Deadlines can be found below. Several of our programs fill by the priority application deadline, so we encourage all applicants to apply by the priority deadline. CIIS evaluates applicants based on rolling admissions until all slots are filled or until the final application deadline (whichever comes first). Please contact the admissions counselor of the program for details, as many of our programs will fill up prior to the final deadline. For Fall 2021 deadlines see below.
Spring 2022 deadlines are as follows:
- September 15, 2021: The application cycle opens.
- October 15, 2021: First application deadline; apply by this date for guaranteed review. Some programs may be full after this deadline passes.
Programs Offered in Fall and Spring
Some of our programs start in Fall and Spring, while others are offered in Fall only. Find out more about it here.
Fall 2021: Limited spaces in select programs still available!
Apply for Fall 2021
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:
January 15, 2021 - Deadline for Drama Therapy.
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.
March 15, 2021 - 2nd Priority deadline.
April 15, 2021 - 3rd deadline.
May 15, 2021 - 4th deadline.
June 15, 2021 - 5th deadline.
July 15, 2021 - Final deadline. Sumbit by July 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for programs that are still accepting applications.
August 15, 2021 - Select programs will still consider applications on a space-available basis.
Please note: the following programs are full and no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021: Clinical Psychology (PsyD), Drama Therapy (MA), Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (MA and PhD), Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (PhD regular track full; ITPS concentration still accepting applications), Integral Counseling Psychology (MA both weekday and weekend track), Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (MA and PhD), Somatic Psychology (MA), Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (MA), and Women's Spirituality (PhD).
Please also note: the following programs are full and are now interviewing for waitlist spots only for Fall 2021: Community Mental Health (MA), East West Psychology (MA and PhD), and East-West Psychology Online (MA and PhD).
Apply now at apply.ciis.edu/apply
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.
Program Application Requirements
Click on the program name below to find the program specific application requirements and supporting materials needed.
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:
Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2021-2022.
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, will disburse forty-six $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. 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 priority application deadline for Fall 2021 was July 15, 2021 at 8:59pm PT.
Since the Fall 2021 deadline has passed, please check back in September for the application deadline for students applying to start a new degree program in Spring 2022.
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