This hybrid program (partially in-person and online) consists of two years of coursework (36 units), comprehensive exams, and a dissertation (5-6 year estimated completion). All students must attend three Academic Residencies (3 days of in-person coursework) per semester for two years.
The focus in Year 1 is to build the cohort experience, lay down an intersectional foundation of knowledge including concepts, theory, and methodology. The first year aims to advance student scholarship through critical thinking, creativity, and self-reflection.
The focus in Year 2 is to allow for more focus as students continue to refine their research question, learn more about methodology and theory, and begin their internship. The internship allows students to apply their scholarship and advocacy at an organization or clinic of their choice.
First Year Coursework
Introduction to Human Sexuality (3 units)
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (3 units)
Sexual Theory and Intersectionality (3 units)
Sexual Function and Practices (3 units)
Problems and Professional Issues in Sexuality (3 units)
Sex Therapy Professional Skills* (4 units)
Second Year Coursework
Methodology I (3 units)
Methodology II (3 units)
Gender and Queer Theory (3 units)
Sex, Love and Intimate Relationships (3 units)
Sexual, Gender and Reproductive Rights (3 units)
Sex Therapy Clinical Skills Lab* (2 units)
Sex Education and Learning Theory* (4 units)
Comprehensive Exams (0 units)
Dissertation (0 units)
* Elective course. Students take at least 6 credits in electives from among these options or from other CIIS departments.
Please go to the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS page to see the course details.
Academic Residency Dates for 2018-2019
New Student Orientation, September 6
November 30-December 1
Academic Residency Dates for 2019-2020
New Student Orientation, September 5