Frequently Asked Questions for The Women's Spirituality Program 

The Women's Spirituality Program Applying FAQ's

What makes an ideal/strong applicant?

Successful candidates for admission into the MA program typically have the following qualifications:


• A vision that is compatible with the program's mission
• A commitment to personal and social transformation
• An ability to think critically and creatively
• Respect for a diversity of viewpoints
• Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
• Scholarly writing skills


Successful candidates for admission into the Women's Spirituality doctoral program typically have the following additional qualifications:


• The ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goals
• The ability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources

 

Are GRE’s required?

You are not required to take the GRE's for submission to the program.

Successful completion of a Master's degree is a requirement for admission to the PhD program. An MA degree earned in a related field is preferred, but not required. Upon revision of the applicant's complete application, a faculty advisor may require that the prospective student take up to 18 supplemental units, if deemed necessary for primary competency in the field.

Who should I contact if I have specific questions?

AmyJo Mattheis is the admissions representative for the Women's Spirituality department. 

AmyJo Mattheis
(415) 575-6246
amattheis@ciis.edu


For questions about Financial Aid: grants, scholarships, loans, default prevention and counseling, financial planning, work study, financial aid appeals, and more, please contact

Mariet Zovichi
(415) 575-6122
mzovichi@ciis.edu

The Women's Spirituality Program has also prepared a program-specific Scholarship Guide with the demographic of our students in mind. The guide is accessible here.


Jen Cross is the Program Coordinator for the Women's Spirituality Program. 

Jen Cross
Women's Spirituality Program Coordinator
(415) 575-6255
wse@ciis.edu

Please also feel free to email Women's Spirituality Administrative Adjunct, Lisa Christie.

Lisa Christie, PhD
Adminstrative Adjunct Liaison
(415) 575-6172
lchristie@ciis.edu

For international students, Jody O'Connor is the International Student Advisor here at CIIS. Jody can be reached at joconnor@ciis.edu. She should be able to answer all of your questions concerning visas, and work-study options for international students.

The Women's Spirituality Program General FAQ's

What is the program's curriculum?

What kinds of dissertations are acceptable in the program?

As an interdisciplinary program, the Women's Spirituality Program's dissertation may cover a wide range of topics.

Learn more details about The Women's Spirituality Program's dissertations from past years here.

Can you tell me about your accreditation?

CIIS and the Women's Spirituality Program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

What kind of work does a degree from The Women's Spirituality Program prepare me for?

Our students go on to fill a number of rolls and leadership positions in various fields -academia, research institutions, policy making, education, entrepreneurship, the non-profit sector, restorative justice, and many more. Our program has a strong emphasis on social justice and seeks to make an impact on the world at large by providing our students with the tools to think deeply and critically about local and transnational issues, and affect change through an integrative approach to education that values the spiritual dimensions of our human experience.


We do recognize that there is no clearly paved career trajectory for someone with a degree in Women's Spirituality - much depends on a student's objective, self-motivation, entrepreneurship. Students tailor their studies to their specific areas of interest, and our graduates have diverse careers. Some work with non-profit organizations, others are teaching, some are artists, some are healers, and some have started social entrepreneurial ventures. We are offering a course on Vocation Design for the Fall 2016 semester to give our students tools for career creation. In addition you can visit our Alumni Careers page to gain a better understanding of the breadth of vocational paths for our graduates.

How long is the Program?

The time it takes to complete the program depends on a number of factors: whether you are interested in an MA or PhD degree; whether you plan on enrolling as part time, or full time student; and how often you can travel to San Francisco to take classes on campus. An MA Distance Learning student who enrolls full-time, is like to complete the program in 2.5 years or 5 semesters. 

For more info visit our Distance Learning Program page here.

How can I fund my degree?

For questions about Financial Aid: grants, scholarships, loans, default prevention and counseling, financial planning, work study, financial aid appeals, and more, please contact


Mariet Zovichi at
(415) 575-6122
mzovichi@ciis.edu, and


The Women's Spirituality Program has also prepared a program-specific Scholarship Guide with the demographic of our students in mind. The guide is accessible here.

Who should I contact if I have specific questions?

AmyJo Mattheis  is the admissions representative for the Women's Spirituality department. 

Amy Jo Mattheis
415-575-6246
amattheis@ciis.edu


For questions about Financial Aid: grants, scholarships, loans, default prevention and counseling, financial planning, work study, financial aid appeals, and more, please contact

Mariet Zovichi
(415) 575-6122
mzovichi@ciis.edu

The Women's Spirituality Program has also prepared a program-specific Scholarship Guide with the demographic of our students in mind. The guide is accessible here.


Jen Cross is the Program Coordinator for the Women's Spirituality Program. 

Jen Cross
Women's Spirituality Program Coordinator
(415) 575-6255
wse@ciis.edu

Please also feel free to email Women's Spirituality Administrative Adjunct, Lisa Christie.

Lisa Christie, PhD
Adminstrative Adjunct Liaison
(415) 575-6172
lchristie@ciis.edu

For international students, Jody O'Connor is the International Student Advisor here at CIIS. Jody can be reached at joconnor@ciis.edu. She should be able to answer all of your questions concerning visas, and work-study options for international students.

Is the Women's Spirituality Program connected on Social Media?

We are glad you asked! Yes!

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The Women's Spirituality Program Semi-Distance Learning Option FAQ's

How long is the Program?

The time it takes to complete the program depends on a number of factors: whether you are interested in an MA or PhD degree; whether you plan on enrolling as part time, or full time student; and how often you can travel to San Francisco to take classes on campus. An MA Semi-Distance Learning student who enrolls full-time, is like to complete the program in 2.5 years or 5 semesters. 

For more info visit our Semi-Distance Learning Option page here.

How is the Semi-Distance Learning Option structured?

Students in the Semi-Distance Learning Option must earn 19 units of face-to-face credit. To earn the needed face-to-face units, students should plan to travel to campus 3-4 times a year. There are several ways you can earn face-to-face credit: (1) Intensives; (2) Independent Studies; (3) Public Program Workshops taken for Academic Credit; (4) Residential courses (for example in the summer); and for doctoral students, the Literature Review Comprehensive Exam.

Example 1: A student registers for a 1-unit face-to-face course and completes the classroom requirement during the 2-day block. (Outside of the classroom, there is also reading and almost always a research paper.)


Example 2: A student registers for a 3-unit hybrid course, consisting of 1 face-to-face credit and 2 online credits. The student completes the 1 unit of face-to-face credit in the 2-day block and earns the remaining 2 online units in the online classroom.


As a Semi-Distance Learning student you are required to take at least 19 units of coursework in person or through pre-approved independent study, the other 17 can be taken online. We offer a 9-day intensive each year designed especially for Semi-Distance Learning students. During the intensive, we offer 4 one-unit courses so that Semi-Distance Learning students can plan getting up to 4 units of in-person classes in one trip to SF. In order to stay on track to graduate in a timely manner, students should expect to travel to the Bay Area at least once per semester.

For more info visit our Semi-Distance Learning Program page here.

What are the Intensives?

There are 2 Intensives-one at the beginning of the Fall semester and the other at the beginning of the Spring semester. The Intensives are 6-8 days long, and students spend about 8 hours a day in class. The Intensive is divided into blocks of 2 days. Each 2-day block earns 1 unit of face-to-face credit. During the Intensive, students may earn face-to-face units for up to 3 or 4 classes. 

For more info visit our Semi-Distance Learning Option page here.

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