Master of Arts in Comparative Religion & Philosophy

The Master’s program provides the foundation courses in religion, integral spirituality, and philosophy which will prepare students for the Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and Philosophy.

Learning Objectives

The M.A. curriculum is designed to provide scholarly training in the comparative and historical study of religion, in-depth examination of particular religions that have had major influences on human history, as well as providing expert guidance and instruction in spiritual practices and inquiry (e.g. CRP504/704 Spiritual Education). The M.A. program is a stand-alone program, yet at the same time it provides invaluable educational preparation for the Institute’s Ph.D. program in Comparative Religion and Philosophy.


Degree Requirements

Fifty-six (56) graduate quarter units are required to complete the M.A. degree program in Comparative Religion and Philosophy. The curriculum consists of 8 required core courses. Students with strong backgrounds in one or more equivalent courses may select alternative courses from other programs, at the discretion of the program director.


Master of Arts in Comparative Religion and Philosophy


CRP 500   Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences          (4 units)

CRP 501       Foundations in Integral Studies         (4 units)

CRP 502       Consciousness Studies                (4 units)

CRP 503*     Counseling & Communication Skills   (4 units)

CRP 504**   Spiritual Education         (4 units)

CRP 613       Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research                  (4 units)

CRP 615       Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Philosophy and Ethics              (4 units)

CRP 618       Study of Eastern and Western Religions: Metaphysics and Healing                   (4 units)

* CRP 745    Integral Spiritual Coaching may be taken in place of CRP 503, upon the approval of the Program Director.

** Additional units may be taken as electives.



CRP 620        Shamanism and Indigenous Religions          (4 units)

CRP 623        Buddhism                                          (4 units)

CRP 624        Christian Mysticism                        (4 units)

CRP 625        Islam                                                  (4 units)

CRP 626        Judaism                                             (4 units)

CRP 627        Hinduism                                          (4 units)

CRP 628        Taoism                                               (4 units)

CRP 680        Topics of Special Interest               (4-8 units)

CRP 690        Thesis                                                (4 units)

CRP 699        Independent Study                          (2-12 units)



CRP 523        Traditional Chinese Medicine and Subtle Energy Systems              (4 units)

CRP 670        Human Musculoskeletal System in Yoga              (4 units)

CRP 671       Yoga and Nutrition                          (4 units)

CRP 672       Introduction to Ayurveda               (4 units)

CRP 673       Introduction to Yoga Philosophy   (4 units)

CRP 674       Theories of the Chakras                  (4 units)

CRP 675       Toward a Superconsciousness: Foundations of Spiritual Evolution      (4 units)

CRP 676       Meridian Exercise                            (2-4 units)

CRP 677       Hatha Yoga                                        (2-4 units)

CRP 678       Yin Yoga                                            (2-4 units)

CRP 679       Meditation Practices.                       (2-4 units)








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