Approval as Institute of Higher Education: Status to Offer Degrees & Credit Units

CIHS is a California state approved school of higher learning by the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE) to operate as a graduate school and offer degree programs (BA completion, MA, and PhD). CIHS is approved by the California Board of Psychology (BOP) to offer a doctorate program in Clinical Psychology that is eligible for licensure, along with completion of the other Board requirements.


The Board of Private Post-Secondary Schools (BPPE) defines a quarter unit of academic credit in the following manner (Article 1, Section 71000, P.5, California Code of Regulations):


(1) At least ten (10) hours of college or university level instruction during a quarter plus a reasonable period of time outside of instruction which an institution requires a student to devote to preparation for planned learning experiences, such as preparation for instruction, study of course material, or completion of educational projects; or

(2) Planned learning experiences equivalent to the learning and preparation described in paragraph (1) as determined by duly qualified faculty responsible for evaluating learning outcomes for the award of unit credits.


At CIHS, 10-quarter units equates to ten hours of the above learning activities and outcomes, including instruction. Academic classes, with the exception of the dissertation sequence, are 4-quarter units or the equivalent. This equates to 40 hours (4 units per class) being comprised of the academic activities as defined above. CIHS undergraduate courses for the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Integral Studies are 5 units per academic class (50 hours). Workshops are generally 2-quarter units or 20 hours (2.5 or 22.5 hours).


Please contact the Dean of Academic Affairs and/or your Program Director for specific questions about the above.