About Us

Founded in 1992 by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, the Women's Spirituality program offers an interdisciplinary, multicultural, decolonial feminist approach to the study of spirituality and religion. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, religion, and other related fields. We are the first PhD-granting graduate program in the US to integrate the study of the sacred feminine with the examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues. 

Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. We join with those who seek to end the exploitation of marginalized social groups and to address the suffering of the earth and its many species. 

Our Degrees

We currently offer two degrees:

MA 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.

This short video about our program was produced by MA graduate Deborah Santana.

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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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