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Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Programs
Master of Arts in Asian Studies
Master of Arts in Community Mental Health
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation
Master of Arts in Drama Therapy
Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy
Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing
Master of Arts in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts
Postgraduate Programs
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Counseling/East-West Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies

Financial Aid: Yes
Scholarships: Yes
Rating: Yes
Score: Yes
State: California
City: San Francisco
Street: 1453 Mission Street
ZIP: 94103
Phone: (415) 575-6100


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Reflecting the Institute’s originality, breadth, and reputation, CIIS programs confer PhD, MA, MFA and Bachelor’s degrees.


As a small university, CIIS is presently not able to provide student housing on-campus. There are several parking lots in the vicinity of the Mission Street campus. None offer attendants at night onthe weekend. Some paid parking lot options nearby are: US Parking, Inc.; City Park ‐Goodwill Garage; City Park – SF Mart; Place to Park; Fox Plaza Public Parking/Ace Parking and Central Parking. Parking stalls next to and behind the Mission Street building are reserved. Students are required to have permits to park in all of these spaces and faculty/staff members have paid to park there. Students have top remember that towing occurs regularly and without any advanced warning.


The Library contains approximately 35,000 books, 200 print and 1,800 online journals, 600 audiotapes, and a growing video collection, including a special psychotherapy video collection. Besides, it offers a universe of online information including thousands of online books, journals, dissertations, and disciplinary databases. Most of the Library's key resources are accessible via the Web. The Institute Library is particularly strong in the fields of counseling and psychology, philosophy and religion, East-West comparative studies, social and cultural anthropology, various facets of an integral worldview, and the perennial wisdom. The InnerLight Bookstore is a small, innovative college bookstore that provides students and faculty with materials for classes and research. The Bookstore carries textbooks for all courses offered at CIIS and publications including the following to explore body, mind, and spirit: Psychology; Eastern and Western Spirituality and Religion; Philosophy; Somatics; Drama Therapy; Women's Spirituality; Psychological Astrology; Ecology; Science and Spirituality; Anthropology; Research and Writing. The Bookstore also carries CDs, mugs, cards, journals, T-shirts, incense, and school supplies.

Health & Safety

As the health insurance system in the USA is costly and confusing, the Dean of Students Office has tried to make securing health insurance as easy and accessible as possible for all of its students. It has endorsed a student-injury and sickness insurance plan offered through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR). Coverage is also available for student's spouse/domestic partner and dependents who live in the United States. For domestic students, this is a voluntary plan, meaning they choose whether or not they want to participate. International students (F‐1  visa) are required  to  maintain  health insurance throughout the duration of study at CIIS. International students must enroll in a CIIS‐endorsed policy or provide proof of comparable coverage in English to the International Student Advisor prior to registration.  It is the Institute policy that all international students studying in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa enroll in the CIIS-endorsed health plan and maintain health insurance throughout the duration of their program. The current student health insurance plan is with United Healthcare StudentResources for all registered, degree-seeking CIIS students residing in the United States of America. International students may waive enrollment in the UHCSR plan by providing the International Student Advisor with proof of comparable coverage in English.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, and nondiscriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, and medical condition. 72% of all students are women. 22% students of color and 6% international students. Here students came from 33 states and 15 countries. Ages range from 20 to over 75, with 25 percent 26-30 years of age. Faculty demographics: 49 percent full-time women faculty, 23 percent faculty of color.


The Dean of Students Office produces a Housing Guide for students new to the area. It contains information on temporary housing (e.g., hotels, hostels) as well as resources and tips to help new students  find  permanent  housing in San Francisco. Downloadable housing guide containing useful tips, housing related internet sites, short-term housing options, and descriptions of all of the San Francisco neighborhoods. In addition, prospective and current students can look for housing listings at the MyCIIS student portal, and may also request to join the general student listserv where many housing opportunities are advertised.

Alumni & Post-Grad

Alumni Association is open to all alumni, includes various benefits and invitations to alumni events. It has opportunities to serve the CIIS community in a variety of ways (i.e., contact with prospective students,  professional networking, regional coordination for Alumni Circles).  The Association includes 4,024 undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Jobs & Internship

There is an Office that supports CIIS students in the process of career exploration and decision making, helping them to identify employment opportunities that are appropriate to their academic program, level of experience, training, theoretical orientation, goals, and interests. Yearly professional development workshops are offered and individual support on résumé preparation, job searches and interviewing skills is available by appointment. An email listing of employment, volunteer and external scholarship opportunities is updated twice monthly and available by subscription. 

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