Program Overview

CIIS’ online Ph.D. in Women's Spirituality is a rigorous transdisciplinary program that prepares students to become thought-leaders and change-makers.

We reclaim suppressed knowledge emerging from women and subaltern groups while amplifying the voices of women spiritual leaders, activists, and healers. Our program explores varied spiritual, ecological, and political perspectives rooted in care for the Earth, each other, and the Sacred.

Through your coursework and unique research, you will explore transpersonal and embodied ways of knowing holding womanist, feminist, Indigenous and decolonial lenses.

The program culminates in the creation of a dissertation that hones your unique voice to make an original contribution to the growing body of knowledge of women's spirituality in relation to women's studies, philosophy, religion, ethnic studies, and/or the humanities.

We invite students to envision personal and social transformation through grounded research in women's spirituality and at least one other academic field, such as philosophy, religion, women’s and gender studies, or ethnic studies.

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women’s Spirituality

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Career Paths

As a doctoral program, all of our students already hold a master’s degree, and many are already situated in a career that is reflected in their dissertation topics. You will have the opportunity to tailor your studies and research to your specific areas of interest, and join our alumni in a wide variety of career options. Additionally, our curriculum includes a course on vocation design to give you the tools for career creation should you like to explore a new direction.

Our graduates pave their own way towards roles and leadership positions in various fields including: 

  • Academia, research and education
  • Policy making and consulting 
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • NGOs and nonprofits
  • Creative arts
  • Restorative justice, and many more

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