Apply to the Integral Counseling Psychology (MA) Program
MASTER OF ARTS, COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
The world's first counseling master's degree with a transpersonal or East-West perspective, this CIIS program also provides a solid grounding in traditional teaching, especially depth psychology. Our students value being part of a mindful, involved community within an academically rigorous university.
Admission is very competitive for both the traditional format and the intensive weekend program, which serves people who plan to complete this degree in two-and-a-half years.
Students hone their clinical skills and professional expertise through practicums in CIIS' five award-winning counseling centers, three of which have a transpersonal perspective.
Our graduates consistently have an extremely high pass rate on the Marriage and Family Therapy licensing exam, which qualifies them to work in private practice, in addition to agencies, clinics, and schools.
Additional Information for ICP Applicants
In addition to the above considerations, applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively. The program seeks individuals who exhibit the interpersonal communication skills required of psychotherapists.
These include a congruence of feelings and action, the ability to listen and attend, a willingness to be self-reflective, and an openness to evaluating and changing behaviors and attitudes.
The ICP Weekday program accepts applicants for both the Fall and Spring semesters.The ICP Once a Month Weekend Intensive accepts applicants for the Fall semester only.
1. Application for Admission
2. Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
3. Degree Requirement
An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
5. Goal Statement
A one-page statement (typed, double-spaced) addressing the following points, which the program considers desirable in selecting candidates for admission:
- A background or interest in East-West philosophy and psychology.
- A view of human nature compatible with the program's orientation and emphasis.
- Pursuit of a path of personal growth (e.g., yoga, meditation, psychotherapy).
- Sufficient personal stability and energy to become an effective helper.
- Demonstrated commitment to the field (e.g., volunteer or paid experience in a psychologically oriented community service agency).
- Present interests and past academic records that indicate probable success in completing graduate studies.
6. Autobiographical Statement
A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement emphasizing childhood experience and discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.
8. 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
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.
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