COVID-19 Update from the Program

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.

CIIS 25th Anniversary Online Education Logo

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 Studies 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.

Scholarship, Creativity, Self-Inquiry

The focus of the online doctoral program in Transformative Studies is to develop thought-leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.

The program encourages students to articulate research topics they are passionate about and supports participation in the scholarly discourse through publication. It views academic inquiry as an opportunity for personal and social transformation, grounding transformative processes in academic depth, rigor, and imagination.

The program focuses on the development of the following capacities:

  • Making an original transdisciplinary research contribution in a chosen area of inquiry
  • Engaging in inquiry as a creative and collaborative process in the context of a community of learners
  • Applying one's research to real-world problems, articulating and embodying one's values, and skillfully putting theory into practice
  • Engaging inquiry as an integral, spiritual, and transformative process of personal and social transformation

As this graphic represents, the Transformative Studies PhD program at California Institute of Integral Studies is an online program taking 2 years and teaching 36 units


The Fall 2021 Intensive will be held online. 

Fall 2021: August 26-29, 2021

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