Department Overview

CIIS’ Transformative Inquiry department has been a pioneer in creative, transdisciplinary online education for over 25 years. Our pedagogy is centered on supporting highly individualized work in a diverse learning community facilitated by rich asynchronous conversations.

In an era of increasing complexity and ambiguity with ever-multiplying challenges and opportunities, there is a critical need for wisdom and vision in a wide array of settings, from education and the environment to businesses and local communities. 

Our programs frame education as a creative, transdisciplinary process. We integrate a focus on personal growth, action in the world, and explorations of the possible. Coursework draws on a diverse range of sources, from academic research to the world’s wisdom traditions as well as personal experience.

Our graduates are trained for professional careers as both thought and action leaders who work in fields such as broadcasting, coaching, academia, and policy. Our faculty have a broad range of research interests, among them systems thinking as a catalyst for personal and social change, consciousness, education reform, creativity and improvisation, personal growth, leadership development, future studies, coaching, and spiritual intelligence.

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Our Approach

CIIS’ Transformative Inquiry programs have been intentionally online since their inception. We believe asynchronous conversation fosters thoughtful interaction and deep learning that is often superior to exchanges commonly found in face-to-face classes. 

Following CIIS’ educational mission, our programs stress an integral perspective in which self-reflection, self-inquiry, and personal growth are combined with rigorous academic inquiry and action in the world.

Our online Ph.D. in Transformative Studies focuses on the development of creative, transdisciplinary, leading-edge research in a context where academic research, self-inquiry, and global context are intimately related.

Our online master’s degree in Transformative Leadership is designed for students who have a passion for leadership in their personal lives and who want to make a difference in the world. They will work in a community of like-minded individuals to develop the skills and personal qualities needed to make their vision a reality.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

February 15, 2022 - 1st priority deadline. Submit by February 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.

March 15, 2022 - 2nd application deadline: pending program space availability. Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.

April 15, 2022 - 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. Applications will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.

May 15, 2022 - 4th application deadline for programs still accepting applications (after the Feb 15th priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.

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