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Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.

Obtaining a PhD in philosophy enables you to engage in thoughtful experiments, reasoning about problems, and coming up with ways to solve problems in a more sophisticated way. This will enable you to solve a problem in the most accredited way within the shortest time possible.

Education in the United States is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: state, local, and federal, in that order. The common requirements to study at a higher education level in United States will include your admissions essay (also known as the statement of purpose or personal statement), transcript of records, recommendation/reference letters, language tests

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PhD in Women’s Spirituality

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. [+]

Doctorate Degrees in Philosophy in San Francisco in USA. PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. 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 address the suffering of the Earth and its many species. Our faculty is internationally known and includes many pioneers in the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Spirituality. Overview Founded by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, this doctoral program is located at the intersection of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and philosophy. Through evening and weekend classes, online courses, and a semi-distance option, the program offers you a flexible format that allows you to integrate your studies with your professional and/or family life. Our PhD program: Offers you rigorous academic training that is grounded in transdisciplinary, spiritual, and feminist methodologies Prepares you to conduct original research in one of the following areas: Women in World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Provides a community of engaged scholars who are taking leadership on national and global issues related to women, gender, ecology, and spirituality Your doctoral dissertation makes an original contribution to cross-disciplinary scholarship in this emergent field. Areas of Emphasis for the PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality Women and World Religions We review a variety of ancient lineages that document women's spiritual power and religious experience from the ancient world to the present. The study of women and world religions begins with an examination of the evidence for the transmission of reverence for a dark mother of Africa to all continents of the world. We explore the sacred iconographies and roles of women in African, Native American, Meso-American, South American, Asian/Pacific Islander, old European, and other indigenous, Goddess and God spiritual traditions. We examine women's spiritual roles and practices in historical and contemporary expressions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Shinto, and more. Canonical and orthodox religious beliefs are studied alongside the submerged, subterranean, and heretical streams that run beneath the accepted doctrines of established religions - found in the folklore, heresies, and everyday rituals of subaltern cultures. We encourage women's spiritual quests, interfaith dialogues, and the study of the Sacred Feminine or Feminine Divine of all traditions. Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism Feminist philosophy has long emphasized a relational approach to key philosophical issues; it encourages us to live well and to generate happiness in our own lives and the lives of others. This holistic approach eschews reductionist and mechanistic dualisms to generate a worldview of dynamic interconnectedness in the web of life. Ecofeminist philosophy explores the embodied, embedded, ecosocial context of philosophical issues, focusing attention on the emergent field of relational or holistic thought, as well as rational-intuitive thinking. Courses include work with process philosophy and process theology/theology, postcolonial womanist-feminist and indigenous worldviews, and literary responses to major ecological and philosophical issues. Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Many elements of language, ritual, and the arts have roots in cultural responses to the elemental powers of the female and the ineffable mysteries of the cosmos. An honoring of women's mysteries of birth and sexuality, transformation, death and rebirth informs our coursework in ritual, music, dance, literature, painting, and film appreciation. The experiential as well as intellectual study of diverse sacred arts is intended to evoke one's innate creativity, revealing personal and cultural sources of mystical insight, embodied healing, and artistic blossoming. Apply to the Women’s Spirituality PhD The Women's Spirituality doctoral program is located at the intersection of women's/gender studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, and religion. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute and would ideally have an MA in one of the disciplines mentioned above. For those who do not have a background in a related field, up to 18 additional units of courses drawn from the WSE curriculum will be required, minus equivalencies. (Equivalency for university courses previously taken is determined by the WSE Admissions Committee on an individual basis.) Successful candidates for admission into the Women's Spirituality doctoral program typically have the following qualifications: A vision that is compatible with the program's mission A commitment to personal and social transformation Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively Respect for a diversity of viewpoints Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry The ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goalsStrong scholarly writing skills The ability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources [-]

PhD in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. [+]

The PCC program has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within this work. Students may earn either their MA or PhD, with a track in Integral Ecology, if they choose (see below for more on the Integral Ecology track). Both the MA and the PhD programs strive to embrace the degree goals throughout the curriculum, and should be understood in the context of an overarching commitment to the cultivation of creative vitality and spiritual insight. PhD Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. By understanding transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures. The PCC PhD program encompasses all the PCC MA goals, requiring greater sophistication and nuance in scholarly work from PhD students, and adds two additional goals for PhD students. Goal 1: Global Change Agents To generate creative and effective thinking about the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of the ecological, cultural, and spiritual crisis that is currently facing the human and nonhuman members of the Earth community. Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to articulate sophisticated critiques of the causes and consequences of the current global crises, reflecting an understanding of human embeddedness in the planetary community. Student Learning Outcome 2: In response to the currently dominant worldview, students will be able to generate alternatives that promote a sustainable and flourishing future for the broader Earth community. Goal 2: Sophisticated Evaluation To develop and apply appreciative and critical evaluations of major transitions in Western world views that have contributed to the current planetary situation. Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to speak and write cogently about the nature of world views for a variety of scholarly and popular audiences. Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will be able to critically reflect upon the history and evolution of Western world views. Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will be able to critically engage with dominant paradigmatic elements in the history of ideas and culture, with a focus on Western world views. Goal 3: Transdisciplinarity To critique, evaluate, and apply transdisciplinary scholarship. Student Learning Outcome 6: Students will demonstrate competence in transdisciplinary thinking by integrating content and frameworks from at least two disciplines to create scholarly products. Student Learning Outcome 7: Students will be able to critically engage with research approaches from a diversity of perspectives (e.g., religious and spiritual traditions, historical, and scientific perspectives). Goal 4: Inner and outer evolution To clarify and expand the relevance of ideas studied to one’s personal life and aspirations, with an eye to their implications for the transformation of culture and society at large. Student Learning Outcome 8: Students will be able to build connections between their studies, their personal lives, and the larger communities in which they are embedded. Student Learning Outcome 9: Students will be able to tap into and express individual creativity through personal and/or scholarly communication. Goal 5: Historical knowledge To analyze the evolution of Western thought, through the ideas of major figures of Western intellectual and spiritual history, in relation to the challenges of the present moment. Student Learning Outcome 10: Students will be able to pass two comprehensive exams, one of which will demonstrate comprehension of principal ideas and themes in the development of Western thought as reflected in the PCC Guide to Important Texts (available in PCC office or on MyCIIS, www.my.ciis.edu, on the PCC Program Page). Student Learning Outcome 11: Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant moments in the history of Western thought in the formal treatment of the dissertation topic. Goal 6: Original Contribution To produce a work of original scholarship of publishable quality that engages ideas from a transdisciplinary perspective, including a sufficient mastery in depth of at least one subject area, with an eye to the paradigmatic assumptions and implications for the transformation of culture and society at large. Student Learning Outcome 12: Students will be able to present the research and ideas that will form the basis of the dissertation in a well-organized and persuasive public lecture to the PCC community of faculty and students. Student Learning Outcome 13: Students will be able to write a dissertation that offers a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, and is certified as such by at least two PCC faculty members. Dissertation is not to exceed 250 pages. PhD Language Recommendation Ph.D. students may be required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language if it is deemed essential for the student’s dissertation research. Language proficiency may be demonstrated by having passed two years of course work in the study of a language, or by achieving a satisfactory score on the ETS. PhD Comprehensive Examinations The standard format consists of an annotated bibliography along with a discussion paper that forms the basis for a dialogue between the student and the supervisor. At least one of the exams must be taken with a PCC faculty member. Ideally, all other coursework must be completed (though it is possible to do one of the examinations concurrently with a last course). Each comprehensive exam must be completed in one semester. See the PCC Program Handbook for more details. The PCC general comprehensive exam consists of a 20-to-25-page essay drawing from the PCC recommended reading list and other relevant sources, situated in the context of the first and/or second of the PCC PhD learning goals. With the recommendation of the student's PCC faculty mentor and the PCC chair, a student may opt for an oral comprehensive exam as an alternative to the written exam. The second/specialized comprehensive exam prepares the student for the framing of the dissertation proposal by reviewing the literature of the student's field of interest. The exam consists of a reading list and a 20-to-25-page essay, to be followed up by a discussion with faculty. PhD Dissertation The PCC faculty direct dissertations in two broad specializations: Integral Ecology and Cosmology, and Archetypal and Consciousness Studies. After successfully completing both comprehensive exams, the student may begin working on the dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal must be finished in three semesters; a student may petition his or her mentor in writing for an extra semester, but it should not be assumed that such an extension would be granted. If an extension is granted, the student will elect one semester of the supervised Proposal Completion Seminar (PARP 6900). Once the proposal is completed and approved by a three-person committee, the student may begin writing the dissertation proper. Throughout the dissertation writing process, the student registers for 0 (zero) units/flat fee. PhD Admissions Requirements Admission to the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness PhD program is increasingly selective. It is independent of admission to the MA program and requires a separate admissions application. An applicant for the PhD must have done outstanding work at the MA level (see “MA Program Goals,” above). In addition, the PhD applicant must (1) identify at least one PCC core faculty member who would be appropriate to serve as a mentor in the PhD program and a second faculty member who would be able and willing to serve on the dissertation committee; (2) show close familiarity with that faculty member’s particular area of expertise; and (3) demonstrate the necessary preparation and motivation for specializing in that area (or areas), especially with respect to research leading to the dissertation. The materials required for application are an autobiography, a two-to-four-page statement of goals, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Those admitted into the doctoral concentration who do not have an MA from CIIS in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness may be required to complete up to an additional 18 units of coursework (minus equivalencies) from the core section of the MA curriculum. [-]

PhD in Asian Philosophies and Cultures

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The PhD consists of 36 semester units of coursework, plus two comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. The coursework consists of twelve units within the program, twelve units in Asian-themed electives, and twelve units in general electives. [+]

Doctorate Degrees in Philosophy in San Francisco in USA. The Asian Philosophies and Cultures doctorate offers intensive study in the spiritual and philosophical traditions of South Asia, China, and the Himalayan regions, both with respect to classical and contemporary contexts. The PhD consists of 36 semester units of coursework, plus two comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. The coursework consists of twelve units within the program, twelve units in Asian-themed electives, and twelve units in general electives. Graduates of our PhD program are expected to: 1. Make an original and substantive contribution to the disciplines of Asian religion or philosophy. Think independently to develop questions, concepts, and methodologies. Identify new research opportunities within these fields. Reflect critically upon the histories, tenets, and traditions in their major field. Keep abreast of current advances within these fields and related areas. 2. Demonstrate advanced research and writing skills Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating their own findings and those of others. Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills. Understand the range of issues in the comparative approach to religion and philosophy. Demonstrate ability to write about complex ideas and research in a professional and nuanced manner. 3. Demonstrate commitment to participation in the community of scholars. Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes. Show commitment to supporting and promoting learning through teaching, collaborative inquiry, or professional practice. 4. Demonstrate ability to situate scholarship in relationship to social and personal transformation. Situate self in relationship to work and multiple perspectives. Build upon internal passion and vision toward external career and action 5. Demonstrate professional skills. Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline and in relation to the communities studied. Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively. Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline and setting. Appropriately use media for the dissemination of work. PhD Language Recommendation PhD students may be required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language if it is deemed essential for the student's dissertation research. Language proficiency may be demonstrated by having passed two years of course work in the study of a language, or additional language study depending on the dissertation topic. [-]

PhD in Transformative Studies (Online Program)

California Institute of Integral Studies
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The primary focus of the doctoral program in Transformative Studies is to develop thought-leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. [+]

Transformative Studies (Online Program) FALL ADMISSION ONLY Scholarship, Creativity, Self-Inquiry The primary focus of the doctoral program in Transformative Studies is to develop thought-leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. The program places great value on developing the ability to participate in the scholarly discourse through publication, and on the importance of viewing academic inquiry as an opportunity for personal and social transformation, while grounding transformative processes in academic depth, rigor, and imagination. The program focuses on the development of the following capacities: Making an original transdisciplinary research contribution in a chosen area of inquiry. Engaging in inquiry as a creative and collaborative process in the context of a community of learners. Engaging inquiry as an integral, spiritual, and transformative process of personal and social transformation.Applying one’s research to real-world problems, articulating and embodying one’s values, and skillfully putting theory into practice. Program Format for the Transformative Studies Program The Transformative Studies program is offered in an online format. Students work in the online environment of the CIIS virtual classroom. During the two years of coursework, the students meet twice a year in the Bay Area for five- to seven-day residential intensives. Because intensives are an essential aspect of the learning experience, participation in the intensives is mandatory. Apply to the Transformative Studies Program This program draws diverse students-artists, attorneys, educators, ministers, social workers-who are passionate and self-directed, but who appreciate the creative questions raised by an international community of learners. Four intensive weeks spent at CIIS reinforce the strong bonds that students form online. After an experiential capstone project, our graduates pursue a variety of professions, including university and online teaching, organizational and diversity consulting, filmmaking, and international management. Admission to the Program Applicants to the Transformative Studies doctoral program must submit an autobiographical statement and two letters of recommendation, with at least one from an academic advisor or someone familiar with the applicant's ability to do advanced academic work. Applicants are also asked to provide a recent example of scholarly writing, a résumé of relevant experiences, and, of particular importance, a one- to three-page statement of how the resources of this curriculum will be used to advance a chosen inquiry. Skills and Competencies The successful applicant will have demonstrated skills and competencies in his or her field of work, which might be in such areas as education, health care, the arts, social activism, psychology, organizational development, or corporate management. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and to work both independently and collaboratively. All students must have consistent access to a computer with the capacity to navigate the Internet and the web, and the ability to use the online medium for ongoing dialogue. This transdisciplinary program combines a sophisticated understanding of ways to structure knowledge with the ability to apply that knowledge in original research. Students experience inquiry as a transformative process, exploring multiple theoretical approaches in a variety of disciplines, and skillfully matching appropriate methods to research questions. Award-winning teacher and author Allan Combs directs the Focus in Integral Studies. [-]