Apply now for Fall 2020!

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2020: Click here to apply

This program starts each Spring and Fall semester.

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Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:

January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First 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.
July 15, 2020 - Final priority Deadline: Submit by July 15 @ 11:59pm PST.

The Spring 2021 applications will open on September 15th, 2020 and October 15th, 2020 is the priority deadline.

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

School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); Bachelor of Science in Psychology Hybrid (BSPH); and accepting for waitlist only: Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online (BSPSY)


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. 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, often you'll be able to take them as elective courses while enrolled in the program at CIIS.

  • 3 units of college level math
  • 9 units of humanities and art
  • 6 units of natural sciences
  • 6 units of expository writing
  • 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 dmurillo@ciis.edu

International Student Requirements

  1. English Language Proficiency Test Report

Applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an English language proficiency score. Exceptions are made for students who have earned their Bachelor of Arts degree from English language universities. Admission to CIIS requires a minimum score for one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: 80 test score.
    TOEFL is an Internet-based test. The CIIS TOEFL code is 4807. Visit the TOEFL website.
  • IELTS 6.0 band score
    Visit the IELTS website

 

  1. International 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 formatfrom 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 2020-2021. To apply for the fall 2020 semester, submit an application by March 15, 2020.

$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 deadline to apply for Fall 2020 passed on July 15th. For Spring 2021 applicants, the cycle will open on September 15, 2020. We will post a link at that time.

Contact us

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

Desiree Murillo
(415) 655-5577
dmurillo@ciis.edu

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