Fall 2022 Applications are open as of November 15, 2021
February 15, 2022 - 1st priority deadline. Submit by February 15th at 11:59pm PT 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, 2022 - 2nd application deadline: pending program space availability. Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.
April 15, 2022 - 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. Applications will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.
May 15, 2022 - 4th application deadline for programs still accepting applications (after the Feb 15th priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online application and paying the non-refundable $65 application fee.
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: 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.
Transfer Credit Requirements: 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 Education 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 the School of Undergraduate Studies for an unofficial transcript evaluation at email@example.com.
Letter of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your academic abilities or preparedness (preferred), or your work/professional experience. The letter should not be from a close friend, family member, or therapist.
Admissions Essay: One essay is required per application. Submit an essay (five-to-seven pages typed, double-spaced) that incorporates discussion of the following:
- How this program is a good fit for you
- 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.
- Your goals and expectations for yourself in the program
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 two-to-three weeks time for faculty to contact you to schedule an interview.
View Intensive & Hybrid Format Weekend Dates
Online Format (Intensive Dates):
Students in the online format will engage in a core curriculum that consists of two days in-person intensive to begin each semester. Following the intensive, all learning is done online via our online Learning Management System, Canvas. All online classes allow students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions begun at the intensives.
|Spring 2022||January 8, 2022 - January 9, 2022|
|Summer 2022||May 7, 2022 - May 8, 2022|
|Fall 2021||September 3, 2022 - September 4, 2022|
Hybrid Format (Weekend Dates):
Students in the hybrid format will engage in a core curriculum through in-person class meetings over four weekends each semester. In addition to in-person class meetings, learning is done online via our online Learning Management System, Canvas. All online classes allow students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions that they began during class meetings.
September 4, 2021 - September 5, 2021
January 15, 2022 - January 16, 2022
May 14, 2022 - May 15, 2022