students pursue a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary curriculum, taught by faculty who have established international reputations in such fields as cosmology, ecology and the evolution of consciousness.

Studying the historical intersections of ideas in philosophy, science and religion, our master's candidates engage with both historical lessons and emerging theories. This broad intellectual foundation prepares our graduates to articulate the evolutionary challenges in our own "hinge time" in history.

PCC inspires intense learning in many ways, from the annual retreat for students, faculty and alumni at Esalen Institute, to forums, symposia and conferences on such topics as The Cosmological Imagination.

Our MA alumni have forged careers in permaculture, capacity-building for environmental and social change organizations, teaching and sustainable business education.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Application for Admission

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 five to fifteen (typed, double-spaced) pages 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.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement.

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 please contact:

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

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Admission to the PhD Program

Scholars who seek intellectual engagement in such pioneering fields as social ecology and capacity-building for environmental change, describe our PCC program as the only place to pursue their goals.

Our uniquely interdisciplinary curriculum, taught by renowned faculty, stimulates both analysis and imagination. Studying the historical intersections of ideas in philosophy, science and religion, doctoral scholars prepare to teach, publish and take on activist roles in such areas as advocacy, sustainability, counseling and politics.

Our program fosters visionary thinking and passionate debate, beginning with our annual retreat at the renowned Esalen Institute.

Throughout the year forums, symposia and conferences complement PCC Podiums, where doctoral students who have finalized their dissertations make presentations. Ultimately we challenge students to develop the intellectual drive and personal initiative required to build a better world.

The PCC faculty directs dissertations in two specializations: Integral Ecology and Cosmology, and Archetypal and Consciousness Studies. Admission to the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness PhD program is increasingly selective.

PhD admission is independent of admission to the MA program; it requires a separate application. An applicant for the PhD must have done outstanding work at the MA level. In addition, the PhD applicant must do the following:

Identify at least one PCC core faculty member who would be appropriate to serve as a mentor in the PhD program and a second faculty member who would be able and willing to serve on the dissertation committee.

Show close familiarity with that faculty member's particular area of expertise.

Demonstrate the necessary preparation and motivation for specializing in that area (or areas), especially with respect to research leading to the dissertation.

Students admitted into the doctoral concentration who do not have an MA from CIIS in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness may be required to complete up to an additional 18 units of coursework (minus equivalencies) from the core section of the MA curriculum.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Application for Admission.

Non-refundable $65 Application Fee.

Degree Requirement: A master's degree (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.

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

Goal Statement: A two-to-four page statement of your educational and professional objectives and demonstrating familiarity and alignment with at least one core faculty member's area of expertise. Explain your motivation for specialization in this area.

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.

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.

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 please contact:

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