Applying to CIIS
CIIS uses a holistic review process to evaluate applicants. We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after the priority date until all spaces are filled.
Deadlines can be found below by clicking the semester you're applying for. CIIS evaluates applicants based on rolling admissions until the final application deadline. This means while we encourage you to apply by the priority deadline, we continue to accept applications until all spaces in the programs have been filled. Please contact the admissions counselor of the program for details, as some of our programs may fill up prior to the final deadline.
|Application available August 30th, 2016|
|Priority Application Deadlines|
|Undergraduate||October 15th, 2016|
|Graduate||October 15th, 2016|
|Final Application Deadlines|
|Undergraduate Final Deadline||December 5th, 2016|
|Graduate Final Deadline||December 8th, 2016|
|Spring Semester Begins||
School of Undergraduate Studies: January 9th, 2016
ACTCM: January 9th, 2016
School of Professional Psychology and Health: January 17th, 2017
School of Consciousness and Transformation: January 17th, 2017
|*International applicants are encouraged to submit their application close to the priority deadline. All admitted international students must have obtained an F-1 visa before the start of the semester.|
|The following programs will be accepting applications for the 2017 Spring Semester:|
|Asian Philosophies and Cultures (MA, PhD)||Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)|
|Bachelor's Completion (BA)||Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)|
|Clinical Psychology (PysD)||Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA)||Integral Counseling Psychology (MA)|
|Community Mental Health (MA)||Integrative Health Studies (MA)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)||Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA)|
|Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
|East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)||Writing and Consciousness (MFA)|
|Application Available||November 15, 2016|
|Priority Application Deadlines|
||April 3rd, 2017|
|Drama Therapy (MA)||January 15, 2017|
|All Other Graduate Programs||February 1st, 2017|
|Final Application Deadlines
|International Students*||June 1st, 2017|
|BA & MA/MFA Accelerated Track||July 25th, 2017|
|East West Psychology||July 25th, 2017|
|Integral Counseling Psychology||July 25th, 2017|
|Integral Counseling Psychology Weekend
||July 25th, 2017|
|All Other Programs||August 1st, 2017|
|Fall Semester Begins
School of Professional Psychology and Health: August 24th, 2017
School of Consciousness and Transformation: August 24th, 2017
School of Undergraduate Studies: August 31st, 2017
ACTCM: August 31st, 2017
|*International applicants are encouraged to submit their application close to the priority deadline. All admitted international students must have obtained an F-1 visa before the start of the semester and attend the summer bridge program in mid-August.|
|All of our programs accept applications for the fall. Programs with earlier deadlines are noted above.|
Please see your program’s "Apply" page for the specific list of materials to include in your application. Expand the box below to find links to each of our program's apply pages for specific application requirements and supporting materials.
International applicants have additional requirements and should visit the International Students page for additional details.
Click on the program name below to find the program specific application requirements and supporting materials needed.
|Anthropology and Social Change (MA, PhD)||Human Sexuality (PhD)|
|Asian Philosophies and Cultures (MA, PhD)||Integral Counseling Psychology (MA)|
|Bachelor's Completion Programs (BA)||Integrative Health Studies (MA)|
|Clinical Psychology (PsyD)||Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (PhD)|
|Community Mental Health (MA)||Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)|
|Drama Therapy (MA)||MFA Programs|
|Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|DACMt||Somatic Psychology (MA)|
|Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)||Transformative Leadership (MA)|
|East West Psychology (MA, PhD)||Transformative Studies (PhD)|
|Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)||Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice (MA)|
|Expressive Arts Therapy (MA)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
Start your online application by clicking the undergraduate or graduate application link below. There is a non-refundable $65 application fee payable online upon submitting your application.
We require official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions attended, regardless of whether or not you received a degree. This includes all transcripts from any institution where you have earned 7 or more units, and transcripts from any schools that appear on your degree conferral transcript. Be sure to mention on your application if your transcript is listed under a different name.
US and Canadian transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes and can be sent to:
ACTCM at CIIS
Electronic transcripts sent directly from your academic institution can be sent to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting your materials, please make sure that all materials clearly state your full name. We recommend utilizing headers and page numbers (if needed) to maintain the order of your documents. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing. Please check your programs apply page above for the specific application requirements.
Please submit your supporting materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to
While we encourage applicants to submit their supporting materials electronically, if you'd prefer to send hard copies please send them to:
ACTCM at CIIS
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. Admission to CIIS requires a minimum score for one of the following exams:
Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a User ID and password for your 'MyCIIS' account via email, provided you have not previously received one. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing your application. 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. When emailing Portal Help, it's useful to include your full name, date of birth, zip code, name of the program you are applying to and the email address you used to submit the application. Forgot your Username or Password?
We're here to help! If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact the admissions office at 415-575-6154 or email@example.com.