Program Overview

CIIS’ master’s in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges.

Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, our faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their leadership roles.

Students focusing on Integral Ecology will learn to address the ecological crisis in a way that integrates nature and culture, facts and values, science and spirituality. The curriculum supports scholar-activists committed to eco-social justice and the ideal of a flourishing Earth community.

Along with the standard weekly classes, the learning experience unfolds in a variety of settings and contexts, from the annual retreat for students, faculty, and alumni at Esalen Institute and the and community social gatherings at the start of each semester, to the regular forums, symposia, and program-sponsored conferences.

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

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Career Paths 

The master’s degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness prepares students to think critically and constructively about key philosophical challenges, questions, and issues of our time. As a transdisciplinary program, our graduates pursue a wide variety of philosophical, ecological, and humanitarian paths, projects, and vocations. Alumni of the program are actively involved in diverse professional areas, such as: 

  • Teaching and writing for a variety of audiences (e.g., public, academic, professional) 
  • Leading and facilitating programs for cultural, spiritual, and personal transformation
  • Crearting, producing, and developing new media and engaged arts projects
  • Reimagining and renewing a variety of professional fields (e.g., education, religion, medicine, technology, the arts, finance)
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