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Admissions Info


Innovative Bachelor's (B.A.), Master's (M.A.), and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs in Psychology, Integral Health, Integral Noetic Sciences, and Integral Studies

CIHS enrolls students on a “Quarter” basis. New students are able to begin their studies in the Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer term. Each quarter (academic term) is 10 weeks long (2.5 months).
We are currently accepting applications for the Winter 2024 Quarter which starts on January 8, 2024.

  • The Application Deadline for the Winter 2024 term is November 30, 2023.

  • Please note, the Winter 2024 classes will be offered online

  • Please visit our Academic Calendar Page for more information on other Quarters/Terms start dates.


CIHS prides itself on the evaluation of the whole student and the individual experience. As such, GRE exams are not required. Each prospective student has a personal interview with the deans and/or program directors. This interview, along with the other application materials stated below, form the basis of admission to CIHS. We welcome all interested students to apply. 

General Requirements


An applicant may be admitted to CIHS full-time or part-time. Full-time students take a minimum of 32 units per year. International students residing in the U.S. or students on a student (F-1) visa are required to attend school full time to legally maintain their student visa status.


  • To be admitted into our Bachelor's Degree Completion program, the applicant must hold an Associate's degree from a regionally accredited community college OR  have completed no less than 90 quarter units but no more than 135 quarter units of General Education (GE) at an approved college. (90 quarter units = 60 semester units; 135 quarter units = 120 semester units). 


  • To be admitted to a one of our master’s degree programs, the applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree, from a regionally accredited institution, in a field of study related to the degree program for which he or she is applying.


  • To be admitted to one of our Ph.D. degree programs, the applicant are required to have obtained a master's degree, from a regionally accredited institution, in the field for which he or she is applying. The applicant may also be required to take an entrance examination.


Please note, if you get accepted into one of CIHS degree programs, that does not guarantee you will be granted admission to other CIHS programs. Students who are accepted into a degree program at CIHS will be granted admission to another degree program only after they fulfill all the degree requirements of the first program they were admitted into.


U.S. applicants are required to provide their Social Security number in the Admission Application Form, according to Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 41201. The Social Security number is used to help CIHS identify student records, including academic transcripts.

Application Process


To begin the application process, the materials listed below must be submitted to the CIHS Admissions Office via mail, email (, or uploaded to our online application portal at the time of your online application submission. Please note that GRE is not required for admission into any of our programs. Prior to filling out the online application form, all applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Academics Page first to select one degree program they wish to study at CIHS. 


Required Admission Application Materials: 

  1. A completed online application via apply-online

  2. Non-refundable application fee:   

    • Domestic applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) $65

    • International applicants (F-1 Visa International Students) $100​​

  3. Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts - with proof of graduation - e-mailed directly from the issuing institution to CIHS at 
    - Official course syllabi may also be required for possible transfer of credit upon departmental approval and in compliance  with CIHS' Transfer Credit Policy.  

  4. Two letters of recommendation (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants) and one letter of recommendation (for B.A. applicants) from individuals who can address your academic and/or professional qualifications. The person recommending you may use the online form at or e-mail the letter of recommendation to with your name in the subject line.

  5. A personal essay in which you explain the reason (s) for seeking admission to CIHS. The essay should show evidence that you have read the CIHS website, understand the CIHS mission, and have some knowledge of the field of study of the program for which you are applying. Please explain how this program could add to your academic background and help you fulfill your professional and/or personal goals. Suggested length of narrative: 1-2 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, Font Size: 12, approximately 250-500 words. Applicants may exceed this limit if needed. 

  6. A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, if applicable.  (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants ONLY).

  7. A representative term paper or another sample of academic or professional writing or publication(s). (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants ONLY). For tips on how to choose a writing sample, click here

  8. Additional requirements for applicants seeking a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Psychology Licensure: This program requires an interview with the program director via Zoom. 

  9. Additional requirements for International Students can be found on the International Students Page.

Documents submitted by mail should be sent to:

California Institute for Human Science​

Admissions Office

701 Garden View Court

Encinitas, CA 92024

Documents submitted by e-mail should be sent to:


What Happens After You Apply:

Once your online application is submitted, and your supporting documents have been received by the Admissions Office, your file will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and an admission decision will be rendered.  This process usually takes a couple  of weeks from the time we receive ALL your supporting documents, therefore, we strongly recommend that you don't delay sending us the required admission documents, otherwise, the processing of your application will be delayed.  Accepted students will be notified via email. 


Note: Please ensure you use a functional email address when you submit your online application and check your email regularly. This way, we would be able to notify you to submit any additional documents needed to complete your admissions file.  

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