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

Beginning in August 2017, the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program is launching 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). 

Three Unique Curricular Tracks

The online Master's degree offers students the opportunity to focus their studies in one or more curricular tracks. Students are encouraged to choose at least one of the three tracks below, but also have the option, in consultation with their faculty advisor, to design a coherent course of study across the tracks as part of a transdisciplinary online Master's degree in PCC:

New PCC Certificate Options

New PCC Certificates in Archetypal Cosmology, Integral Ecology, and Process Philosophy

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program is now accepting applications for three 12-unit MA-level certificate tracks. Certificates offered include archetypal cosmology, integral ecology, and process philosophy. 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 scholarship within or across the three available concentrations.

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

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

Student Learning Outcome 7: Students focusing on Integral Ecology will 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.

Student Learning Outcome 8: Students focusing on Archetypal Cosmology will enhance their capacity for personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal psychological exploration, be able to identify and analyze broad trends in cultural history, and cultivate a deeper recognition of their embeddedness in a meaningful cosmos.

Student Learning Outcome 9: Students focusing on Process Philosophy will gain an appreciation for 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.

Details about the Course of Study

The online PCC program will award a Master's degree after successful participation in three required residential intensives in San Francisco and 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. In addition to on-campus intensives, students will be expected to participate in several live community webinars to meet with their advisors and share progress in the development of their coursework. 


All intensives will be held at the 1453 Mission St. campus of California Institute of Integral Studies. Students are responsible for covering their own hotel costs and airfare. Meals will be provided for the duration of the intensive. Email the PCC Program Coordinator Aaron Weiss for more information (aweiss@ciis.edu). 

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