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Drama Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies

24 months
1242 USD/credit 37260 USD/year
1242 USD/credit 37260 USD/year
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The Drama Therapy Program at California Institute of Integral Studies has been exploring how therapeutically-adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential. 


The Drama Therapy program at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of five master’s programs offered through the Counseling Psychology department. It integrates experiential, didactic, and clinical courses in a carefully-crafted curriculum designed to train students to become personally and culturally aware, emotionally attuned, and skillful drama therapists.

Our graduates are trained for professional careers in schools, prisons, private practice, clinics, community mental health settings, and more. Our faculty have wide-ranging research interests, including drama in social justice work, heart rate variability biofeedback, the connection between drama psychology, somatic expression, and emotional healing in adults and adolescents, meditation and action techniques, and film and cultural studies.

Our Approach

The Drama Therapy program at California Institute of Integral Studies offers a dynamic journey of intellectual growth and personal awakening, while also developing clinical competence as a drama therapist. The training is academically rigorous, creative, and multilayered with an eye to leveraging the discipline in ethical, respectful, and skillful ways.

As a student, you will delve into the complexities, subtleties, and possibilities of drama therapy. Coursework is progressive, incorporating theoretical, practical, and experiential formats. Small classes within a cohort model support personal development and offer a sense of kinship and community. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drama Therapy Theory 
  • Drama Therapy Process and Technique 
  • Drama Therapy Practice 
  • Psychodrama 
  • Advanced Improvisation and Playback Theatre 
  • Individual Drama Therapy 
  • Trauma and Resilience: Embodied Approaches to Treatment 
  • Drama Therapy and Social Change 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the Feb 15th priority deadline).


60 SCH
  • 60 or 68


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

  • Submit Your Supporting Materials

  • Submit Your Official Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    37260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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