The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) Program offers MA (online and residential) and PhD degrees, as well as graduate certificates (online and residential). Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.


MASTER OF ARTS, PHILOSOPHY, COSMOLOGY, AND CONSCIOUSNESS

The PCC MA online and residential programs have 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, the faculty have constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within the “Great Work” of our times. By engaging with transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures.

Admissions decisions are based on past academic achievement, fit with the program mission, maturity, and motivation for educational and personal development.

PCC will consider applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, including the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, or professional degree programs.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM

Our students pursue a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary curriculum, taught by faculty who have established international reputations in such fields as cosmology, philosophy, religious studies, Jungian and transpersonal psychology, ecology, and the evolution of consciousness.

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

Many of our MA alumni have gone on to pursue doctoral studies or have forged careers in a wide spectrum of educational endeavors, social change organizations, and sustainability related businesses.

Click here to view MA application requirements

Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement. A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives. The goal statement should articulate what you hope to gain from your time in PCC and, if appropriate, how your time in PCC relates to your long-term personal and professional aspirations.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of five to fifteen (typed, double-spaced) pages that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates graduate level writing abilities. A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations. You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.


Please submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu. Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES IN ARCHETYPAL COSMOLOGY, INTEGRAL ECOLOGY, AND PROCESS PHILOSOPHY

As an alternative to a full 36-unit MA degree, the PCC program also offers three 12-unit MA-level certificates in Archetypal Cosmology, Integral Ecology, and Process Philosophy. Certificate courses are available in both residential and online modalities. Students who decide to apply to PCC's MA degree program can do so at any point during their certificate. Any units earned while a student is in a certificate program are transferable to the MA degree (up to 12 units). There is a limit of one certificate per student.

Depending on their chosen curricular track and background, certificate students will be able to apply ideas and newly acquired skills to catalyze personal, cultural, and institutional transformation.

The Integral Ecology certificate invites students to gain a deeper theoretical understanding of the causes of the ecological crisis, develop innovative practical solutions for addressing it, and find their voice as scholar-activists committed to ecological justice and social change.

The Archetypal Cosmology certificate empowers students to enhance their capacity for personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal psychological exploration, prepares them to identify and analyze broad trends in cultural history, and encourages the cultivation of a deeper recognition of their embeddedness in a meaningful cosmos.

The Process Philosophy certificate introduces students to the history and contemporary application of the process-relational mode of thought while also developing the creative, flexible, and transdisciplinary scholarly skillset essential for thinking through the complex conceptual entanglements typifying our planetary moment.

Click here to view Graduate Certificates Admission Requirements:

Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Instructions for certificate applicants: In the "Type of Degree" menu, choose "Masters." Then in the "Program of Study" menu, choose "Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness Certificate - ..." and select the specific certificate you wish to apply for.

Degree Requirement: At least 90 semester units toward a Bachelors degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of five to fifteen (typed, double-spaced) pages that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates graduate level writing abilities. A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations. You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.

Please submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu. Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Our uniquely transdisciplinary curriculum, taught by renowned faculty, stimulates both analysis and imagination. Studying the historical intersections of ideas in philosophy, science, and religion, doctoral scholars prepare to teach, publish, and take on activist roles in such areas as advocacy, sustainability, counseling and politics.

Our program fosters visionary thinking and passionate debate, beginning with our annual retreat at the renowned Esalen Institute. Throughout the year, forums, symposia, and conferences complement PCC Podiums, where doctoral students who have finalized their dissertations make presentations. The PCC faculty directs dissertations in two broad areas: Integral Ecology and Cosmology, and Archetypal and Consciousness Studies. Admission to the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness PhD program is increasingly selective.

PhD admission is independent of admission to the MA program; it requires a separate application. An applicant for the PhD must have done outstanding work at the MA level. In addition, the PhD applicant must do the following:

Given your anticipated area or areas of specialization, identify at least one PCC core faculty member who would be appropriate to serve as a mentor in the PhD program.

Show close familiarity with that faculty member's particular area of expertise.

Demonstrate the necessary preparation and motivation for specializing in that area (or areas), especially with respect to research leading to the dissertation.

Students admitted into the doctoral concentration who do not have an MA from CIIS in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness may be required to complete up to an additional 18 units of coursework (minus equivalencies) from the core section of the MA curriculum.

Click here to view PhD application requirements

Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Degree Requirement: A bachelor's and master's degree (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement: A two-to-four page statement of your educational and professional objectives and demonstrating familiarity and alignment with at least one core faculty member's area of expertise. Explain your motivation for specialization in this area. The goal statement should articulate what you hope to gain from your time in PCC and, if appropriate, how your time in PCC relates to your long-term personal and professional aspirations.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of eight-to-ten pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates graduate level writing abilities. A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations. You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.


Please submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu.

International Students

Please note: International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional details.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156
rwormstall@ciis.edu

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