Applying to Integrative Health Studies
This two-year, nonclinical program attracts passionate people who have a clear commitment to bridging Western biomedicine and Eastern alternative/complementary approaches to treatment. Your work in this program combines intellectually rigorous courses with applied learning through internships and embodied practice.
In addition to developing theoretical knowledge, you acquire practical skills, including a special focus on integrative wellness coaching. Graduates work in private practice, hospitals and clinics, wellness programs, and international nongovernmental organizations.
California Institute of Integral Studies actively seeks a diverse student body, one whose varied backgrounds, experiences, and interests help cultivate a rich and rewarding educational experience for all.
Decisions regarding admission are based on consideration of the applicant's potential for success in the chosen field of study based upon past academic/professional achievement, maturity, and motivation for educational and personal development and the congruence of the applicant's interests with the philosophy and purpose of the program and Institute.
Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively.
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Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.
Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, 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).
Personal Goal Statement: 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced). Please discuss the following:
- What impact would you like to have in the world with this degree?
- What personal and professional goals do you have that this degree can support?
- How would you like to apply a Masters in Integrative Health?
- Where can you see yourself working?
Autobiographical Statement: 4-6 pages (typed, double-spaced) Let us know your background, your academic and experiential training, and major events that shaped who you are today. Outline what you have been through, what you have done, the values you learned, and the connection you have to what you want to learn. The following questions can serve to help prompt that basic aim.
- What makes you passionate about integrative health and wellness?
- How do your experiences (e.g., professional work, education, volunteering) so far inform your interest and future goals?
- How have your background, academic and experiential training, and major life events shaped your decision to pursue a degree in Integrative Health?
- What personal values will you bring to the field of integrative health and wellness?
Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation that speak to your academic and/or professional experience. The letters are preferably from a professional or academic in the field of integrative health or people who can speak to your ability to complete graduate work. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information on the letter- name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
Fall 2021 Applications are now closed.
Fall 2022 Applications will open on November 15, 2021
Apply Deadlines for Fall 2021:
January 15, 2021 - Deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review.
February 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for all other 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.
July 15, 2021 - Final deadline. Submit by July 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for programs that are still accepting applications.
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):
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. The Diversity Scholarship priority application deadline for Fall 2021 was July 15, 2021 at 8:59pm PT.
Since the Fall 2021 deadline has passed, please check back in September for the application deadline for students applying to start a new degree program in Spring 2022.
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