COVID-19 Update from the Program

All Fall classes within the School of Consciousness and Transformation will be conducted virtually, via online platforms like Zoom and Canvas, to protect the health of our community and follow San Francisco public health mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With ESR faculty experienced in online teaching, we have created a robust online experience for Fall 2020: some synchronous meetings, but no marathon Zoom sessions. To provide maximum flexibility to students who may be affected by the pandemics of covid-19, racism and police brutality, and climate change, much of the work will be conducted asynchronously over Canvas, our online education platform. In addition to our curricular activities,community events, symposia, and other options will provide opportunities for the ESR community to connect.

It is our intention that our virtual classrooms and the ESR learning community continue to be a home-base for growth and connection. The situation for Spring is currently undecided. These measures are being undertaken by ESR and CIIS in response to state and local guidelines, San Francisco regulations, and a real concern to consider the health of all within our community, including those who may be especially vulnerable.

For more information, please contact ESR Program Coordinator Shmee Giarratana at

Accepting applications for Spring 2021. Fall 2021 applications open November 15, 2020.

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Application Deadline Information for Spring 2021:

October 15th, 2020 – 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2020 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.
November 15th, 2020 - Deadline. Submit by November 15th by 11:59pm PT. Some programs may already be full. Please contact your Admissions Counselor if you miss this deadline.

The Spring 2021 applications opened on September 15th, 2020 and November 15th, 2020 is the current deadline. Fall 2021 applications will open on November 15th, 2020.

Read more about our application requirements and apply today or join us at an  upcoming event

Climate change and biodiversity loss are among the greatest existential threats humanity has seen. Further, these ecological challenges represent a crisis of values and consciousness. Our program, which offers both an MA and a PhD, allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to these existential threats from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future.

Our unique curriculum explores worldviews and cultural heritages to help us understand and address ecological trauma. We further ask what roles spirituality, philosophy, and religion have both in generating and responding to ecological challenges.

Our program is a nurturing community engaged in revitalizing relationships to our earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. Our faculty include Elizabeth Allison, Robert McDermott, Jacob Sherman, and Brian Swimme, all of whom work to shape the global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability.

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Admissions Counselor: Richard Wormstall

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