We seek (and seem to attract!) creative, motivated, mature students who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the integration of theater and therapy.
Integrity, introspection, and dedication are all essential attributes. Our students come to the program from around the world. Applicants must have a background in drama/theater and a minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses. Volunteer or paid work experience in human services is strongly recommended.
We encourage and embrace diversity in our program, and place a high value on having students from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds; other representations of diversity (including age range) are also important to us. We look at each applicant holistically, and if you feel passionate about this field, we welcome your application.
Admission is for the Fall semester only. Applicants who are selected to interview will be invited to San Francisco for interviews that are held in late February to early March. Please visit Applying to CIIS for deadlines and other important dates.
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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 BFA) from an accredited college or university.
Academic Prerequisites: Two undergraduate psychology courses from an accredited college or university are required. They may be in progress during the application process.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
Autobiographical Statement: A five to seven page (12 pt font, double-spaced) introspective essay in which you reflect on significant childhood and adult life experiences that have affected your personal development.
Goal Statement: A one page (12 pt font, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional interests, goals or passions.
Two Letters of Recommendation: From academic advisors, professors or professional supervisors. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
Background Outline: A one page outline specifically listing your background/experience (if any) in: (1) theater/drama (2) psychology (3) human services/counseling work, and (4) creative arts therapy. If you hold a degree in any of these areas you can simply indicate that (for example, BFA in Theatre. For all other areas, list any courses, internships, work experience pertinent to that category (or indicate "none").
Interview: Individual and group interviews by invitation from the admissions committee.
Please submit all electronic materials as individual attachments (one document per submission, in .doc, or .pdf formats) to email@example.com.
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: