Please Note: There are different application instructions depending on which semester you are applying to. Please carefully follow the instructions in the appropriate column below.

Apply for
Spring 2019

 

Apply for
Fall 2019

As a first step, fill out the application online by clicking on the Spring 2019 link above.

If you are applying to CIIS for Spring 2019, please email all materials to materials@ciis.edu. Transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the CIIS Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to materials@ciis.edu. If mailing, please send to:

1453 Mission St.
Admissions Office
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you are applying to ACTCM for Spring 2019, please email all materials to ACTCMadmissions@ciis.edu. Transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the ACTCM Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to ACTCMadmissions@ciis.edu. If mailing, please send to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Application Deadline Information:

Please contact your Admissions Counselor to determine if there is still space in your program of choice.

Beginning November 15, 2018, you will be able to submit your entire application online, save for the transcripts. As a first step, fill out the application online by clicking on the Fall 2019 link above.

If you are applying to CIIS or ACTCM for Fall 2019, transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the CIIS Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to materials@ciis.edu. If mailing, please send to:

1453 Mission St.
Admissions Office
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 East West Psychology

The East West Psychology Program offers a MA, and a PhD. Application requirements for each degree can be found below. Please visit Applying to CIIS to learn more about the application process.


Master of Arts

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CIIS and submit an outstanding academic writing sample. Applicants need not have an undergraduate major in psychology, but a strong interest in psychology and an interdisciplinary orientation are assumed.

Students with insufficient background in psychology may be required by the EWP Admission Committee to take additional courses as prerequisites to the MA. These courses are drawn from the EWP programs or other Institute programs.

Successful candidates for admission into the East-West Psychology MA program typically have the following qualifications:

  • A vision that is compatible with the program's mission
  • A path of personal and/or spiritual growth
  • Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
  • Respect for a diversity of viewpoints
  • The ability to clearly articulate their educational and professional goals
  • Basic scholarly writing skills
  • The ability to identify a prospective specialization that is consistent with the program's mission and resources.

In this two-year program, students design their own curriculum, area of specialization and psychospiritual sequence, pursuing their studies at an institute that honors both intellectual inquiry and personal transformation.

In addition to a broad spectrum of courses, students take part in an Integrative Seminar, where each individual develops an action plan for postgraduate work.

This broad, multidisciplinary foundation, which encompasses psychospirituality, ecology, and multicultural traditions, prepares students to work at the crossroads of these traditions.

For example, recent graduates have launched the first graduate program in transpersonal psychology academically recognized in Mexico, maintain private practices, lecture, curate exhibitions, and facilitate workshops.

Click here to view MA application requirements

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 an accredited college or university.

Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended where 7 or more credits have been earned. If transcripts are being mailed to CIIS, they must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES) or CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.

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 ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.


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

Doctor of East-West Psychology

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CIIS and have an MA in East-West Psychology or its equivalent.

For those who do not have a background in East-West Psychology, up to 15 units of courses drawn from the EWP core requirements and directed electives will be required, minus equivalencies (equivalency for graduate courses previously taken is determined by the EWP Admissions Committee on an individual basis).

Successful candidates for admission into the EWP doctoral program typically have the following qualifications:

  • A vision that is compatible with the program's mission and interdisciplinary nature
  • A path of personal and/or spiritual growth
  • Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
  • Respect for a diversity of viewpoints
  • An openness to multiple ways of knowing and whole-person learning
  • The ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goals
  • Outstanding scholarly writing skills
  • The ability to clearly articulate their educational and professional goals
  • The ability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources

The breadth and depth of this program foster professional leadership and distinctive research, including such dissertation topics as lucid dreaming, the individuation process, the development of ecological selfhood, and psychospiritual responses to trauma.

Recent graduates teach, publish, lecture internationally, maintain private practices and have cofounded the Latin American Association for Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology.

Our graduates' publications include:

The Helping Professional's Guide to End-of-Life Care: Practical Tools for Emotional, Social, & Spiritual Support for the Dying. (New Harbinger Publications, 2012) by Alessandra Strada Ph.D.

Emerging Earth: The Revealed Philosophy of the Evolution of Consciousness (SUNY Press, 2009) by Craig Bowman, Ph.D. '06

So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Addresses a World in Crisis (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) co-edited by Tina Fields, Ph.D. '01

Relational Sandplay Therapy (Mustard Seed Press, 2005) by Linda Cunningham, Ph.D. '05

Click here to view PhD application requirements

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: A master's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended where 7 or more credits have been earned. If transcripts are being mailed to CIIS, they must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES) or CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement discussing your values, emotional and spiritual insights, aspirations, and life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.

Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives.

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.


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:

Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156
rwormstall@ciis.edu

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