COVID-19 Update from the Program

For Fall 2020, all classes will be virtualized. There will be no on-campus meetings. The situation for Spring is undecided. EWP and CIIS are following current medical guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As of last semester, all faculty did a terrific job of modifying their courses to accommodate students participating virtually. If any questions, please contact Stephen Julich at sjulich@ciis.edu

Now accepting applications for Spring 2021! Fall 2021 applications opened on November 15, 2020.

Spring and Fall 2021 Application - click here

Application Deadline Information for Spring 2021:

October 15, 2020 – 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th 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.
November 15, 2020Deadline. Submit by November 15th by 11:59pm PT. Some programs may already be full.
December 1, 2020 - Final deadline. Submit by December 1st by 11:59pm PT. Please note the Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program is already full.  Please contact your Admissions Counselor  if you miss this deadline.

Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:

January 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th 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. 
February 15, 2021 - 1st priority deadline for all other programs. Submit by February 15th 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.

The East-West Psychology program offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders in cross-cultural relations that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Graduates create positive and sustainable paradigms in global and personal change. Our program offers the following paths of study:

Courses are cross-disciplinary and include academic inquiry of systems, spiritual traditions, and psychological teachings. Our program explores the interface of psychology and spirituality, including:

  • Transpersonal and integral psychology
  • Asian psychologies
  • Modern consciousness studies
  • Participatory spirituality
  • Depth psychology (Jungian, archetypal, and psychoanalytic)
  • Contemplative psychology
  • Religious comparative studies
  • Shamanic studies
  • Ecopsychology

Welcome from chair Debashish Banerji, PhD

The dialogue of East and West, a dialogue of civilizations, formed one of the founding inspirations of CIIS and has never been more relevant than in our present era of rapid globalization. East–West psychology addresses this dialogue at the level of human communication and transformation, aiming at an integral understanding. Apart from the interchange of civilizations, East–West psychology also includes the dialogue with indigenous modalities of knowledge and becoming. In our programs, Jungian and other alternative psychologies, contemplative methods, wisdom traditions, shamanic epistemologies, and forms of psycho-spiritual practice are engaged through a strong foundation in theoretical and qualitative research. Our faculty are leading edge and our courses are paradigm changing.

If you are interested in a future as a counselor, writer, academician, life-coach, or other professional utilizing a deep study of human potential and intercultural transformative means, our program may be the place for you. Please explore these pages to learn more about our faculty and students and graduates. You may also like us on Facebook, attend an info session, or contact us directly with your questions. We would love to talk with you about the graduate education that aligns with what your soul desires.

Questions about admissions or our program?

Admissions Counselor:
Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156| rwormstall@ciis.edu

Program Manager:
Stephen Julich, PhD
(415) 575-6189| ewp@ciis.edu

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