Apply by November 15th for a chance at the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship

In order to be eligible for consideration for the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship, applicants need to submit a complete application by November 15. For details on how to apply to the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship, please see bottom of the page. This $5,000 scholarship is in addition to other scholarships a student may be eligible for.

Admission to the Masters Program

Master's degree applicants are asked to furnish a sample of previous work (an outstanding essay or article, for example). Strong preference is given to those with a BA in philosophy or religion. Applicants with a BA in the humanities or in social science or with a science or professional degree are also encouraged to apply.

Information regarding the student's own involvement in the practice of any of the traditions offered for study is welcomed by the Admissions Committee as evidence of practical involvement in the field. Evaluation is conducted without regard to religious affiliation. Our connections in the Bay Area bring students in contact with leading practitioners in these traditions, guest speakers and special colloquia. Research resources include the CIIS Laurance S. Rockefeller Library and the University of California, Berkeley's South Asian Collection. Our graduates typically pursue fulfilling careers as scholars, authors, organizational consultants and social/political activists.

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Admissions Application
Complete the online graduate application at the link below

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting the application.

Degree Requirement
An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, 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. Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaulation through World Education Services (WES) or through any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

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.

Goal Statement
A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.

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.

Admission to the PhD Program

For the PhD program, preference is for students with an MA in religion, philosophy, anthropology, or appropriate area studies. Master's degrees in Asian literatures or comparative literature are also encouraged. Students, however, are accepted from a wide variety of backgrounds other than those listed above, and if accepted, they may be required to take additional units at CIIS. Our connections in the Bay Area bring doctoral candidates in contact with leading practitioners in these traditions; CIIS also sponsors guest speakers and special colloquia. Research resources include the CIIS Laurence S. Rockefeller Library and the University of California, Berkeley's South Asian collection. Our PhD graduates are university faculty and administrators, authors, and activists in the U.S. and Asia.

Click here to view PhD application requirements

Admissions Application
Complete the online graduate application at the link below

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting the application.

Degree Requirement
A bachelors and masters degree (or their equivalents) from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts
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 evaulation through World Education Services (WES) or through any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Two Letters of Recommendation
Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

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.

Goal Statement
A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement. The statement of educational goals should describe the applicant's academic objectives as specifically as possible, including your proposed area of study for dissertation research, and which of the program's resources will be most helpful in meeting those objectives. It should also explain why the applicant is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy and religion, and should indicate how her or his own growth will be advanced through a commitment to sustained academic 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.

Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively.

$5000 Diversity Scholarship for Spring 2018

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering twenty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. 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 by November 15, 2017 for the spring 2018 semester by submitting the application below to admissions@ciis.edu. You must also submit your complete admissions application by November 15, 2017. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156
rwormstall@ciis.edu

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