COVID-19 Update from the Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 synchronous academic residency (AR) weekends for the Human Sexuality PhD Program will be held virtually via Zoom over these weekends: 9/11-13/2020 (9/10-13 for first-year PhD students only), 10/23-25/2020, and 12/4-6/2020. Zoom links for course meetings will be sent out a few days before each AR weekend to ensure security. Students are not required or expected to come to campus during the Fall 2020 semester. Our faculty and staff and the entire CIIS community deeply care about our students' wellbeing and are working hard to ensure that this temporary format puts student academic success first. We are looking forward to seeing you all virtually in September. Considering that this program is hybrid, all students are expected to work asynchronously online via our Canvas system starting on the first day of classes on August 27, 2020, and mandatorily attend all virtual ARs until the last day of classes on December 14, 2020. Questions? Reach out to Michelle Marzullo, Professor/Chair, at    

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. 

Questions about Admissions or the Human Sexuality program?

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

Program Coordinator: Margey DeCuir
(415) 655-5581 |

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