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This year, CIIS celebrates 25 years of unique online education. Our online programs feature small classes, individualized attention, remarkable students, and exceptional faculty from all over the world.

Our Transformative Leadership PhD is CIIS' most well-established online program-one that's innovative and transdisciplinary with a focus on creative scholarship for personal and social transformation.

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The Transformative Leadership online master's program prepares students who want to create meaningful sustainable change in their lives and communities, without replicating the problematic aspects of present systems. Drawing on leading-edge research, the arts, and the great spiritual traditions, the program offers students the opportunity to explore new ways of being, relating, knowing, and doing, develop skills in participatory leadership and collaborative creativity, study transformative movements that work toward liberation, social, and environmental justice, and develop and articulate their own personal and leadership philosophy. Students ground their work with a capstone action project, where they can apply their learning on a continual basis.

Grassroots, Self-Reflective, Collaborative Approach

In our program, you will join a globally diverse learning community of students and professors who have a broad range of experiences - they are authors, consultants, activists, and innovators.

Graduates of the program have pursued careers as:

Corporate Executives

 Non Profit Executive Directors





Alumni Highlights

Transformative Leadership alumna '14 Shannon McQuaide's founder of the FireFlex Yoga program partnered in 2017 with Active Wellness, LLC a national fitness company and in April was featured in NBC's Bay Area Proud segment. FireFlex Yoga evolved from Shannon's Capstone project back in 2014. 

Residential Intensive Dates

Fall 2018: August 30 - September 4, 2018
Location: Best Western Lighthouse Hotel, Pacifica, CA 

Welcome Ceremony Begins August 30th @ 5:00pm PT
Closing Ceremony Ends September 4th @ 11:00am PT

Spring 2018: January 24th - 29th, 2019
Location: TBA

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