About the Program
Preparing students to be thought leaders in human sexuality
Our program brings students from interdisciplinary fields to a dynamic learning environment that expands both holistic sexual literacy knowledge and the skills that create individual and societal change.
Drawing on gender studies, critical theory, sex therapy, public health, education, sexology, queer theory, anthropology, feminist criticism, and public policy, students learn critical content knowledge, research and analysis skills, as well as interventions to support social and sexual justice initiatives. Our program aims to create and support individual, group, and societal change from a holistic and integrated perspective.
Students in the program are professionals who are interested in studying varying aspects of sexualities from the lenses of desire, intimacy, identity, gender, cultural influences, power and stigma, sexual response and reproduction. Applicants need to have completed a master's degree from an accredited institution in the US or equivalent international degree.
Our program includes two years of coursework, followed by comprehensive exams, and dissertation research and writing. The program may be completed in 4–10 years. The first two years of coursework are completed in an online hybrid format. Students will travel to CIIS for three long weekends each semester for intensive class time. The balance of the semester's course work is completed asynchronously online, using CIIS's online learning platform, Canvas.
After completing this program students may go into careers in: academia, activism, advocacy, arts, assessment, clinical psychology, diversity and inclusion, gerontology, health communications, policy, public health, research, sexuality education, sex therapy, youth outreach.