California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

School Details

With a vision of “intercultural understanding,” the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) evolved in San Francisco in 1968 as an increasing number of students desired to learn from the founder, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. The private, not-for-profit institute emphasizes integral studies, merging Eastern and Western values, and teaches from a global perspective. CIIS promotes this vision through the Chaudhuri Center, a center focused on “contemplative practice, interreligious dialogue and social justice.” Today, CIIS enrolls more than fourteen hundred students and 95% of those students seek graduate degrees, including both Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Furthermore, CIIS celebrates diversity with a 10% international student body, while approximately 35% of the campus consists of minority students. The institute maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.

The California Institute of Integral Studies is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, CIIS maintains affiliations with numerous organizations, both in the United States and abroad. Several partners include the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Sustainable World Coalition and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

CIIS awards undergraduate and graduate degrees through three schools:

  • School of Undergraduate Studies
  • School of Professional Psychology and Health
  • School of Consciousness and Transformation
Students can pursue graduate studies ranging from topics like Asian and Comparative Studies and Transformative Leadership to Women’s Spirituality and Community Mental Health. Furthermore, in the Clinical Psychology, psyD program, students can explore behaviors and thoughts in relation to psychotherapy and spirituality. The Bachelor of Arts Completion Program caters to adult learners with two prior years of college work. These undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in a single year, with an optional Critical Psychology minor.

CIIS encourages distance learners to participate in online degrees or enroll in individual online courses. Online degree programs include the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and the PhD in Transformative Studies. The Transformative Leadership program culminates with a Capstone Action Project and students participating in the Doctorate program complete a dissertation based on “first-, second-, and third-person perspectives,” and also engage their community through a Learning Assistant role. Both online degree programs require two face-to-face meetings per year, one in August and another in January. Individual online classes may be completed for audit or credit purposes.

Tuition is based on the level of study. The following rates do not include additional fees:
  • Undergraduate, $640 per unit or $8,320 for students enrolled in 13-18 units
  • Master’s degree, $943 per unit
  • Doctorate degree, $1,089 per unit
California Institute of Integral Studies supports various aid options for qualifying students. Resources include grants such as the Federal Pell Grant and Cal Grants. Students may also be eligible for Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, or may access private student loans. Institutional scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need. In addition, students devoting service to the United States may be eligible for Veterans Administration Education Benefits or the AmeriCorps Educational Award. Furthermore, CIIS sponsors a select number of teaching and research assistantships each year.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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