Transformative Leadership Program Format
The 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.
MA in Transformative Leadership-36 units
I. Required Courses-27 units
1st Semester (fall)
TLD 6125 Introduction to Leadership: Models, Maps, and Metaphors
TLD 6130 Ways of Relating: Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
TLD 6300 Ways of Knowing: Systems and Metaphors
TLD 7996 Integrative Seminar I
2nd Semester (spring)
TLD 6145 Leadership, Pluralism, and Creativity: Diversity in Action
TLD 6325 The Leadership Experience: Understanding the Will to Lead
TLD 7997 Integrative Seminar II
3rd Semester (fall)
TLD 6349 Creating Communities and Coalitions
TLD 6635 Transformative Leadership: Leading Ourselves among Others
TLD 7998 Integrative Seminar III
4th semester (spring)
TLD 6555 Residential Intensive (required in person, before every semester begins)
TLD 7999 Capstone: Action Project
II. Electives-9 units
Electives may be taken from both the Transformative Leadership and Transformative Studies programs. Possible electives may include the following:
TLD 5200 Creativity and Personal Transformation
TLD 6012 Women's Leadership in Action
TLD 6017 Scholars' Toolkit
TLD 6775 Power and Influence
TSD 6778 Spiritual Entrepreneurship: Reexamining Our Approaches to Money, Spirituality, and Economics
TSD 7030 Buddhist Activism and Social Change
TSD 7031 Life Balance and Stress Management
TLD 7042 Partnership in Action
TLD 7562 The Power of Partnership
TLD 7585 Spirit, Compassion, and Community Activism
TSD 8132 Understanding New Religions and Spiritual Movements
TSD 8133 Contemporary Spiritual Leaders
TSD 8134 Authority and Leadership in Spiritual Communities
Focus on Partnership Studies
Students 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:
LD 7562 The Power of Partnership (3 units)
Nine units chosen in consultation with student’s advisor, and articulation and application of the partnership model in the Capstone Project.