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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing, please send to:
1453 Mission St.
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)
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.
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.
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor: