COVID-19 Update from the Program

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many universities, faculty, and students to explore online education for the first time.

 The Transformative Leadership MA and Transformative Studies PhD have always been online, and some of our faculty have been teaching exclusively online for 25 years. We can proudly say that we probably have more extensive experience with online education than just about any other program in the world. We have had to make only minimal adjustments to adjust to the realities of the pandemic. Normally we have a 5 day residential intensive at the beginning of every semester. This semester we will have a virtual intensive intensive for the first time, and after that, the courses themselves will be conducted in the same way they usually are.

CIIS's innovative online Transformative Leadership MA focuses on mobilizing the imagination, creating a vision, developing skills for personal and social transformation, and applying them in the world.

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In an era of rapid change and social transformation, contemporary models and myths of life and leadership are crumbling and alternative opportunities are emerging. The Transformative Leadership program mobilizes students' creativity to facilitate personal and social transformation in order to develop novel ways of living, working, and leading. Students find a supportive and stimulating environment where they can explore creative and practical opportunities to reflect on life, work, and leadership. Students can explore and apply insights gained through an engagement with cutting-edge research, and experiential and practical pedagogies in areas such as leadership, creativity, spirituality, and social justice, to support them in and developing valuable skills to make their vision a reality.

The Transformative Leadership program invites students to engage in a profound questioning of the assumptions about what matters most to them, and to address the implications and applications to practice. Reflection and theory are united with practice by focusing on the development of capacities to envision, initiate, and engage in transformative change processes.


Change yourself. Change the World.


Fall 2020: August 28-30, 2020

As a reponse to the Covid-19 pandemic the fall 2020 intensive will be held online. 

Spring 2020: January 21-26, 2021

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