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 2021:
January 15, 2021 - Deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. After this date, the Drama Therapy program may have received enough application and only consider further applications for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. After 1/15, check with the Drama Therapy admissions counselor Skylar Hall ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
February 15, 2021 - 1st priority deadline for all other programs. 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.
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.
|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)||Interdisciplinary Arts and Wriing (MFA)|
|Bachelor's of Psychology (BS) [Online only for Spring 2021]||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)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACM)||Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA)|
|East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
|Application Available||November 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.|
|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 of Arts in Interdisciplinary Study (BA)||Integrative Health Studies (MA)|
|Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BS)||Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (PhD)|
|Clinical Psychology (PsyD)||Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)|
|Community Mental Health (MA)||MFA Programs|
|Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)||Somatic Psychology (MA)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP)||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, has disbursed 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 Diversity Scholarship application deadline for Spring 2021 has passed. We anticipate offering the Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2021-2022; stay tuned for an annoucement in February 2021 for School Year 2021-2022.
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