Apply to the Human Sexuality PhD Program
Admissions information and application requirements for applying to the Human Sexuality program.
Applications for Fall 2020 are open: Click here to apply
This program starts each fall semester.
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 – 1st Priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 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.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd Priority deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST.
April 15, 2020 – 3rd Priority deadline: Submit by April 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
May 15, 2020 – 4th Priority deadline: Submit by May 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
June 15, 2020 – 5th Priority deadline: Submit by June 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology. Other programs may only be interviewing for a waitlist spot at this time, such as: Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy program and Clinical Psychology program.
The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space (which may fill before June 15th):
School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); and Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSPSY)
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP); Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: First Professional Doctorate (DACM); and Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Master’s Degree (MSTCM)
School of Consciousness and Transformation – Anthropology and Social Change (ANTH); Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR); East-West Psychology (EWP); MFA, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); Human Sexuality (HSX); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology (ITPS); Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness – both in-person and online (PCC); Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS); Women’s Spirituality (WSE); Transformative Leadership (TLD); and Transformative Studies (TSD)
School of Professional Psychology and Health – Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Community Mental Health (CMH); and Integrative Health Studies (IHL)
Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.
Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.
Degree Requirement: This program is open to all applicants who have completed a master's program from a regionally accredited institution.
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).
Admissions Essay: A 500 word (typed, single-spaced) statement that answers: How does studying human sexuality contribute to social justice?
Goal Statement: A 500 word (typed, single-spaced) statement of your educational goals including your potential dissertation topic and the scholars (CIIS Human Sexuality Faculty or other scholars) you would like to work with on this project. Please also consider answering where you see yourself professionally after you graduate with this doctoral degree.
Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter must be from an academic reference and one letter must come from a professional reference. Recommendations should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address. If applicant has been out of school for more than 5 years, two letters may be submitted from professional references.
Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample 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 final project paper, an academic paper, article, or report that reflects scholarly abilities.
Interview: After an applicant submits a complete online application and all supplemental documents are received, the Human Sexuality Department will review the application materials and will conduct interviews with viable candidates.
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.
For students with an international academic history, please follow these steps for your foreign credential evaluation (e.g. WES – World Education Services):
Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.
For degrees earned outside of the United States or Canada, we will need a foreign credential evaluation. You, the applicant, need to initiate and request this, at your own expense, through a CIIS-approved foreign credential evaluation provider.
CIIS favors foreign credential evaluations provided by WES – World Education Services, and specifically the course-by-course-report. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
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).
The foreign credential evaluation is used in lieu of sending original transcripts from abroad to CIIS. Original or notarized copies of the transcripts should only be sent to the foreign credential provider, per the foreign credential provider's instructions; there is no need to send these to CIIS!
When requesting the foreign credential evaluation, choose the appropriate degrees to be evaluated for the degree that you are applying for. If applying for a PhD at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA and MA must be evaluated. If applying for an MA at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA must be evaluated.
If you have studied abroad as part of a degree received in the United States or Canada (i.e. transfer credits from abroad), no WES evaluation is needed - provided these units are showing on your US/Canadian degree transcript. If you wish to receive transfer units for any courses earned outside of the United States/Canada that are not showing on a US/Canadian degree transcript, we do need a foreign credential evaluation for these courses.
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. 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 for the Fall 2020 semester by June 15, 2020 via this application link below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!
We are offering five different types of Diversity Scholarships:
All eligibility rules and application instructions are on the form:
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor: