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This program starts each Spring and Fall semester.

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Application Deadline Information for Spring 2020:
October 15, 2019 - Priority deadline for Spring 2020
November 15, 2020 - Extended deadline: Applications after this date will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline. If you miss this deadline please contact your Admissions Counselor

Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
February 15, 2020 - Priority deadline (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.

Admissions Requirements

Please follow the steps below to apply today! Visit Applying to CIIS for application deadlines and additional information.

Step 1: Online Application

Begin by submitting your online application. Please note that there is a $65, non-refundable application fee.


Step 2: Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. If not sent electronically, transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts can be mailed to 1453 Mission Street. San Francisco, CA 94103.

To be eligible for admissions, applicants must have completed a minimum of 54 transferable semester units. Of those 54 transferable semester units, applicants must have completed the minimum general education requirements below. General education requirements are designed to give you a broad background in various disciplines. Learn more about what constitutes transferable units.

General Educations Requirements: 
The completion of the following fields is not a prerequisite to enter the program, but rather an assessment of general education requirements necessary for graduation.  We encourage you to meet as many of these requirements before entering the program, however, if you are lacking units in one of these subjects, you'll be able to take them as elective courses while enrolled in the program at CIIS.

  • 3 units of college level math
  • 3 units of experiential art
  • 6 units of natural sciences
  • 6 units of expository writing
  • 6 units of humanities
  • 9 units of social sciences
  • 3 units of oral communications

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, you can email your unofficial transcripts to School of Undergraduate Studies for an unofficial transcript evaluation at mfrancis@ciis.edu

Foreign Undergraduate 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 credits 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. If you have studied abroad as part of credits 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 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 transcript, we do need a foreign credential evaluation for these courses.


Step 3: Admissions Essay

Submit an essay (five to seven pages typed, double-spaced) that incorporates discussion of the following:

  • Experiences that shaped your desire to return to college now.
  • Your interest in majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Experiences that have prepared you to work in a collaborative learning community.
  • How the Bachelor of Arts Completion program (BAC) is a good fit for you.
  • Your goals and expectations for yourself in the program.


Step 4: Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should come from people who can speak directly to your ability to successfully undertake the program you wish to pursue (e.g. academic advisers, professors, professional supervisors, etc.) Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.


Pre- Admissions Interview

Once the office of admissions receives a complete application, successful candidates will go onto faculty review (you will receive an email when this happens). At that point, the department will contact you for an interview if they find you a viable candidate. Please allow 2-3 weeks time for faculty to contact you to schedule an interview. 

Undergraduate Scholarships

Undergraduate Single Parents Scholarship

In line with CIIS's deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and advocating social justice, the university is offering four $2,500 scholarships to newly admitted undergraduate students that identify as a single parent of a dependent child, for the academic year 2019-2020. To apply for the spring 2020 semester, submit an application by Dec 1, 2019.

Undergraduate LGBTQI Scholarship

In line with CIIS's deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and advocating social justice, the university is offering four $2,500 scholarships to newly admitted undergraduate students that identify as LGBTQI (who are historically underrepresented in higher education), for the academic year 2019-2020. To apply for the spring 2020 semester, submit an application by Dec 1, 2019.

$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 Spring 2020 semester by December 1, 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:

Mahesh Francis
(415) 575-6227
mfrancis@ciis.edu

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