Emphasizing preparation for clinical practice this program combines rigorous scholarship, supervised clinical experience and practica and internships. PsyD students fulfill a diversity and identity competency requirement by taking three courses connecting clinical practice with culture and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and religion and spirituality.
For field experience students can apply to over 90 community agencies, serving a diverse mix of clients. Additionally, they have access to the Institute's exciting array of public programs.
Our training philosophy comprises four components:
- learning in a multicultural context, which integrates practica and classroom work
- a relational model of learning and training
- significant reflection on one's clinical practice
- broad range of scholarship
- Admission Application
- Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
- Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university in Psychology or 12 semester units/18 quarter units of Psychology course work
- Academic Prerequisites: 12 semester units/18 quarter units of Psychology course work including a Statistics course.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 at the undergraduate degree-granting institution - for final 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of course work.
- 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.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your maturity, motivation, and ability to undertake the work required for the PsyD Program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
- Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.
- Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) self-reflective, lifespan autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to the decision to apply to the PsyD program.
International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada may have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for details.
A limited number of Advanced Standing students who have completed an MA or MS degree in psychology (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.25 and completed 500 practicum hours may be admitted each year. Advanced Standing students complete a reduced number of units in a program that is designed on a case by case basis depending on prior graduate coursework. Students admitted with Advanced Standing must complete all required courses at CIIS or demonstrate prior completion through submission and review of syllabi from prior coursework.
Spring Admission into the Psychology Doctoral Program
Once accepted into the PsyD program, a limited number of students have the option to enroll in some courses for the spring or summer semester before their Fall semester begins. With the approval of the PsyD department, students can enroll in selected courses prior to commencement of the fall semester, later to join the fall cohort. Students who employ this option reduce the number of courses required during their first and/or second years of study. This option may provide greater latitude to curriculum planning for individual students. Students who begin to take classes in the spring or summer semesters are considered members of the student cohort that officially begins in the fall semester of the year that they are admitted and will move through the practicum sequence with that cohort.
Admission Counselor: Melanie Natividad
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor: