These programs are now full and are no longer accepting applications

As of March 15, 2020 the ICP and ICPW programs are no longer accepting applications. These programs are full and also have a full waitlist.

The ICP Weekday program starts each fall and spring semester. The ICP Weekend program starts only in the fall.

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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:

January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First 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.
August 15, 2020 - Final Priority deadline for ACTCM program

Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Clinical Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday), Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, Somatic Psychology, Women's Spirituality, and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice.

Other programs may only be interviewing for a waitlist spot at this time, such as: Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online, Drama Therapy, Human Sexuality, Integrative Health Studies, and the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness programs.

The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space:

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)

The Spring 2021 applications will open on September 15th, 2020 and October 15th, 2020 is the priority deadline.

Applying to Integral Counseling Psychology

The 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)

Please follow the following steps to apply for the ICP program. 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.

Step One

Submit a Graduate Application for Admission, which includes a non-refundable $65 application fee.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

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.
  • Resume
  • 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.

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 2020-2021

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.

Contact us

For any additional admissions questions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Lily Ritchie
(415) 575-6152
lritchie@ciis.edu

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