About the Online MA
Earn your MA from anywhere on Earth
Our program's online MA aims to inspire thoughtful action by emphasizing the importance of linking theoretical reflection on world views to practical intervention in the world. Our program offers students a rigorous, supportive, and transdisciplinary learning community in which to find their voice and vision as leaders. Unlike many graduate programs in philosophy where faculty are seldom accessible to students and an atmosphere of criticism and competition dominates, our faculty strive to provide genuine mentorship to students and to maintain a learning environment that balances scholarly rigor with encouragement for each student's unique strengths and value commitments.
The online MA requires of 36 units of online coursework and participation in three four-day on-campus intensives. All intensives take place at the main campus of California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. The intensives include initial class sessions for the courses offered that semester; research methods classes; skill-building modules to help students develop their scholarly voice, writing, and online networking abilities; advising sesions with faculty; and a variety of community-building opportunities.
Our program supports students in the cultivation of both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative capacities which will better enable them to enter fruitfully into a plurality of worldviews, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. By understanding transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students will develop the ability to discern creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures.
Goal 1: Agents of Change: To generate creative and effective thinking and action in response to the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of the ecological, cultural, and spiritual crises that are currently facing the human and nonhuman members of the Earth community.
Goal 2: Sophisticated Evaluation: To develop and apply appreciative and critical evaluations of major transitions in worldviews including those that have contributed to the current planetary situation.
Goal 3: Transdisciplinarity: To critique, evaluate, and apply transdisciplinary scholarship.
Goal 4: Inner and Outer Evolution: To clarify and expand the relevance of ideas studied to one's personal life and aspirations, with an eye to their implications for the transformation of culture and society at large.