Applying to CIIS
CIIS uses a holistic review process to evaluate applicants. We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after the priority date until all spaces are filled.
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 – Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 – 1 st 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.
August 15, 2020 - Final Priority deadline for ACTCM programs
Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online, Bachelor of Science in Psychology Hybrid, Clinical Psychology, Drama Therapy, East-West Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Human Sexuality, Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday), Somatic Psychology, Women's Spirituality, and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice
Other programs may only be interviewing for a waitlist spot at this time, such as: Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, Integrative Health Studies, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and Transformative Studies
The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space:
School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACC)
School of Consciousness and Transformation – Anthropology and Social Change (ANTH); Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology (ITPS); and Transformative Leadership (TLD)
School of Professional Psychology and Health – Community Mental Health (CMH)
Deadlines can be found below by clicking the semester you're applying for. CIIS evaluates applicants based on rolling admissions until the final application deadline. This means while we encourage you to apply by the priority deadline, we continue to accept applications until all spaces in the programs have been filled. Please contact the admissions counselor of the program for details, as some of our programs may fill up prior to the final deadline.
|Application available September 15th, 2020|
|Undergraduate & Graduate Program Application Deadline 1 (Batch 1 Review)|
|Undergraduate & Graduate
||October 15th, 2020*|
|*To guarantee consideration for admission, apply by Application Deadline 1. Applications after this date are considered on a space available basis and applications may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.
|Undergraduate & Graduate Program Application Deadline 2 (Batch 2 Review)
|Undergraduate & Graduate, and final deadline for International Students
||November 15th, 2020**|
|**If you only learn of us after these deadlines and still wish to apply, please reach out to the admissions counselor for your program to see if there is still space available.
Please note: International applicants are encouraged to submit their application close to Application Deadline 1. All admitted international students must have obtained an F-1 visa before the start of the semester.
|Spring Semester Begins||
School of Undergraduate Studies: January 4th, 2021
ACTCM: January 4th, 2021
School of Professional Psychology and Health: January 19th, 2021
School of Consciousness and Transformation: January 19th, 2021
|The following programs will be accepting applications for the 2021 Spring Semester:|
|Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)||Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Post-Graduate Doctorate (DAOM)|
|Bachelor's of Psychology (BS)||Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)|
|Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)||Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)||Integral Counseling Psychology Weekday Program (MA)|
|Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt)||Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA)|
|East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
|Application Available||September 15th, 2020|
|Drama Therapy (MA) - Deadline (Final)
||January 15th, 2021|
All Other Programs:
|February 15th, 2021*|
|* To guarantee consideration for admission, apply by the Priority Application Deadline. Applications after this date are considered on a space-available-basis only and applications may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.|
Graduate & Undergraduate Programs
|April 15th, 2021|
All programs - additional deadlines:
March 15, 2021 – 2nd Priority deadline: Submit by March 15th @ 11:59pm PST.
|Fall Semester Begins
School of Professional Psychology and Health: August 26th, 2021
School of Consciousness and Transformation: August 26th, 2021
School of Undergraduate Studies: August 26th, 2021
ACTCM: August 26th, 2021
|All of our programs accept applications for the fall. Programs with earlier deadlines are noted above.|
Please see your program’s "Apply" page for the specific list of materials to include in your application. Expand the box below to find links to each of our program's apply pages for specific application requirements and supporting materials.
International applicants have additional requirements and should visit the International Students page for additional details.
Click on the program name below to find the program specific application requirements and supporting materials needed.
|Human Sexuality (PhD)|
|Anthropology and Social Change (MA, PhD)||Integral Counseling Psychology (MA)|
|Bachelor's Completion Programs (BA)||Integrative Health Studies (MA)|
|Clinical Psychology (PsyD)||Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (PhD)|
|Community Mental Health (MA)||Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)|
|Drama Therapy (MA)||MFA Programs|
|Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|DACMt||Somatic Psychology (MA)|
|Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)||Transformative Leadership (MA)|
|East West Psychology (MA, PhD)||Transformative Studies (PhD)|
|Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)||Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice (MA)|
|Expressive Arts Therapy (MA)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
Start your online application by clicking the spring or fall application links above. There is a non-refundable $65 application fee payable online upon submitting your application.
When submitting your materials, please make sure that all materials clearly state your full name. We recommend utilizing headers and page numbers (if needed) to maintain the order of your documents. Please allow 5 business days for processing. Please check your programs apply page above for the specific application requirements.
We require official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions attended, regardless of whether or not you received a degree. This includes all transcripts from any institution where you have earned 7 or more units and transcripts from any schools that appear on your degree conferral transcript. Be sure to mention on your application if your transcript is listed under a different name.
All transcripts from schools outside the United States and Canada must be sent, at the applicant's expense, to World Education Services (WES) foreign credential evaluation service. A course-by-course report* is required for all programs and will be used in lieu of the CIIS application requirement for original transcripts. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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