Integral Counseling Psychology

Apply to the Integral Counseling Psychology (MA) Program


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 less than three years.

Students hone their clinical skills and professional expertise through practicums in CIIS' award-winning counseling centers or at a variety of external sites.

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.


The program seeks individuals who have some background or interet in East-West philosophy and psychology and the major spiritual traditions, who are pursuing a path of personal growth (e.g. yoga, meditation, psychotherapy), and who show a demonstrated commitment to the field (e.g. volunteer or paid experience in a psychologiclaly-oriented community service agency).

Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively and exhibit the interpersonal communication skills required of psychotherapists, which include a congruence of feelings and action, the ability to listen and attend, a willingness to be self-reflective, and an openness to receiving constructive feedback and to evaluate and refine behaviors and attitudes when needed, in service of becoming a better clinician.

The ICP Weekday program accepts applicants for both the Fall and Spring semesters. The ICP Weekend Intensive program 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.

4. Transcripts

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.

7. Resume/CV

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.


If you have any additional questions about admissions please contact:

Pauline Reif
(415) 575-6155