About Us

The Women's Spirituality program offers a transdisciplinary, multicultural, and socially-engaged approach to the study of feminism, gender, spirituality, religion, and social justice. We are the first PhD-granting graduate program in the US to integrate the study of feminist spirituality with the examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women and gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, and other related fields. We do not espouse a singular spiritual framework nor a singular approach to feminism; rather, we support students in undertaking their own rigorous inquiry both within and beyond these fields.

Our innovative and diverse faculty pursue research interests in the three areas of the curriculum: Women and World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing. For more information about their publications and professional speeches and activities, see their faculty pages

Our Degrees

We currently offer two degrees:

Master of Arts in Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice
PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality

We also offer an accelerated BA to MA degree option through our Bachelor's Completion program and an accelerated PhD program.

Please view this documentary about the Women’s Spirituality program that was produced by one of our distinguished alums, Deborah Santana, MA.

Photo of two women who are part of the Women Spirituality program at California Institute of Integral Studies looking away from the camera Women's Spirituality in Higher Education Play Video
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Questions about Admissions or Our Program?

Admissions Counselor: Danielle Niakaros 
dniakaros@ciis.edu 415.575.6291

Program Coordinator: Violeta V Krasnic
vkrasnic@ciis.edu 415.575.6255

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