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.
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||November 15, 2016|
|Priority Application Deadlines|
||June 1st, 2017|
|Drama Therapy (MA)||January 15, 2017|
|All Other Graduate Programs||February 15th, 2017|
|Final Application Deadlines
|International Students*||June 1st, 2017|
|BA & MA/MFA Accelerated Track||July 25th, 2017|
|East West Psychology||July 25th, 2017|
|Integral Counseling Psychology||July 15th, 2017|
|Integral Counseling Psychology Weekend
||July 15th, 2017|
|All Other Programs||August 1st, 2017|
|Fall Semester Begins
School of Professional Psychology and Health: August 24th, 2017
School of Consciousness and Transformation: August 24th, 2017
School of Undergraduate Studies: August 31st, 2017
ACTCM: August 31st, 2017
|*International applicants are encouraged to submit their application close to the priority deadline. All admitted international students must have obtained an F-1 visa before the start of the semester and attend the summer bridge program in mid-August.|
|All of our programs accept applications for the fall. Programs with earlier deadlines are noted above.|
|Application available August 30th, 2017|
|Priority Application Deadlines|
|Undergraduate||October 15th, 2017|
|Graduate||October 15th, 2017|
|Final Application Deadlines|
|Undergraduate Final Deadline||December 4th, 2017|
|Graduate Final Deadline||December 4th, 2017|
|Spring Semester Begins||
School of Undergraduate Studies: January 8th, 2018
ACTCM: January 8th, 2018
School of Professional Psychology and Health: January 16th, 2018
School of Consciousness and Transformation: January 16th, 2018
|*International applicants are encouraged to submit their application close to the priority deadline. All admitted international students must have obtained an F-1 visa before the start of the semester.|
|The following programs will be accepting applications for the 2018 Spring Semester:|
|Asian Philosophies and Cultures (MA, PhD)||Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)|
|Bachelor's Completion (BA)||Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)|
|Clinical Psychology (PsyD)||Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD)|
|Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA)||Integral Counseling Psychology (MA)|
|Community Mental Health (MA)||Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA)|
|Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)||Women's Spirituality (PhD)|
|Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACMt)||Writing and Consciousness (MFA)|
|East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)|
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering twenty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. 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.
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.
|Anthropology and Social Change (MA, PhD)||Human Sexuality (PhD)|
|Asian Philosophies and Cultures (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 undergraduate or graduate application link 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 2-3 business days for processing. Please check your programs apply page above for the specific application requirements.
Please submit your supporting materials by sending a separate email for each attachment (in .doc, or .pdf formats) rather than bundling all attachments in one email. Please email each attachment in a separate email (ideally with an abbreviation of your program's name, your name, and the title of the material in the subject line of the email) to
While we encourage applicants to submit their supporting materials electronically, if you'd prefer to send hard copies please send them to:
ACTCM at CIIS
Step 3: Submit Your Official Transcripts
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.
US and Canadian transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes and can be sent to:
ACTCM at CIIS
Electronic transcripts sent directly from your academic institution can be sent to:
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 from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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:
Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a User ID and password for your 'MyCIIS' account via email, provided you have not previously received one. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing your application. Using your new CIIS ID and password, you can log in and check on the status of your application. Please contact Portal Help if you do not receive log-in details. When emailing Portal Help, it's useful to include your full name, date of birth, zip code, name of the program you are applying to and the email address you used to submit the application. Forgot your Username or Password?
We're here to help! If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact the admissions office at 415-575-6154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.