California Institute of Integral Studies Graduate Program Reviews

50% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
78%
of students recommend
(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 18 respondents

School Highlights

Most
Affordable
Regionally
Accredited
Non
Profit
High
Grad. Rate
Has Online
Degrees
Find an Online Degree:

School Ratings

Quality of Instruction
Student Financial Services
Satisfaction With Degree
Earning Potential
Prepared for Career

School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 1,459 (70 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 22% part-time, 78% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $20,048
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

I had high hopes for CIIS when I first enrolled in 2015. But unfortunately the administrative issues that I have experienced here nearly outweighs the education that I received. This school is expensive and as I come to the end of my program I am starting to have second thoughts about the high pay that I agreed to in coming here. I have had a myriad of issues receiving my financial aid from the Financial aid department in a timely manner. I have also had issues with receiving basic communication from them. I have to say that the financial aid problems at this institution are a deal breaker for me. I can't in good conscience suggest this school to anyone who isn't paying out of pocket. It is way too stressful to be living in the expensive Bay Area, stacked with school obligations and then be required to work up to three jobs in order to ATTEMPT to keep my financial state above water. When I haven't received my financial aid on time, that has nearly caused me to be evicted from my home TWICE. It is unacceptable. And I haven't received so much as an apology for those stressful circumstances. I hope that they can get it together but after three years of the same problems, I am not sure what it would take. The teachers and the classes were usually well-done and I learned a lot. Unfortunately, I am not convinced that I could not have had a good in-class experience at another, more affordable institution. Be forewarned, that if you plan to attend CIIS, your financial situation may be problematic if you don't have a nice nest egg to fall back on. No such luck for me but beggars can't be choosers-apparently.
4.5 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2021

The culture of learning and the focus on health at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the California Institute of Integral Studies creates an inspiring environment for studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM.) Not only are the instructors experienced both clinically and in the classroom, but they offer exceptional professional support and personal connection. The combination of theory and classroom learning is well balanced by clinical experience. Ancient scientific knowledge is complimented perfectly with modern integrated medical systems for a truly holistic education. I am honored to be learning in this program and feel I am being well prepared for a career in acupuncture and TCM.
4.8 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020

The Counseling Psychology Degree at CIIS prepares students emotionally, intellectually, and empathetically to provide caring, non-judgmental support to those to whom they provide therapy. Because of the school's multifaceted and integral approach to psychoanalysis, students receive a well-rounded education, enabling them to excel in many treatment modalities. I have a hard time imagining a school that could better prepare one to serve as a clinician than CIIS.
4.0 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019

CIIS is an innovative university, with several programs delving into alternative approaches to psychology and mental health. The staff are inclusive and supportive and the curriculum pushes students to think outside of mainstream notions of knowledge and truth. Whatever your passion, there is a niche at CIIS for you - from expressive arts, to drama, to transpersonal psychology, and more. CIIS also prepares students for their career field with a plethora of practicum and internship sites, which provides students with a network of community partnerships after graduation. One feels equally emotionally and educationally supported and stimulated at CIIS.
3.5 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

CIIS is pretty diverse school in multiple aspects in a pretty diverse city. There is compassionate listening and support for student needs, but the costs of the education and living in the city make it quite a challenge to attend.
3.33 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

Overall, the quality of the material that you learn from the program overweights any external difficulties. I find financial aid and affordability to live in the area to be a problem due to it's high cost. However, I will certainly try to make it happen because what they teach at the California Institute of Integral Studies is amazing, enlightening, and life changing!
0.5 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

Overall, the quality of the material you are learning out weights the bad.
4.17 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

The Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS is a wonderful program to learn how to become a psychotherapist, a marriage and family therapist and also, if you want, a professional clinical counselor. Teachers are caring and nurturing. Classes are designed for you to experience knowledge meanfully, exploring your own life, in a transformative education model, instead of memorizing information. San Francisco is an expensive city to live, but also a very diverse and exciting one and CIIS contributes to it to hosting lectures and workshops from leading experts and concerts from up-and-coming artists.
4.5 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The East-West Psychology Master's Program at CIIS is a transformative learning program that has changed my life. Synthesizing myriad approaches, I have learned to view my psychology practice from diverse perspectives, integrating spirituality, performance art, environmental awareness, dream work, depth psychology, systems theory, community sustainability, permaculture, and conscious activism. This cutting-edge school is unparalleled in its academic integrity, cultural relevance and community support. I highly recommend any program at CIIS and urge anyone who's passionate about healing the world to apply.
3.33 out of 5.0
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Academics and faculty are great, but location of the school is poor. Overall a great, cutting-edge school!
50% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
Disclaimer: GraduatePrograms.com makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GraduatePrograms.com. GraduatePrograms.com takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.

This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based student-submitted ratings to our site), all of the data is sourced either from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. NCES data is updated annually to reflect the most current available data, and student review information is updated in real time. For additional information, refer to our School Data Methodology.
This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.