Drama Therapy


Apply to the Drama Therapy Program

One of my most life changing experiences! The Drama Therapy program at CIIS gave me the personal and clinical resources I needed to become a skilled therapist, while remaining in touch with my artist self. - Dorothy Lemoult, MA (2011)

About the Program

This concentration is one of only two master's-level programs accredited in the field nationwide. Small and highly selective, our program is distinguished by our international reputation and focus on group work, which is in high demand professionally.

The curriculum encompasses clinical training with individual and small-group supervision, an Integrative Seminar and a final project - written, performed live or videotaped.

Our graduates are academically prepared for the Marriage and Family Therapy license and work with all age groups in private practice as well as in schools and psychiatric services. Many Bay Area facilities have integrated drama therapy as a key modality.


We encourage and embrace diversity in our program, and place a high value on having students from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds; other representations of diversity (including age range) are also important to us. We look at each applicant holistically, and if you feel passionate about this field, we welcome your application.

Applicants must have a background in drama/theater and a minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses. Volunteer or paid work experience in human services is strongly recommended.

Admission Requirements

We seek (and seem to attract) creative, motivated, mature students who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the integration of theater and therapy.

Integrity, introspection, and dedication are all essential attributes. Our students come to the program from around the world. Most have a strong background in drama, some coursework in psychology, and a commitment to human service.

Admission is for the Fall semester only.


Those applicants who are selected for interviews will be invited to San Francisco interviews that are held in late February to early March.

Application to the program also requires the following:

Application for Admission

Non-refundable $65 Application Fee

Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Autobiographical Statement: In four to six pages (typed, double-spaced), discuss childhood and early family experiences, and significant educational, sociocultural, or personally meaningful experiences in your later development. Describe the life experiences that led to your decision to apply to the program.

Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Resume/Outline: An outline indicating applicant's background in theater, psychology, and human services work, or any creative arts therapy experiences.

Academic Prerequisites: Two undergraduate psychology courses from an accredited college or university are required. They may be in progress during the application process and need to be completed prior to enrolling. 

Individual and group interviews by invitation from the admissions committee.

For International students there are additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional information.

For more information on applying please visit Applying to CIIS.

If you have any additional questions about admissions please contact our Admissions Counselor:

David Townes