Apply to the Somatic Psychology Program at CIIS
Admissions information and application requirements for applying to the Somatic Psychology program.
This program starts each fall semester.
Beginning November 15, 2018, you will be able to submit your entire application online, save for the transcripts.
If you are applying for Fall 2019, transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the CIIS Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing, please send to:
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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)
The Somatic Psychology program seeks highly motivated, creative, and mature students who have demonstrated a strong interest in work with somatic understandings.
While this includes work in literature, humanities, and the social sciences, it is useful for prospective students to have had training in various somatic approaches, such as massage therapy, Feldenkrais, the Alexander technique, bioenergetics, Rosen work, massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, martial arts, dance, yoga, yoga therapy, or meditation.
Given the experiential dimension of the program, it is necessary that applicants be emotionally stable. Students must be able to cope with both the strong feelings that often emerge from somatic experiential work and the rigors of intellectual work.
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: 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: In four to six pages (typed, double-spaced), discuss childhood and early family experiences, and significant educational, sociocultural, or personally meaningful experiences in your later development. Describe the life experiences that led to your decision to apply to the program. Please include your current somatic practices.
Statement of Purpose: Include a one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of what you imagine that your professional life might look like in 10 years, including how your practice might be structured, how the somatics component might be present, and any other items such as research and other aspects of personal and professional development.
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.
The program conducts both individual and group interviews. The goal of the interviews is to ensure that there is a good fit between the student and the program, and that the student can make good use of the program's curriculum and pedagogies.
A familiarity with the field of Somatics and demonstrated experience in specific somatic modalities, such as yoga, dance, massage therapy, martial arts, Somatic Psychotherapy, and other bodywork methods is preferable.
For any additional admissions questions, please contact our admissions counselor: