Apply for the Diversity Scholarship for the fall 2018 semester by March 15, 2018 (Grad), May 15, 2018 (Undergrad) and July 1, 2018 (students of color and men of color) . See below for more details and application form.

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. A link to the online undergraduate application can be found below. 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. 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 and a maximum of 81 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


Step 3: Admissions Essay

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

  • Experiences that shaped their desire to continue or return to college now
  • Personal interest in a degree in Psychology
  • Preparedness to work in an online program
  • Experiences that have prepared applicant to work in a collaborative learning community
  • How the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program is a good fit for the applicant
  • Applicant’s goals and expectations for their experience 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. Letters can be submitted by email to materials@ciis.edu as a PDF or Word file attachment.


Additional requirements:

One General Introductory Psychology Course (3 units)


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.

$5,000 Diversity Scholarship for Fall 2018

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering thirty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2018-2019. 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 2018 semester by March 15, 2018 (Grad), May 15, 2018 (Undergrad), and July 1, 2018 (students of color and men of color)  by submitting the application below to admissions@ciis.edu. 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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