Apply for the Diversity Scholarship for the fall 2019 semester by March 15, 2019. See below for more details and application form.

Please click below to start an application!

Apply for >> Fall 2019 <<

This program starts each fall semester.

Beginning November 15, 2018, you will be able to submit your entire application online, save for the transcripts.

If you are applying for Fall 2019, transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the CIIS Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to materials@ciis.edu. If mailing, please send to:

1453 Mission St.
Admissions Office
San Francisco, CA 94103

Application Deadline Information:

January 15, 2019 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2019 - Priority deadline for all other programs (1st review): Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.
April 15, 2019 - Application deadline for 2nd review: (pending space availability)

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.

Click here to view the MA application requirements

Admissions Application
Complete the online graduate application.

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.

Minimum GPA
A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Transcripts
Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended where 7 or more credits have been earned. If transcripts are being mailed to CIIS, they 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) or 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).

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.

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.

Minimum GPA
A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Transcripts
Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended where 7 or more credits have been earned. If transcripts are being mailed to CIIS, they 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) or 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).

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.

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):

  1. Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'.

  4. 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).

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

$5,000 Diversity Scholarship for Fall 2019

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 2019-2020. 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 2019 semester by March 15, 2019 via this application link below. 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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