CIHS Institutional Status

California State Institutional Approval

The California Institute for Human Science (CIHS), in its twenty-fifth year, is a state approved school by the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE) and CIHS has achieved the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) recognition as eligible for the next phase of the accreditation process, Candidacy. More on CIHS’ institutional status with WASC is below. Please refer to it.

CIHS’ programs have been reviewed, evaluated, and approved by the BPPE and the Board of Psychology (BOP), the government bodies that regulates California licensure as a Clinical Psychologist (PhD). Approval to operate and offer licensure track degrees by the BPPE and BOP is the highest education status awarded by the state of California. In addition to scrutiny of the curriculum, our faculty and administration qualifications have been reviewed and approved. The Bureau and its branches (BOP) have determined that CIHS’ operational plan and curriculum satisfies the standards set forth by Education Code Section 94900 and 94915. CIHS is proud that it is in Phase II of the WASC accreditation process, although it cannot guarantee final timeframe or outcome.


On Accreditation

CIHS is proud to be celebrating its 25rd year in operation. Our President and founder, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, the administration, and the faculty are very proud of the innovative curriculum CIHS offers. CIHS is in its own private niche as a graduate school on the frontier of the integration of science, spirituality, psychology,  biophysics, comparative religion and philosophy, and the healing arts. For the last decade, CIHS has specifically been improving institutional and quality measures within the process of working toward full accreditation while maintaining the uniqueness of our curriculum.

California Institute for Human Science has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the Institute is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.

We are mandated by law to inform you that this institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency, such as WASC,  recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

While CIHS cannot guarantee the final outcome of our WASC initiative, CIHS ensured its accreditation initiative began in anticipation of meeting and accommodating these changes in law and CIHS is prepared to meet the BPPE’s deadline requirements. CIHS has already passed phase I of III of the WASC accreditation process. .CIHS accreditation plan was enacted prior to the law coming into effect, and it was our intent as an institution to seek accreditation, regardless of the changes in law. Thus, we are fully prepared to pursue this course of action and look forward to the changes it will bring to CIHS.


For Clinical Psychology Students Pursuing Licensure

For those students seeking licensure with the state of California AND who enroll in CIHS’ Clinical Psychology program after January 1, 2017, you should be aware that according to SB 1193, each applicant for licensure shall comply with all of the following requirements (if initially enrolling in an approved clinical psychology program after January 1, 2017). All enrolled prior to this date are grandfathered into the law prior to SB 1193. New students enrolling in CIHS’ Clinical Psychology licensure program do take on that additional risk if CIHS should not become accredited. 


SB 1193 (c) (1) On or after January 1, 2020, [each applicant must] possess an earned doctorate degree in psychology, in educational psychology, or in education with the field of specialization in counseling psychology or educational psychology from a college or institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or have been enrolled in a BPPE approved program prior to January 1, 2017 [or risk that if CIHS does not become accredited, such degree will not be recognized by the California licensing board.]


Please note that regardless of accreditation, the transfer of credits between all universities (whether state approved or accredited), is determined by the specific policies of the universities and determined on a case-by-case basis.


Thank you for supporting our efforts. If you have any questions about the nature of these items, please ask CIHS administration.


We look forward to serving you and providing a unique educational experience.


Contacting Bureau of Private Post-Secondary(BPPE)

The Bureau of Private Post-Secondary (BPPE) regulates the operation of CIHS. Any questions a student may have regarding CIHS that have not been satisfactory answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:


2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833

P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798

(888) 370-7589/ (916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897



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