Applicants must have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution either in an area of the humanities such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or education, or in a field that is directly related to their proposed area of dissertation study.

CANDIDATE SELECTION
Successful candidates for admission in the program typically have the following qualifications:

  • a vision that is compatible with the program's mission;
  • a path of personal growth and/or spiritual growth;
  • sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent self-inquiry and sustained research;
  • competence in communication and dialogical skills;
  • demonstration of respect for a diversity of viewpoints;
  • an openness to multiple ways of knowing and whole-person learning;
  • the ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goals;
  • outstanding scholarly writing skills; and
  • a prospective specialization that is consonant with the program's mission and faculty expertise.

For example, some students may enter the doctoral program with a clinical licensure degree (e.g., Marriage and Family Therapist) with the goal of bringing philosophical or spiritual depth to their practice or becoming qualified for new professional opportunities such as teaching.

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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 bachelors and masters degree (MA, MS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.

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

Goal Statement: A one-to-three page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives. Include how you will use the resources of the curriculum to advance your chosen inquiry.

Résumé

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.

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.

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.


Please submit all 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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