Fall 2021 applications are open as of 11/15/2020.
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:
January 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review.
February 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for all other programs. Submit by February 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT. 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.
Please note: The following programs are an exception to the 11/15/2020 opening of Fall 2021 applications, and will announce their opening date soon: Women's Spirituality (PhD) and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA). Thank you for your patience.
Applying to PsyD
The PSYD program is for 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.
Advanced Standing may be available to clinicians who hold a master's degree in clinical psychology, or the equivalent, who wish to deepen and refine their training.
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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.
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):
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. The Diversity Scholarship application for Spring 2021 is open as of September 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020 by 11:59pm PT.
Click here to apply: Spring 2021 Diversity Scholarship Application
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