Transformative Leadership Program Format
Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership
Program FormatThe TLD program is offered in an online format. Students work in the online environment of the CIIS virtual classroom. Each August and January, students and the faculty gather for an intensive at a retreat setting in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participation in the intensive is mandatory.
Units and Requirements for Graduation
Required Courses: 24 units
TLD 6125 Introduction to Leadership: Models, Maps, and Metaphors (3 units)
TLD 6130 Ways of Relating: Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3 units)
TLD 6145 Leadership, Pluralism, and Creativity: Diversity in Action (3 units)
TLD 6300 Ways of Knowing: Systems and Metaphors (3 units)
TLD 6325 The Leadership Experience: Understanding the Will to Lead (3 units)
TLD 6349 Creating Communities and Coalitions (3 units)
TLD 6635 Transformative Leadership: Leading Ourselves Among Others (3 units)
TLD 7999 Capstone: Action Project (3 units)
TLD 7996–8 Integrative Seminar (1 unit each, three semesters)
Electives: 9 (electives from both TLD and Transformative Studies)
Total units for the degree: 36
Focus on Partnership StudiesStudents in the TLD MA program can choose the focus on Partnership Studies. The focus is made up of three courses focusing on the application of the model and cultural transformation theory, developed by cultural historian and systems scientist Riane Eisler, to leadership and transformation.
This is an innovative program for those who are serious about making a difference in their lives, their organizations, and the world. Students work in a community of like-minded individuals, build a curriculum around their calling and passion, and develop skills to make their visions realities.
Students also can earn credit while interning with the Center for Partnership Studies or other change-making, nonprofit organizations.
This focus is ideal for those who enjoy being on the leading edge of social change movements and are looking to further develop and hone skills for meaningful employment and greater effectiveness in nonprofit, not-for-profit, and for-profit community-minded organizations.
Designed for people who lead full lives, it is offered in a flexible online format; students will learn how to bring greater partnership into their lives and community groups while being supported by CIIS faculty and a community of colearners in intensive seminars and a lively online environment.
Focus on Partnership Studies Courses: 9 units
In addition to the 24 required units for the MA in Transformative Leadership, the focus on Partnership Studies MA requires the following: