Anthropology and Social Change offers both a MA and PhD. Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.

Click here to view MA Admission Requirements

Admissions Application
Complete the online graduate application found at the link at the bottom of this page

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting your application.

Degree Requirement
An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts
Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaulation through World Education Services (WES).

Autobiographical Statement
A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

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

Two Letters of Recommendation
Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Academic Writing Sample
A writing sample of eight-to-ten pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates 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.


Please submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu.

Click here to view PhD application requirements

PhD Admission Requirements

Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Degree Requirement: A bachelor's and master's degree (or their equivalents from a regionally accredited institution.

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

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

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

Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of eight to ten pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrates 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.


Please submit electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu.

International Students

Please note: International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for addtional details.

Contact us

For any additional admission questions, please contact our admission counselor:

Ebrahim Nasher
(415) 575-6291
enasher@ciis.edu

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