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Applications for Fall 2020 are open: Click here to apply

This program starts each fall semester.

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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:

January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 – 1st 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.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd Priority deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST.
April 15, 2020 – 3rd Priority deadline: Submit by April 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
May 15, 2020 – 4th Priority deadline: Submit by May 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
June 15, 2020 – 5th Priority deadline: Submit by June 15 @ 11:59pm PST. Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday) and Somatic Psychology. Other programs may only be interviewing for a waitlist spot at this time, such as: Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy program and Clinical Psychology program.

The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space (which may fill before June 15th):

School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); and Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSPSY)

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP); Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: First Professional Doctorate (DACM); and Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Master’s Degree (MSTCM)

School of Consciousness and Transformation – Anthropology and Social Change (ANTH); Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR); East-West Psychology (EWP); MFA, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); Human Sexuality (HSX); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology (ITPS); Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness – both in-person and online (PCC); Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS); Women’s Spirituality (WSE); Transformative Leadership (TLD); and Transformative Studies (TSD)

School of Professional Psychology and Health – Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Community Mental Health (CMH); and Integrative Health Studies (IHL)


All Somatic Psychology applications received by February 15, 2020 will be notified by April 1, 2020 of their admissions offer status.

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.

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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).

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.

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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.

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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Interviews
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.

Somatics Background
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.

$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. Apply for the Fall 2020 semester by June 15, 2020 via this application link below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

We are offering five different types of Diversity Scholarships:

  • People of Color Scholarship
  • Men of Color Scholarship
  • First Generation College Student Scholarship
  • LGBTQIA Scholarship
  • Diversity Scholarship

All eligibility rules and application instructions are on the form:

Contact us

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

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

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