PsyD is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019

Apply for the Diversity Scholarship for the fall 2019 semester by July 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.

You are able to submit your entire application online, save for the transcripts.

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)
May 15, 2019 - Final priority application deadline for programs still accepting applications.
June 15, 2019 - Extension deadline for programs still accepting applications.
August 1, 2019 - Final deadline. Many of our programs are full and will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2019.
The following programs still are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019:

  • Integrative Health Studies (MA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: First Professional Doctorate (DACM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Master's Degree (MSTCM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Post-Graduate Doctorate (DAOM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Transitional Doctorate
  • Anthropology and Social Change (MA, PhD)
  • Ecology, Spirituality and Religion (MA, PhD)
  • East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing (MFA)
  • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)
  • Transformative Leadership (MA)
  • Transformative Studies (PhD)
  • Human Sexuality (PhD) - nearly full



Applying to PsyD

The program is designed for two types of applicants:
1) Students who hold a Bachelor's degree in the field and wish to pursue a broad and general training in clinical psychology that prepares students for the professional practice of psychology.
2) Clinicians who hold a master's degree in clinical psychology, or the equivalent, who wish to deepen and refine their training. We are among the first PsyD programs to allow students to transfer up to 30 units from their master's-level counseling preparation to attaining a PsyD degree. CIIS may also waive one practicum placement for those who have completed the MA in a clinical psychology program (or equivalent), thus allowing students to potentially progress through our program in as quickly as 4 years. This is the equivalent of 2 years of coursework with concurrent practica, a 2-year, half-time CAPIC internship (or optional 1-year full-time).

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Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Degree Requirement: A BA or BS from a regionally accredited institution. For advanced standing entry - an MA or MS in clinical psychology, counseling psychology clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, community mental health, or the equivalent from a regionally accredited graduate program. All accepted degrees must include a supervised field placement of at least 500 hours.

Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 in Master's coursework is required.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

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.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your maturity, motivation, and ability to undertake the work required for the PsyD Program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Professional Goal Statement: A one-page statement of your educational and professional objectives. Please be sure to address the reason(s) you believe this PsyD program will be a good match for your goals.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) self-reflective, lifespan autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to the decision to apply to the PsyD program.

An Up-To-Date C.V. detailing your educational and professional experience.

International Students

Please note: International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional details.

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.

$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2019-2020

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 July 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:

Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155
shall@ciis.edu

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