Apply for Spring 2020

The following programs are currently accepting applications for Spring 2020:

School of Undergraduate Studies:
Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Bachelor's of Science in Psychology

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
All programs

School of Professional Psychology and Health:
Community Mental Health
Integral Counseling Psychology Weekday Program

School of Consciousness and Transformation:
East-West Psychology (MA, PhD)
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA, PhD)
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA, PhD; In-person and online)
Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA)
Women's Spirituality (PhD)

Once applications are open, you are able to submit your  entire application online , save for the transcripts.

Transcripts should be either emailed or mailed to the CIIS Admissions Office. If emailing transcripts, please send to If mailing, please send to:

1453 Mission St.
Admissions Office
San Francisco, CA 94103

Application Deadline Information for Spring 2020:

October 15, 2019 - Priority deadline for all programs starting Spring 2020
November 15, 2020 - Extended deadline: Applications after this date will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.

Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020 (applications open November 15, 2019):

January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 15th for guaranteed review.

Application Deadlines

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.

Spring 2020 Semester Deadlines

Application available August 30th, 2019
Undergraduate & Graduate Program Application Deadline 1 (Batch 1 Review)
Undergraduate & Graduate
October 15th, 2019*
*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, 2019**
**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 6th, 2020

ACTCM: January 6th, 2020

School of Professional Psychology and Health: January 21st, 2020

School of Consciousness and Transformation: January 21st, 2020

The following programs will be accepting applications for the 2020 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)
Community Mental Health (MA) 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)
Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)

Application Requirements

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.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

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.

Step 2: Submit Your Supporting Materials

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.

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.

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.

English Language Proficiency Test Report

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:


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