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Taos Institute Ph.D. Program

Welcome to the Taos Institute Ph.D. Program.  The Taos Institute, in conjunction with several Dutch and Belgian universities, offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. Currently, the degree is awarded through one of our affiliated universities. This program is designed for mature professionals who wish to pursue a line of inquiry that will enrich their endeavors and speak to the concerns of a broader audience of scholars and practitioners.

Participants in the program must enter with a Masters degree along with substantial experience in practice. The program of study is built around a thesis project, with readings and preparations designed to facilitate the achievement of a successful dissertation. Dissertations have thus far been concerned with educational practices, organizational development, therapeutic change, community building, and educational initiatives. Other topics are possible. The program is explicitly focused on a social constructionist orientation.

The Taos Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering productive dialogue at the intersection of social constructionist theory and societal practices. Through numerous workshops, conferences, web offerings, and distance learning programs, thousands of professionals from many organizations and nations have drawn sustenance. The present program extends the fruits of this ongoing dialogue to the domain of advanced education. For more information visit:

  • The Taos Institute Advisor

At the beginning of the program a Taos Institute Advisor will be assigned to each student. The important goal is to furnish a dialogic counterpart who can facilitate learning, research and writing in the area of focal concern to the participant.

  • The University Promoter

Each student and Taos Advisor will also be paired with a Full Professor from the matriculating University. Each of our cooperating Universities require two promoters: the Taos Advisor and the University Promoter. The Taos Advisor, University Promoter, and student will negotiate a working relationship.

  • The Teaching/Learning Process

Communication within the "Program Team" (Consisting of the Taos Advisor, the University Promoter, Professor Gergen, Professor McNamee and the candidate) will take place through the internet, telephone and the mail. However, the participant should anticipate occasional visits to his or her thesis advisor, especially during the planning and dissertation completion stages. The Advisor will also be available for informal meetings throughout the program. The final oral examination and degree award ceremonies (typically a single, joyful event) will require the participant's travel to the corresponding Dutch or Belgian university conferring the degree.

The Taos PhD Program - A Conversation with Ken Gergen & John Rijsman
Ken Gergen and John Rijsman enjoying a conversation about the beginnings and strengths of the Taos Institute PhD program.

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