California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education


The California Institute for Human Science (CIHS), now in its 29th year, is a state approved school by the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE).

CIHS’ programs have been reviewed, evaluated, and approved by the BPPE and the Board of Psychology (BOP), the government bodies that regulate 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.

Regional Accreditation

California Institute for Human Science has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.

WSCUC Candidate status was granted to CIHS on July 20, 2018. Candidacy is the first public official WSCUC status, and next higher status than Eligibility which was granted to CIHS on November 16, 2016.

Public documents regarding WSCUC accreditation status are available at

Regional Accreditation is the higher form of accreditation.  If and when Regional Accreditation is achieved, California BPPE approval becomes subordinate to WASC Accreditation.

BPPE Degree Approval Phase-out

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 (CIHS met this goal with Eligibility November 16, 2016).

  • Achieve full accreditation by July 1, 2020 [CIHS met this goal on an interim basis with Candidacy granted July 20, 2018, and the BPPE has extended the timeline for Initial Accreditation for CIHS to September, 2021].

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 accreditation initiative, CIHS has met the BPPE’s deadline requirements of having achieved candidacy, which extends the deadline to 2022. 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