Applying for an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology
Each prospective student will need to submit the following materials:
Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.
An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution is a prerequisite for this program. We require official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions attended, regardless of whether or not you received a degree. This includes transfer credits from institutions where you have earned 7 or more units.
US and Canadian transcripts, if not submitted electronically, must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
All transcripts from schools outside the United States and Canada must be sent, at the applicant's expense, to World Education Services (WES) foreign credential evaluation service or through any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course report* is required for all programs and will be used in lieu of the CIIS application requirement for original transcripts. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
A minimum 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.
Submit the following documents (as Word doc or PDF):
- Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement describing your personal values, emotional and spiritual insights, and meaningful life experiences that are foundational to your development and that led to your decision to apply.
- Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your professional goals and objectives that demonstrates your commitment to the field of integral counseling.
- 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 in the body of the letter.
Our Integral Counseling Psychology program seeks individuals who:
- have some background or interest in integral/East-West philosophy and psychology
- are pursuing a path of personal growth (e.g. yoga, meditation, psychotherapy)
- have demonstrated a capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively
- show a demonstrated commitment to the field (e.g. volunteer or paid experience in a psychologically-oriented community service agency)
International applicants and North American students who studied abroad are subject to additional requirements.
Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.
The Diversity Scholarship for Spring 2022 is now open. Apply now!
Spring and Fall 2022 applications are open for ICP!
Spring 2022 applications are open as of September 15, 2021
Application Deadlines for Spring 2022:
October 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT 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.
November 15, 2021 - 2nd deadline. Please submit by November 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for review.
Please note the ICP weekend program does not accept applications for a spring start - only the ICP weekday program has a spring start.
Fall 2022 applications are open as of November 15, 2021
Apply Deadlines for Fall 2022:
February 15, 2022 - 1st Priority deadline for ICP programs. Submit by February 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT. 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.
Apply now at apply.ciis.edu/apply
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):
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.
Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2021-2022.
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, will disburse forty-six $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. 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 Deadlines for Spring 2022:
October 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2021 at 8:59pm PT.
November 15, 2021 - 2nd deadline. Please submit by November 15th, 2021 at 8:59pm PT.
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