Apply for the Diversity Scholarship for the fall 2019 semester by July 15, 2019. See below for more details and application form.

Please click below to start an application!

Apply for >> Fall 2019 <<

This program starts each fall semester.

You are able to submit your entire application online, save for the transcripts.

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)
May 15, 2019 - Final priority application deadline for programs still accepting applications.
June 15, 2019 - Extension deadline for programs still accepting applications.
August 1, 2019 - Final deadline. Many of our programs are full and will no longer be accepting applications for Fall 2019.
The following programs still are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019:

  • Integrative Health Studies (MA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: First Professional Doctorate (DACM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Master's Degree (MSTCM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Post-Graduate Doctorate (DAOM)
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Transitional Doctorate
  • Anthropology and Social Change (MA, PhD)
  • Ecology, Spirituality and Religion (MA, PhD)
  • East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing (MFA)
  • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)
  • Transformative Leadership (MA)
  • Transformative Studies (PhD)
  • Human Sexuality (PhD) - nearly full



Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.

Click here to view application requirements

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).

Statement of Purpose: A 500 word (typed, single-spaced) statement answering the following question - How does studying Human Sexuality advance social justice?

Goal Statement: A 500 word (typed, single-spaced) statement of your educational goals including your potential dissertation topic.

Resume/CV

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.

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.

Foreign Credential Evaluation

For students with an international academic history, please follow these steps for your foreign credential evaluation (e.g. WES – World Education Services):

  1. Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'.

  4. 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).

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2019-2020

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 2019-2020. 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 2019 semester by July 15, 2019 via this application link below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

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Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155
shall@ciis.edu

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