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



Applying to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) Program offers MA (online and residential) and PhD degrees, as well as graduate certificates (online and residential). Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.


MASTER OF ARTS, PHILOSOPHY, COSMOLOGY, AND CONSCIOUSNESS

The PCC MA online and residential programs have been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty have constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within the “Great Work” of our times. By engaging with transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures.

Admissions decisions are based on past academic achievement, fit with the program mission, maturity, and motivation for educational and personal development.

PCC will consider applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds, including the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, or professional degree programs.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM

Our students pursue a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary curriculum, taught by faculty who have established international reputations in such fields as cosmology, philosophy, religious studies, Jungian and transpersonal psychology, ecology, and the evolution of consciousness.

Along with the standard weekly classes, the extended PCC learning experience unfolds in a variety of settings and contexts, from the annual retreat for students, faculty, and alumni at Esalen Institute and the community social gatherings at the start of each semester, to the regular PCC Forums, symposia, and PCC sponsored conferences.

Many of our MA alumni have gone on to pursue doctoral studies or have forged careers in a wide spectrum of educational endeavors, social change organizations, and sustainability related businesses.

Click here to view MA 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: 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).

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement. A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional objectives. The goal statement should articulate what you hope to gain from your time in PCC and, if appropriate, how your time in PCC relates to your long-term personal and professional aspirations.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of five to fifteen (typed, double-spaced) pages 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.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INTEGRAL ECOLOGY

Coinciding with the launch of our online Master of Arts degree, the PCC faculty are excited to announce a new graduate-level academic certificate in Integral Ecology open to non-matriculated students. The certificate is awarded after successful completion of 12 units of approved Integral Ecology coursework.

Certificate students will be enrolled in regular PCC graduate courses attended by matriculated master's-level students and taught by PCC's world renowned faculty. Up to 12 units earned in certificate classes are transferrable to a PCC Master of Arts degree. Certificate students can enroll in online or on-campus courses.

Qualified students can decide to apply to PCC's Master of Arts degree program at any point during their certificate. Advanced undergraduates are also elligible to apply for certificates.

The Integral Ecology certificate invites students to gain a deeper theoretical understanding of the causes of the ecological crisis, develop innovative practical solutions for addressing it, and find their voice as scholar-activists committed to ecological justice and social change.

Click here to view Graduate Certificates Admission Requirements:

Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application at the link below and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.

Instructions for certificate applicants: In the "Type of Degree" menu, choose "Masters." Then in the "Program of Study" menu, choose "Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness Certificate - ..." and select the specific certificate you wish to apply for.

Degree Requirement: At least 90 semester units toward a Bachelors degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, from a regionally accredited institution.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Academic Writing Sample: A writing sample of five to fifteen (typed, double-spaced) pages 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.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Our uniquely transdisciplinary curriculum, taught by renowned faculty, stimulates both analysis and imagination. Studying the historical intersections of ideas in philosophy, science, and religion, doctoral scholars prepare to teach, publish, and take on activist roles in such areas as advocacy, sustainability, counseling and politics.

Our program fosters visionary thinking and passionate debate, beginning with our annual retreat at the renowned Esalen Institute. Throughout the year, forums, symposia, and conferences complement PCC Podiums, where doctoral students who have finalized their dissertations make presentations. The PCC faculty directs dissertations in two broad areas: Integral Ecology and Cosmology, and Archetypal and Consciousness Studies. Admission to the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness PhD program is increasingly selective.

PhD admission is independent of admission to the MA program; it requires a separate application. An applicant for the PhD must have done outstanding work at the MA level. In addition, the PhD applicant must do the following:

Given your anticipated area or areas of specialization, identify at least one PCC core faculty member who would be appropriate to serve as a mentor in the PhD program.

Show close familiarity with that faculty member's particular area of expertise.

Demonstrate the necessary preparation and motivation for specializing in that area (or areas), especially with respect to research leading to the dissertation.

Students admitted into the doctoral concentration who do not have an MA from CIIS in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness may be required to complete up to an additional 18 units of coursework (minus equivalencies) from the core section of the MA curriculum.

Click here to view PhD 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: A bachelor's and master's degree (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).

Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

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. The autobiographical statement should describe some themes or significant life events that have a direct bearing on your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement: A two-to-four page statement of your educational and professional objectives and demonstrating familiarity and alignment with at least one core faculty member's area of expertise. Explain your motivation for specialization in this area. The goal statement should articulate what you hope to gain from your time in PCC and, if appropriate, how your time in PCC relates to your long-term personal and professional aspirations.

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.

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!

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156
rwormstall@ciis.edu

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