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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:

January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 15th for guaranteed review.
​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd Priority Deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST. Some programs are now full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology.
April 15, 2020 - 3rd Priority Deadline: Submit by April 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology. We also expect the Expressive Arts Therapy program and Clinical Psychology program to fill shortly.

Spiritual Transformation and Academic Excellence

In today's diverse and interrelated world, the Asian Philosophies and Cultures program combines both classical and modern approaches to the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions while addressing contemporary social issues. A distinctive and progressive academic model, it is based on the principle that spiritual transformation contributes to academic excellence.

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Within an integrative framework, students in this program can choose to study Hinduism, Buddhism, or Chinese philosophy. You will examine sacred texts, writings, and historical contexts. You will explore cross-cultural hermeneutics, traditional religious practices and disciplines, Asian attitudes towards well-being, and Asian philosophical perspectives on ecology.

The MA program and PhD program will support you in acquiring knowledge in a broad array of Asian cultural and philosophical contexts. Plus, there is a special scholarship fund that can provide financial assistance for qualified applicants within the program.


Meet our faculty

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures faculty are caring experts in their fields. In this program, students attend classes, special events, and free guest lectures presented by world-renowned visiting scholars. Students are mentored in envisioning creative applications for interdisciplinary research and teaching of Asian Philosophies and Cultures in non-profit, business, and academic settings.

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Be part of our community

In our program, you will find a scholarly and spiritually supportive academic environment. Our students are encouraged to explore their personal spiritual growth, maintain their overall well-being, and pursue their intellectual interests. Our community is comprised of students and faculty who are dedicated to their academic goals and to making a difference in this world.

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