Admissions Requirements

Please follow the steps below to apply today! Visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and additional information.

Step 1: Online Application

Begin by submitting your online application. A link to the online undergraduate application can be found below. Please note that there is a $65, non-refundable application fee.


Step 2: Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts can be mailed to 1453 Mission Street. San Francisco, CA 94806.

To be eligible for admissions, applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units. Of those 60 transferable semester units, applicants must have completed the minimum general education requirements below. General education requirements are designed to give you a broad background in various disciplines. Learn more about what constitutes transferable units.

General Educations Requirements:
The completion of the following fields is not a prerequisite to enter the program, but rather an assessment of general education requirements necessary for graduation.  We encourage you to meet as many of these requirements before entering the program, however if you are lacking units in one of these subjects, you'll be able to take them as elective courses while enrolled in the program at CIIS.

  • 3 units of college level math
  • 3 units of experiential art
  • 6 units of natural sciences
  • 6 units of expository writing
  • 6 units of humanities
  • 9 units of social sciences
  • 3 units of oral communications

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, you can email your unofficial transcripts to Veronica Palafox (vpalafox@ciis.edu) undergraduate admissions counselor to conduct an unofficial transcript evaluation.  


Step 3: Admissions Essay

Submit an essay (five to seven pages typed, double-spaced) that incorporates discussion of the following:

  • Experiences that shaped your desire to return to college now.
  • Your interest in majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Experiences that have prepared you to work in a collaborative learning community.
  • How the Bachelor of Arts Completion program (BAC) is a good fit for you.
  • Your goals and expectations for yourself in the program.


Step 4: Two 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 advisers, 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 by email to materials@ciis.edu as a PDF or Word file attachment.


Additional Application Requirements for the Minor in Critical Psychology

The following lower-division prerequisites are necessary before declaring a minor in Critical Psychology (which is available with a fall semester start date only):

  • General or Introductory Psychology (3-units)
  • Second Psychology Course (3-units)
  • Third Psychology Course or Sociology Course or Anthropology Course (3-units)

One Page Addendum: Please read the Introduction to Critical Psychology chapter to inform you addendum.  Applicants for the Critical Psychology Minor must submit a one page (typed, double-spaced) addendum answering the question below to materials@ciis.edu:

  • What is your understanding of critical psychology and why are you interested in studying this minor?

Pre- Admissions Interview

Once the office of admissions receives a complete application, successful candidates will go onto faculty review (you will receive an email when this happens). At that point, the department will contact you for an interview if they find you a viable candidate. Please allow 2-3 weeks time for faculty to contact you to schedule an interview. 

Admission Counselor: Veronica Palafox

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Veronica Palafox
(415) 575-6227
vpalafox@ciis.edu

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