Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at CIIS is a part-time online doctoral program that consists of 36.2-37.5 units of coursework plus a dissertation.

Students are required to attend five-day residential intensives each fall and spring. The remainder of coursework is completed online.

The course of study consists of core requirements, research courses, an area of focus (12 units) that includes advanced seminars, two comprehensive exams, and a dissertation written using original research.

With advisor approval, admitted students may elect to add a second focus area to their program, thereby extending their course of study for an additional year.

Course of Study

Semester 1 (6 units)

ITP 7235 Origins of Transpersonal Psychology (3 units)
ITP 7188 Scholarship Writing and ITP (2 units)
ITP 7231 Integral Psychology (1 unit)

Semester 2 (6 units)

ITP 7222 Foundations of Research (2 units)
ITP 7186 Critical Thinking with Integral & Transpersonal Psychologies (3 units)
ITP 7890 Integrative Seminar (1 unit)

Required, self-directed, online exam in General Psychology for students who do not enter with psychology degree or courses of study. Students with psychology degree or course of study may request exemption. Due by the start of Semester 3.

Semester 3 (6 units)

ITP 7201 Qualitative Research Methods (2 units)
Elective (3 units, ITP, EWP, or other department, by approval)
ITP 7885 Advanced Topics: Contemporary Issues in Integral Transpersonal Psychology (1 unit)

Semester 4 (6 units)

ITP 7232 Transpersonal Inquiry (2 units).
Elective (3 units, ITP, EWP, or other department, by approval)
ITP 7895 Mentorship (1 unit)

Written Comprehensive Exam is completed between semesters 4 and 5 and due at the start of semester 5.

Semester 5 (6 units)

ITP 7234 Integral/Transpersonal Pedagogy/Oral Exam (3 units)
Elective (3 units, ITP, EWP, or other department, by approval)

Semester 6 (6 units)

ITP 6898 Proposal Development (3 units)
Elective (3 units, ITP, EWP, or other department, by approval)

Semester 7 and beyond

ITP 9800 Dissertation Proposal (up to three semesters) (0.1 unit)
ITP 9900 Dissertation Seminar (0.1 unit)

Residential Intensives also required (0 units):

ITP 7001     Residential Intensive I                                                               
ITP 7002     Residential Intensive II                                                              
ITP 7003     Residential Intensive III
ITP 7004     Residential Intensive IV                                                             
ITP 7005     Residential Intensive V
ITP 7006        Residential Intensive VI

Curriculum Highlights 

ITP 7184 Western/World Philosophies with History and Systems of Psychology (3 units)
This course is designed to situate the fields of integral and transpersonal psychologies in global and historical context. The student will be invited to consider how the history and systems of psychology have been shaped by the context of Western philosophy. The course will pose the question of how psychology might be transformed in the context of other world philosophies, such as Advaita Vedanta, integral yoga, Buddhism, shamanism, and integrative western philosophies that attempt to reflect values of interconnectedness. The course also introduces embodiment practices for use in the scholarly context.

ITP 7186 Critical Thinking with Integral/Transpersonal Psychologies (3 units)
This course offers tools and processes of critical thinking in the context of an overview of integral and transpersonal approaches to psychology. Major concepts and theorists as well as developments of the transpersonal field will be considered. The student will have opportunity to learn and practice both intellectual discrimination and intuitive discernment in thinking about whole-person approaches to psychology.

ITP 7197 Integral Research Methods with Creative Expression (3 units)
This course examines research methods that draw together various strategies in the context of creative-expression approaches to psychology. Integral methods include approaches such as grounded theory, mixed methods, theoretical research, and somatic phenomenology; further, creative expression considers artistic expressive activity as meaningful participation in the healing and revealing processes of transformation. The student will have the opportunity to consider potentials for creative applications of integral research approaches through examining research in creative expression approaches to psychology.

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