Semi-Distance Program

Women's Spirituality Semi-Distance Program

We recognize that many qualified prospective students who might wish to earn a graduate degree cannot uproot from their homes and jobs to move to San Francisco. To support people in that situation, we offer our semi-distance option.

This option is called "semi-distance" because students can live at a distance and still complete the MA or PhD degrees by taking a combination of online and residential courses (including weekend courses, Independent Study courses, and WS Intensive courses). Students may take up to 17 units of the required 36 units online to complete their degree. The rest of the required units must be taken at the California Institute of Integral Studies in face-to-face courses.

Courses are delivered in flexible formats that include weekday, weekend, evening, and online courses. We offer a special nine-day intensive series of courses designed for the convenience of semi-distance students but are open to all students. In addition, students may bring in up to 6 units of Independent Study courses, including those taken as Women's Spiritualities Journeys with WSE core and adjunct faculty. They may also bring in 6 units of courses taken at another accredited graduate university.