Now accepting applications for Spring 2021! Fall 2021 applications opens November 15, 2020.

Spring 2021 Application - click here: 

Application Deadline Information for Spring 2021:

October 15th, 2020 – 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2020 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.
November 15th, 2020 - Deadline. Submit by November 15th by 11:59pm PT. Some programs may already be full. Please contact your Admissions Counselor if you miss this deadline.

The Spring 2021 applications opened on September 15th, 2020 and November 15th, 2020 is the current deadline. Fall 2021 applications will open on November 15th, 2020.

This program starts each Spring and Fall semester.

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Applying to Women's Spirituality MA or PhD

The Women's Spirituality Program offers a MA and PhD. Please visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and other important information.

MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS)

The Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice master's degree is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates a number of fields in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CIIS and demonstrate the potential to be successful in this academically rigorous program.

Successful candidates for admission into this MA program typically have the following qualifications:

  • A vision that is compatible with the program's mission
  • A commitment to personal and social transformation 
  • An ability to think critically and creatively 
  • Respect for a diversity of viewpoints 
  • Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
  • Scholarly writing skills

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) essay focused on the values, interests, life experiences, and spiritual insights that led to your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement: A one-page (typed, double-spaced) statement that clearly articulates how an MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice will serve 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.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters 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.

Doctor of Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spirituality (WSE)

The Women's Spirituality doctoral program is located at the intersection of women's/gender studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, and religion. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of CIIS and would ideally have an MA in one of the disciplines mentioned above.  For those who do not have a background in a related field, up to 18 additional units of courses drawn from the WSE curriculum will be  required, minus equivalencies. (Equivalency for university courses previously taken is determined by the WSE Admissions Committee on an individual basis.)

Successful candidates for admission into the Women's Spirituality doctoral program typically have the following qualifications:

  • A vision that is compatible with the program's mission
  • A commitment to personal and social transformation 
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively 
  • Respect for a diversity of viewpoints Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry
  • The ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goalsStrong scholarly writing skills
  • The ability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources

Click here to view PhD application requirements

Online Admissions Application: Begin by submitting a graduate application.

Non-refundable $65 Application Fee

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).

Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) essay focused on the values, interests, life experiences, and spiritual insights that led to your decision to apply to this program.

Goal Statement: A 1-2 page (typed, double-spaced) statement that clearly articulates how a PhD in our program will serve your long-term personal and professional aspirations. Please include your potential areas of research interest.

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.

Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should ideally be from professors who can attest to your scholarly writing and research abilities. If you are not able to obtain two letters from faculty, one of the letters can be from an academic advisor or professional supervisor. 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.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Violeta Krasnic
Program Coordinator
(415) 575-6255
vkrasnic@ciis.edu

$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 Diversity Scholarship application for Spring 2021 is open as of September 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020 by 11:59pm PT.

Click here to apply: Spring 2021 Diversity Scholarship Application

Contact us

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

Danielle Niakaros
(415) 575-6291
dniakaros@ciis.edu

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