Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership (Online Program)
California Institute of Integral Studies
Full time, Part time
Earliest start date
CIIS’ Master’s in Transformative Leadership is a degree program ideal for passionate and innovative leaders who want to attain personal growth and practical skills in the service of a greater future. The coursework in the Transformative Leadership master’s program invites you to engage in self-exploration around what matters most to you and how you can draw on all of your internal and external resources to lead your life. Through rigorous academic study, deep personal inquiry, and a culminating Capstone Project, the program provides the framework to envision, initiate, and engage in transformative change processes.
Our graduates go on to be passionately engaged in work that manifested as a result of their experience in our program, whether it’s leading a non-profit, teaching in academia, working for environmental or social justice initiatives, or creating their own consulting firm. Our faculty have a broad range of research interests, among them systems thinking as a catalyst for personal and social change, consciousness, education reform, creativity and improvisation, personal growth, leadership development, future studies, coaching, and spiritual intelligence.
CIIS’ Transformative Leadership master’s program requires students meet in a virtual intensive twice per year, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Participation in all intensives is mandatory.
Throughout the program, students will hone complex and creative ways of being, knowing, relating, and doing. Our unique approach to leadership incorporates a variety of theories, skills, and methods. Some of the interconnected concepts, methods, and approaches you will learn in the program include:
- Theory: Participatory Action Research, Cultural Transformation, Systems & Complexity, Cybernetics Transformative Leadership
- Skills: Qualitative Research, Psychological Assessments, 360 Feedback, Teamwork and Collaboration, Deep Listening, Futures Thinking
- Self-inquiry: Developing a Personal Vision, The Enneagram, Creativity & Imagination, Spirituality & Leadership, The Power of Stories, Addressing Immunity to Change
The M.A. concludes with the opportunity for each student to develop their final Capstone Action Project. We encourage an evolving leadership philosophy to guide the design and implementation of a personally meaningful project: our goal is for students to view this final work as a catalyst for deepening their connection to their current career or creating the path to a new one.