Apply to the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Somatic Emphasis PhD Program at CIIS
Admissions information and application requirements for applying to the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Somatic Emphasis PhD.
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 – 1 st 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.
July 15, 2020 – Final priority deadline: Submit by July 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday), Somatic Psychology, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, Women's Spirituality, and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice. These programs are also full and interviewing for waitlist only: Human Sexuality, Integrative Health Studies, and Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness.
The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space (which may fill before July 15th):
School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); and Bachelor of Science in Psychology Hybrid (BSPH)
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACC)
School of Consciousness and Transformation – Anthropology and Social Change (ANTH); Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR); East-West Psychology (EWP); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology (ITPS); Transformative Leadership (TLD); and Transformative Studies (TSD)
School of Professional Psychology and Health – Community Mental Health (CMH)
Applicants must have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution either in an area of the humanities such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or education, or in a field that is directly related to their proposed area of dissertation study.
Successful candidates for admission in the program typically have the following qualifications:
For example, some students may enter the doctoral program with a clinical licensure degree (e.g., Marriage and Family Therapist) and a practice that includes embodied or somatic work, with the goal of bringing additional expertise to their profession, depth to their practice, or becoming qualified for new professional opportunities such as teaching.
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: A bachelors and masters degree (MA, MS, or the equivalent) 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).
Goal Statement: A one-to-three page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives. Include how you will use the resources of the curriculum to advance your chosen inquiry.
Résumé: Must include a statement detailing professional and personal experience with somatic practices such as Biosynthesis, Bodynamics, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Craniosacral Therapy, Continuum, Feldenkrais, hatha yoga, massage, Rolfing, and other similar disciplines.
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.
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.
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 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. The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 passed on July 15th. For Spring 2021 applicants, the cycle will open on September 15, 2020. We will post a link at that time.
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor: