Emphasizing preparation for clinical practice this program combines rigorous scholarship, supervised clinical experience and practica and internships. PsyD students fulfill a diversity and identity competency requirement by taking three courses connecting clinical practice with culture and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and religion and spirituality.

For field experience students can apply to over 90 community agencies, serving a diverse mix of clients. Additionally, they have access to the Institute's exciting array of public programs.

Our training philosophy comprises four components:

  • learning in a multicultural context, which integrates practica and classroom work
  • a relational model of learning and training
  • significant reflection on one's clinical practice
  • broad range of scholarship

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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 undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology or 12 semester units/18 quarter units of Psychology course work

Minimum GPA: Regular Standing - GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate degree-granting institution. Advanced Standing - graduate GPA of 3.25. The minimum GPA requirement is based upon the final 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework for all applications. Meeting the GPA minimum is required in order to be considered for admissions to our program.

Academic Prerequisites: 12 semester units/18 quarter units of Psychology course work including a Statistics course.

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 make sure to speak about your vision of what it means to become a clinical psychologist and how our program might help you achieve this goal.

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.

Advanced Standing

A limited number of Advanced Standing applicants who received a MA or MS degree in psychology (or equivalent) and who have obtained 500 graduate practicum hours may be admitted each year. Advanced standing students in our program complete at least 60 units of coursework, including two years of practicum training, the predoctoral internship, and the dissertation. This educational plan takes a minimum of four years to complete: year one - coursework; year two - courses and practicum; year three - courses, dissertation, and practicum; year four - full-time internship. Compared with regular standing, admission with advanced standing can reduce the minimum time in the program by one year.

Spring Admission into the Psychology Doctoral Program

Once accepted into the PsyD program, a limited number of students have the option to enroll in some courses for the spring or summer semester before their Fall semester begins. With the approval of the PsyD department, students can enroll in selected courses prior to commencement of the fall semester, later to join the fall cohort. Students who employ this option reduce the number of courses required during their first and/or second years of study. This option may provide greater latitude to curriculum planning for individual students. Students who begin to take classes in the spring or summer semesters are considered members of the student cohort that officially begins in the fall semester of the year that they are admitted and will move through the practicum sequence with that cohort.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155

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