Apply now for Fall 2020!
This program is currently accepting applications for Fall: Click here to apply
This program starts each Spring and Fall semester.
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 15th for guaranteed review. After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd Priority Deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST. Some programs are now full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology.
April 15, 2020 - 3rd Priority Deadline: Submit by April 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology. We also expect the Expressive Arts Therapy program and Clinical Psychology program to fill shortly.
All programs have a Fall start. To see a list of programs that are accepting for Spring, please click here
Applicants interested in applying for this program must have graduated from a Master's degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine or Oriental medicine accredited by (or in candidate status with) the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or the foreign equivalent, with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies and the proof of completion of general biology, general chemistry and general psychology courses. Status of each institution or foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.
How to Apply
The College accepts applications for the Fall and Spring semester of each year during our priority application periods. Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials. Once materials are received and reviewed, students will be notified and and an admissions interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be notified of their status within 2 weeks following the interview (phone or Skype interviews are available for out-of-state and international students).
We have created a side-by-side comparison chart to help you find the degree program that is right for you.
This chart highlights the requirements, goals and the differences among all of our programs, including the first professional degrees (MSTCM, DACM), the transitional doctorate (transitional DACM) and the postgraduate doctorate (DAOM).
Where to Send Application Materials
All application pieces except official transcripts may be submitted through the Online Application Form.
Official transcripts may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
CIIS Admissions Office
1453 Mission St
San Francisco 94103
|Spring 2020 Semester||December 1, 2019|
|Fall 2020 Semester||February 15, 2020|
Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
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 evaluation through World Education Services (WES).
A completed ACTCM Application Form
Complete the ACTCM application form by going to the Online Application Portal
Application fee ($65)
There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting your application.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have been teachers, mentors, supervisors, or other professionals (other than relatives and friends) who can comment on your ability to succeed within the DACMt. Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
A current resume
Please submit a complete resume with this application. Include the following information, if applicable:
- Education and post-graduate training
- Work history and professional experience
- Professional and health care licenses received
Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
A Statement of Purpose essay
Please submit a typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 500 words in response to the following questions:
- Discuss the personal and professional reasons that have led you to pursue the DACMt.
- Why do you wish to study at ACTCM specifically?
- What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience, both personally and professionally?
- What do you hope to contribute to the ACTCM community?
- What specific traits and experiences do you have that you believe will allow you to be successful, both in ACTCM's degree program and as a future TCM practitioner?
Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
English language proficiency requirement
English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:
1. The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution:
a) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or
b) in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland. In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;
2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT)
Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80; or
3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Acceptable scores: ELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format)
Foreign Credential Evaluation
For students with an international academic history, please follow these steps for your foreign credential evaluation (e.g. WES – World Education Services):
Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.
For degrees earned outside of the United States or Canada, we will need a foreign credential evaluation. You, the applicant, need to initiate and request this, at your own expense, through a CIIS-approved foreign credential evaluation provider.
CIIS favors foreign credential evaluations provided by WES – World Education Services, and specifically the course-by-course-report. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
The foreign credential evaluation is used in lieu of sending original transcripts from abroad to CIIS. Original or notarized copies of the transcripts should only be sent to the foreign credential provider, per the foreign credential provider's instructions; there is no need to send these to CIIS!
When requesting the foreign credential evaluation, choose the appropriate degrees to be evaluated for the degree that you are applying for. If applying for a PhD at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA and MA must be evaluated. If applying for an MA at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA must be evaluated.
If you have studied abroad as part of a degree received in the United States or Canada (i.e. transfer credits from abroad), no WES evaluation is needed - provided these units are showing on your US/Canadian degree transcript. If you wish to receive transfer units for any courses earned outside of the United States/Canada that are not showing on a US/Canadian degree transcript, we do need a foreign credential evaluation for these courses.
$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2020-2021
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. Apply for the Fall 2020 semester by April 15, 2020 via this application link below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!
We are offering five different types of Diversity Scholarships:
- People of Color Scholarship
- Men of Color Scholarship
- First Generation College Student Scholarship
- LGBTQIA Scholarship
- Diversity Scholarship
All eligibility rules and application instructions are on the form:
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our ACTCM Admissions Team:
ACTCM Admissions Team