We start accepting applications for Fall 2018 on November 15, 2017.

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2018.

Applying to PsyD

The program is designed for 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 apply a significant portion of their master's-level preparation to attaining a PsyD degree.

CIIS will waive one practicum placement for those who have completed the MA in a clinical psychology program (or equivalent), and will require a minimum of 60 units of coursework, thus allowing students to progress through our program in 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 at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Degree Requirement: 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 submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to materials@ciis.edu.

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.

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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