About MA Program

About the MA in Women’s Spirituality

Women's Spirituality MA

In the master's program you can choose from one of the three areas of emphasis: Women and World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing.  Through evening and weekend classes, online courses, and a semi-distance option, the prgram offers a flexible format that allows you to integrate your studies with your professional and/or family life.

The MA program:

  • Offers you a highly multicultural and multi-religious perspective on the divine feminine, women's spiritual practices, and global social change
  • Supports you on an academic journey of spiritual and intellectual growth so that you can become an agent of social, cultural, and ecological transformation
  • Provides you with opportunites for community activism, artistic expression, and leadership

Curricular Overview

The master's curriculum consists of 36 units (the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study).

I. Core requirements - 10 units (11 unites for semi-distance students)

PARW 6500:  Contemporary Women's Spirituality 
PARW 6027:  Foundational Elements of Academic Research and Writing
PARW 6047:  Crtitical Thinking and Introduction to Methods
Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing - any 3 units from WS Curriculum
PARW 7609:  Womanist-Feminist Worldviews
PARW 7585:  Spirit, Compassion, and Community Activism
PARW 6286:  Building Conscious Allyship (1 unit required elective for semi-distance students only)

II. Philosophy and Religion Courses - 6 units

Select 3 units from each of these areas:

Asian and Comparative Studies 
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

III. Women's Spirituality Areas of Emphasis - 3 units

3 units from within one of these areas:

Women and World Religions
Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism
Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing

IV. Electives - 11 units

Residential students: select ANY 11 units from CIIS or WSE curriculum

Semi-distance students: select ANY 10 units from CIIS or WSE curriculum

V. Culminating Coursework - 3 units

Students choose to focus on an advanced research paper or a portfolio in the MA Integrative Seminar

If relevant, students may be required to take additional courses to enhance and support their academic writing skills.

Community Service

MA students are required to complete 60 hours of community-based service learning with a community organization, in conjunction with the Spirit, Compassion, and Community Activism course. Though this course is offered for 1 to 3 units, WSE students are only quired to take this course for 1 unit. Students wishing to take it for more than 1 unit must obtain the approval of their advisor.

Length of Study

The master's curriculum consists of 36 units, the equivalent of two years of full-time study. MA students who choose to write an (optional) MA thesis require at least one additional semester in order to complete their studies. However, full-time enrollment is not required by the program, and many students who work or who have other commitments choose to enroll part-time. Most of these students will finish their MA degree within three years.