From our cutting-edge programs that transcend disciplines, to our rich array of academic resources, beautiful location in the San Francisco Bay Area, and shared community values and commitments, here are just some of the many reasons students choose CIIS.
Eight Reasons Why CIIS is Such a Special Community
Our distinguished programs are grounded in wellness, healing, social impact, and higher consciousness — and frankly, are unlike most you will find in higher education today.
San Francisco Bay Area Location
CIIS’ is located in a world-class city with a rich and diverse arts, culture, intellectual, and culinary scene, and among the Bay Area’s natural beauty.
Research and Scholarship
CIIS is committed to transdisciplinary studies and practices that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. We value the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, imaginal, creative, somatic, and social dimensions of human potential.
We affirm the importance of the spiritual dimension of life. CIIS is committed to expressing and embodying studies and practices of multiple spiritual and wisdom traditions.
Social Impact and Global Engagement
More than an academic institution, CIIS is a vital presence in the Bay Area community and a leader in the growing global discourse on wellness, healing, social impact, and higher consciousness. Explore our work, from award-winning community counseling clinics to global research initiatives, public programs, and art exhibitions.
Post-Graduate Impact and Connections
Our alumni translate their learning into work that matters, creating change in their communities and chosen fields, building on the deep and rewarding relationships they built during their studies.
For 55 years, CIIS has been making transformation. Some programs were the first of their kind, such as our clinical master’s degree program in community mental health and PhD in human sexuality. We are the #4 best Counseling Psychology program in California. We have 92% pass rate among graduates on the MFT licensure exam. And World’s 1st university-based program for psychedelic-assisted treatment and therapy.
Experiential Integral Learning
Integral education encompasses all aspects of learning: the intellectual, the experiential, the spiritual, and the applied. At CIIS, learning is about more than knowledge — it’s about gaining and applying wisdom. Our approach breaks down the confines of traditional academic disciplines, preparing students to think profoundly and rigorously, and lead nimbly in our rapidly changing world.