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Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

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 MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is designed to serve students who are passionate about integrating social justice and spiritual transformation. 


We honor the spiritual impulses that have guided movements for equality and justice across the globe, and we believe that activism can be a form of sacred practice. This MA degree at California Institute of Integral Studies is best suited to those who are interested in developing a visionary approach to their work as activists, educators, healers, facilitators, artists, and socially conscious entrepreneurs.

The MA Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice degree emphasizes the following areas of scholarship:

  • Ecofeminism/Ecology
  •  Women in World Religions
  •  Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing
  •  Diversity and Social Justice 
  •  Spiritual Activism and Leadership

Students are invited to develop an individualized focus of study within these broad areas. For example, an individualized focus of study may be "ecofeminism and the Abrahamic religions," "multicultural women's spiritual leadership," or "the role of sacred arts in movements for social justice." 

Through our Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice program from California Institute of Integral Studies, students will be able to integrate in-depth knowledge of foundational concepts in student's chosen area of focus into scholarly papers and presentations. Students will analyze and articulate a complex and nuanced understanding of the connections among women's studies, gender studies, spiritual traditions and movements, and social justice movements. Students will also conduct interdisciplinary research that values multiple ways of knowing, in addition to employing a critical feminist lens to interrogate the construction of knowledge and social systems. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing that Matters: Foundational Skills for Transformative Scholarship 
  • Critical and Liberatory Methods of Inquiry 
  • Building Conscious Allyship 
  • Sacred Lineages: Goddesses, Foremothers, and Activists 
  • Spirit, Compassion, and Community Activism 
  • Womanist, Feminist, and Decolonial Worldviews 
  • Spiritual Activism and Transformative Social Change 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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