The Human Sexuality PhD program is the only accredited program of its kind on the West Coast. It offers coursework and mentorship to support student teaching, research, publication, policy projects and creative endeavors. As an interdisciplinary program in critical sexuality studies, it draws on queer theory, intersectionality, feminism, history, philosophy, biology, social sciences, and clinical and policy studies to foster scholars who:

  • Shape the interprofessional dialogue on sexuality among researchers, clinical practitioners, policy leaders, educators and communities of practice;
  • Engage research, clinical, educational and policy arenas through the application of their coursework, proseminars, and optional AASECT certification;
  • Expand their holistic sexual literacy knowledge to impact individual and societal change initiatives.

This online hybrid program consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation (four to six years estimated completion). Classes meet over three-day weekends in required academic residencies three times each semester, with the balance of coursework completed asynchronously online.

After completing this program students may go into careers in:

Academia | Activism | Advocacy | Arts | Assessment | Clinical Psychology | Diversity & Inclusion | Gerontology | Health Communications | Higher Education | Policy | Public Health | Research | Sexuality Education | Sex Therapy | Youth Outreach

Questions about Admissions or the Human Sexuality program?

Admissions Counselor: Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155 |

Program Coordinator: Makayla Elkin
(415) 655-5581 |

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