Applying to CIIS

 

 


 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

 

CIIS evaluates applicants based on rolling admissions until the final applicaiton deadline. This means that while we encourage you to apply by the priority deadline, we continue to accept applications until all of the spaces in our programs are filled. Please contact us at 415-575-6154 or admissions@ciis.edu for details as admissions to some of our programs may close prior to the final deadline.

 

FALL SEMESTER

Application available November 15

Graduate Priority Deadline

February 1

Undergraduate Priority Deadline

April 1

International Applicant Final Deadline

June 1

All incoming international students are required to participate in the summer bridge program beginning in early August and must have obtained an F-1 visa.

Cohort Final Deadline

July 22

Pertains to programs with orientation dates scheduled prior to the start of the semester

Fall Final Deadline

August 12

 

SPRING SEMESTER

Application available August 30

Graduate/Undergraduate Priority Deadline

October 15

International Applicant Final Deadline

November 15

Undergraduate Final Deadline

November 21

Pertains to programs with orientation dates scheduled prior to the start of the semester

Spring Final Deadline

December 10

 


 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Outlined below are application requirements and how to submit them. Please see your program’s individual Admissions Requirements page for a complete list of materials to include in your application. International applicants should review the International Students page for more information.

All materials must clearly state your name and be sent to:

CIIS Admissions

1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

 94103

Or emailed to: materials@ciis.edu

 

ONLINE APPLICATION AND NON-REFUNDABLE $65 APPLICATION FEE

Begin the application process by submitting an online undergraduate or graduate application and non-refundable $65 application fee payment. If you are unable to complete the transaction online, please call the Business at 415-575-6132 to pay over the phone. Applications are processed once payment is received.

TRANSCRIPTS

We require official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions attended, regardless of whether or not you received a degree. This includes transfer credits from institutions where you have earned 7 or more units.

  • US and Canadian transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Electronic transcripts sent directly from your academic institution can be sent to materials@ciis.edu.
  • All transcripts from schools outside the United States and Canada must be sent, at the applicant's expense, to World Education Services (WES) foreign credential evaluation service. A course-by-course report* is required for all programs and will be used in lieu of the CIIS application requirement for original transcripts. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.

CIIS will accept foreign credential evaluations from other services in some cases. Additional materials may be required of applicants. Please contact the Admissions Office for further clarification at admissions@ciis.edu.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT

  • A four to six page (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • Be sure to title the document (i.e., autobiographical statement)
  • Your statement should include and introspective discussion addressing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.
  • Explanations for any low grades, withdrawals, or inconsistencies on your transcripts.
  • Anything else you would like us to know.

GOAL STATEMENT

  • A one-page statement (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • Be sure to title the document (i.e. Goal Statement)
  • Your statement should include your educational and professional objectives.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  • Letters of recommendation should come from people who can speak directly to your ability to successfully undertake the program you wish to pursue (e.g. academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, etc.).
  • Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
  • Letters can be submitted using the Letter of Recommendation form or by email to materials@ciis.edu

ACADEMIC WRITING SAMPLE

  • A writing sample of eight to ten pages (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • The sample should demonstrate your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrate graduate level writing abilities.
  • A sample that uses outside sources must include proper citations.
  • You may submit copies of previous work, such as a recent academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.

RESUME OR CV

A collection of relevant career, volunteer and community involvement.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST REPORT

Applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an English language proficiency score. Exceptions are made for students who have earned their Bachelor of Arts degree from English language universities or who are currently a permanent resident of the United States. Admission to CIIS requires a minimum score for one of the following exams:

 


 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILL OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION?

 

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a User ID and password for your 'MyCIIS' account via email (please allow 2-3 business days for processing). Using your new CIIS ID and password, you can log in and check on the status of your application. Please contact Portal Help if you do not receive log-in details. Forgot your Username or Password?

 


 

QUESTIONS?

 

We are here to help! You can contact the Admissions Counselor for your program, or the Admissions Office at admissions@ciis.edu or 415-575-6154.