M.A. Online

Anthropology and Social Change

California Institute of Integral Studies

24 months
1242 USD/credit 22356 USD/year
1242 USD/credit 22356 USD/year
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California Institute of Integral Studies’ online master’s degree in Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs for its focus on activism and social justice.


Our mission at California Institute of Integral Studies is to generate dialogue between social justice leaders and academia. We seek to establish an institutional space where social movement activists immersed in organizing can meet scholars engaged in theoretical work.

Combining the world of prefigurative social struggles with the world of social science and radical theory, this program will support you in establishing relationships with local social justice groups, organizations, movements, and campaigns.

You will work with some of the most prominent activist scholars and progressive organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as program faculty. Activist research with a focus on concrete utopia makes this investigative experience rewarding both for you and for the local community.

Career Paths

Our Anthropology and Social Change students at California Institute of Integral Studies develop theoretical and practical knowledge applicable to careers in media, policy, social justice spheres, government, community organizing, and more.

Our graduates walk away with:

  • Extensive knowledge of critical theory and activist anthropology
  • Academic skills needed for continuation of your graduate studies
  • Engagement with the important debates in anthropology and other social sciences
  • Experience in working with networks and community groups
  • Competence in various activist research techniques
  • Organizing and media skills appropriate for employment in a range of progressive and social justice professional environments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Social Movements and Social Change
  • Activist Ethnography
  • Contemporary Capitalism 

For the skills-based coursework, you will have the opportunity to choose two courses:

  • Media skills: Strategic filmmaking, writing and publishing, Internet skills, radical radio.
  • Organizing skills: Legal skills, policy analysis, environmental skills, economic skills, and campaigning and organizing skills.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the Feb 15th priority deadline).


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General requirements

  • Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

  • Submit Your Supporting Materials

  • Submit Your Official Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22356 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    22356 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.


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