Apply by November 15th for a chance at the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship

In order to be eligible for consideration for the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship, applicants need to submit a complete application by November 15. For details on how to apply to the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship, please see bottom of the page. This $5,000 scholarship is in addition to other scholarships a student may be eligible for.

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.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

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.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

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.

$5,000 Diversity Scholarship for Spring 2018

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering twenty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. Apply by November 15, 2017 for the spring 2018 semester by submitting the application below to admissions@ciis.edu. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

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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