California Institute of Integral Studies Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 18 respondents

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  • 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
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4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

This is one of the few and the best schools for an education in holistic mental health!
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

A solid education from a nontraditional background, CIIS provides community and depth of learning from knowledgeable instructors. Real world transferable skills were lacking in my department but could be easily attained on one's own.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

The best thing about the program is the amazing supportive community of the school. The toughest thing is that it's intended to be a grad program for working adults but the workload really makes it difficult to keep working full time while attending classes.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

This school seems to attract the exact right people that the program is for. It's an amazing experience.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

CIIS has an amazing group of faculty that make the school absolutely worth the cost. Professors in Clinical Psychology are almost all current practitioners, or previously had a practice of their own, and draw extensively from their own experience to educate the next generation of therapists. Readings are, overall, extremely applicable and hand-picked by the professor to provide the most valuable resources on any given topic. There is a strong emphasis on quality of life, and it shows in the attitudes of staff members. The field placement office, headed by a lovely and talented woman with extensive knowledge of the BBS, is proactive and very helpful, from offering workshops on resume refinement to sending out placement opportunities. While CIIS has its flaws, the emphasis on learning rather than status has really paid off. One of the most valuable and engaging educational experiences I have encountered in my career thus far.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The East-West Psychology program at CIIS offers a unique, holistic perspective which incorporates various teaching modalities, art, individual expression and flexibility. My focus in the program is Ecopsychology, an important field that studies the human relation to our planet Earth and how we can improve this relationship through spiritual practices, intellectual inquiry, psychotherapy and environmental action. I feel this is extremely important work in the world and I am glad to attend such an open-minded school.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2012

My graduate program is strong in individualized learning, strong faculty support (when I had cancer my professor brought over food), strong community support, creative-thinking emphasis is unmatched. The cons are that it is not a public school and is expensive, especially being located in San Francisco. Students must be savvy and creative in using their degree post-graduation, as the degree in itself will not secure one a job.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

CIIS is a great school for the specialty degrees it offers and a focus on Transpersonal Psychology. School is small and area is expensive.
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