California Institute of Integral Studies

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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Former names
American Academy of Asian Studies, California Institute of Asian Studies
Established 1968
Type Private, nonprofit
President Joseph L. Subbiondo
Academic staff
69 core faculty
Students 1,400
Location San Francisco, California
Campus Urban
Newsletter CIIS Today
Colors Blue and Gold          
Rajnarayan Basu (Maternal grandfather) • Manmohan Ghose (Elder brother) • Barin Ghosh (Younger brother) • Krishna Kumar Mitra (Maternal uncle)
Political career
Anushilan Samiti • Jugantar • Partition of Bengal • Alipore bomb case • Jugantar Patrika • Bande Mataram
Speeches and books
Uttarpara Speech • Collected Works • Life Divine • Synthesis of Yoga • Savitri • Agenda
Involution (metaphysics)
Involution (Sri Aurobindo) • Evolution • Integral psychology • Integral yoga • Intermediate zone • Supermind
Matrimandir • Pondicherry
Sri Aurobindo Ashram • Auroville
The Mother • Champaklal • N.K. Gupta • Amal Kiran • Nirodbaran • Pavitra • M.P. Pandit • P.K. Bhattacharya • A.B. Purani • D.K. Roy • Satprem • Indra Sen • Kapali Shastri
Journals and Forums
Arya • Mother India • Collaboration
Integral education
Auro University • The Mother's International School • CIIS • Esalen

The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a private, non-profit institution of higher education founded in 1968 and based in San Francisco, California. It currently operates in two locations just south of the Civic Center district, and one in SoMa. CIIS has a total of 1,400 students and 72 core faculty members.


CIIS is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),[1] and has degrees accredited from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).[2]

Revoked APA accreditation[edit]

In 2003, the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in Clinical Psychology received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). This accreditation was revoked in 2011. CIIS's appeal of the decision was denied in 2012.[3][4][5]


The Institute consists of four schools: the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation (mainly humanities subjects), the School of Undergraduate Studies, and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS. Many courses combine mainstream academic curriculum with a spiritual orientation, including influences from a broad spectrum of mystical or esoteric traditions. Although the Institute has no official spiritual path, some of its historical roots lie among followers of the Bengali sage Sri Aurobindo.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "WASC: Statement of Accreditation Status, California Institute of Integral Studies". 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Accreditation & Approval". 
  3. ^ Accredited Programs in Clinical Psychology [1], American Psychological Association. Accessed online January 25, 2013.
  4. ^ CoA Statement and CIIS Response to Revocation of Accreditation [2] , American Psychological Association. Accessed online January 25, 2013. Archived Version Archived September 15, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "All Approved Doctoral Programs Listed by Jurisdiction". National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Retrieved 8 September 2014. This program’s accreditation has been revoked. (Under Appeal) 
  6. ^ "From the American Academy of Asian Studies to the California Institute of Integral Studies"[3]

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