Earn a Master's Degree Online in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program now offers an online Master of Arts degree. The program awards a Master's degree after successful completion of 36 units of online coursework and participation in three on-campus intensives. All intensives take place at the main campus of California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Online courses are hosted on the state-of-the-art Canvas Learning Management System

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Contact Matt Segall for more information (msegall@ciis.edu). 


PCC Certificate in Integral Ecology

PCC Certificate in Integral Ecology

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program is now accepting applications for a 12-unit MA-level certificate track in integral ecology. Certificate courses are offered in both online and residential modalities. 

To learn more about PCC's certificate options, click here. 

PCC Program Mission

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The online PCC Master's degree program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

This re-imagination entails a ground up reappraisal of the dominant industrial world view guiding our increasingly imperiled planetary society and depends upon the development of new and transformative pathways across multiple disciplines, including an expanded vision of philosophy inspired by the world's spiritual traditions, depth psychology, integral ecology, digital humanities, and emerging perspectives bridging the natural and social sciences.

The program aims to inspire thoughtful action by emphasizing the importance of linking theoretical reflection upon world views to practical intervention in the world. The PCC program supports students called to meet the Earth community's unprecedented evolutionary challenge by offering them 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, PCC 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.

What will I learn in PCC?

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness online Master's program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students 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  life-enhancing futures.

Goal 1: Become an Agent of Change

To generate creative and effective thinking 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.

Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to articulate sophisticated critiques of the causes and consequences of the current planetary crises.

Student Learning Outcome 2: In response to the dominant worldview, students will be able to generate alternatives that promote an ecologically just and flourishing future for the entire Earth community.

Goal 2: Articulate Sophisticated Evaluations of Historical and Contemporary Thought and Culture

To develop and apply appreciative and critical evaluations of major transitions in worldviews including those that have contributed to the current planetary situation.

Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to speak and write cogently about the nature of worldviews for a variety of scholarly and popular audiences.

Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will be able to engage confidently as public intellectuals regarding the history and evolution of Western, Asian, and indigenous perspectives, remaining sensitive to the dangers of appropriation while also developing an appreciation for the potential of newly emerging hybridizations of these perspectives.

Goal 3: Become an Expert in Transdisciplinary Research

To critique, evaluate, and apply transdisciplinary methods of scholarship.

Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate competence in transdisciplinary thinking by integrating content and frameworks from at least two disciplines to create scholarly products.

Student Learning Outcome 6: Students will be able to engage critically and constructively with a diverse array of research topics (e.g., religious, spiritual, and esoteric traditions, historical and scientific paradigms, and other, marginalized perspectives and ways of knowing).

Goal 4: Connect 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.

Student Learning Outcome 7: Students will be able to build connections between their studies, their personal lives, and the larger communities in which they are embedded.

Student Learning Outcome 8: Students will be able to tap into and express individual creativity through personal and/or scholarly communication.

Details about the Course of Study

The online PCC program will award a Master's degree after successful completion of 36-units of online coursework.  The intensives include initial class sessions for the courses offered that semester, research methods and other 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. 


All intensives will be held at the 1453 Mission St. campus of California Institute of Integral Studies. Email the PCC Program Coordinator Aaron Weiss for more information (aweiss@ciis.edu). 

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