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.

Fall 2016 Semester Deadlines

Application Available November 15, 2015
Graduate Priority Deadline February 1st, 2016
Undergraduate Priority Deadline April 1st, 2016
Final Application Deadline
August 1st, 2016
International Students: June 1st, 2016*
Programs with earlier final deadlines
Drama Therapy Program January 15th, 2016
Integral Counseling Psychology July 15th, 2016
East West Psychology
July 22nd, 2016
Fall Semester Begins

School of Professional Psychology and Health: August 25th, 2016

School of Consciousness and Transformation: August 25th, 2016

School of Undergraduate Studies: September 1st, 2016

ACTCM: September 1st, 2016

*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.

Spring 2017 Semester Deadlines

Application available August 30th, 2016
Graduate Priority Deadline October 15th, 2016
Undergraduate Priority Deadline October 15th, 2016
Spring Final Deadline December 8th, 2016
Spring Semester Begins
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:
Bachelor's Completion (BA) Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)
Clinical Psychology (PysD) Integral Counseling Psychology (MA)
Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA) Integrative Health Studies (MA)
East-West Psychology (MA, PhD) Women's Spirituality Programs (MA, PhD)
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD) Writing and Consciousness (MFA)


Click on the program name below to find the program specific application requirements and supporting materials needed.

Anthropology and Social Change Integral Counseling Psychology
Asian Philosophies and Cultures Integrative Health Studies
Bachelor's Completion Program Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
Clinical Psychology MFA Programs
Community Mental Health Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
Drama Therapy Somatic Psychology
East West Psychology Transformative Leadership
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Transformative Studies
Expressive Arts Therapy Women's Spirituality
Human Sexuality


Please see your program’s "Apply" page for the specific list of materials to include in your application. Outlined below are the general parameters for the application requirements, but your program may have additional information. 

International applicants have additional requirements and should visit the International Students page for additional details.

Step 1: Online Admissions Application and Application Fee

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 .

Step 2: Transcripts

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.

  • US and Canadian transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes and can be sent to:

CIIS Admissions

1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

  • 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

Step 3: Supporting Materials

Please submit your supporting materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to Hard copy materials can be sent to:

CIIS Admissions

1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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. Be sure to mention on your application if your transcript is listed under a different name. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

Not all of our programs require all the items listed below. Please check your programs apply page for the specific application requirements.


  • A four to six page (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • Be sure to title the document (i.e. Autobiographical Statement)
  • Your statement should include an introspective discussion addressing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.
  • Explanations for any low grades, withdrawals, or inconsistencies on your transcripts.
  • Anything else you would like us to know.


  • A one-page statement (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • Be sure to title the document (i.e. Goal Statement)
  • Your statement should include your educational and professional objectives.


  • 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 advisors, professors, professional supervisors, etc.).
  • Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
  • Letters should be submitted by email to as a PDF or Word file attachment.


  • A writing sample of eight to ten pages (12 pt font, double-spaced) which includes your name and program you are applying to.
  • The sample should demonstrate your capacity to think critically and reflectively and demonstrate 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.


A collection of relevant career, volunteer and community involvement.


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?


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