Mission Statement

San Diego University for Integrative Studies promotes:

  • Connective, conceptual, experiential, and creative learning approaches delivered by competent faculty in a compassionate environment.
  • Humanistic emphasis on personal responsibility, trust, and interdependence.
  • Active student participation at SDUIS, in the community, and in the world for the benefit of all.
  • Unique socially relevant programs that reflect universal and multicultural viewpoints.
  • Access to timely and comprehensive programs through cutting edge technology and small classroom learning.

    The University seeks to fulfill its mission by offering, the following certificate and degree programs:
    - Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy
    - Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology - Master of Arts in Sport Counseling
    - Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
    - Master of Arts in Psychobiomechanics and Posture Therapy
    - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy
    - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with specialization in Sport Psychology
    - Doctor of Philosophy in Transpersonal Psychology with specialization in Tibetan Buddhist Psychology
    - Doctor of Psychology
    - Doctor in Philosophy in Psychobiomechanics and Posture Therapy
    - Bachelor's degree in Humanistic Studies
    - Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
    - Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy
    - Certificate in Sport Psychology
    - Certificate in Tibetan Buddhist Psychology
    - Certificate in Psychobiomechanics and Posture Therapy
    - Certificate in International Business Management
    - Certificate in Family Leadership Coaching
    - Certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching

    Who We Are

    A cohesive group of educators who believe in the concepts of humanistic philosophy and who acknowledge the individual's capacity for choice, responsibility, and spiritual insight.

    Our awareness of the relationship between mind, body, and spirit forms the basis for a socially, culturally, and environmentally relevant educational process and experience which we call "Integrative Studies".

    Our faculty is committed to providing a socially relevant and highly practical experience for students so that they may begin their career well prepared with the most current theoretical and practical knowledge available.

    Our students bring a commitment to their growth and personal expansion so that they may make a difference in their professions and a genuine contribution to the world.

    Our Students

    The University provides a supportive and inspirational environment for mature individuals who are seeking a positive change in their lives. We believe in the power of learning in community and collaborative relationships that lead to win-win situations. Historically, students have been embarking on one of life's great transitions: homemakers creating new roles and opportunities; accomplished professionals finding new directions and dimensions; recently retired professional athletes and military personnel looking for a new purpose or expression; professionals and paraprofessionals in human service who have been counseling peripherally while desiring enhanced techniques and the opportunity to enter private practice; licensed practitioners seeking a higher degree of competence and state of the art approaches; and, finally, those improving the quality of their personal, as well as, professional lives. These are all sensitive, conscientious, responsible, and aware people in search of new significance and meaning. They are one very important aspect of what makes the learning experience at San Diego University for Integrative Studies so enriching. We believe that our students are themselves great teachers. We also believe that they have the capacity to make a difference in our collective future as agents of change in their professions and communities.

    Our Faculty

    San Diego University for Integrative Studies is proud of its affiliated core and adjunct faculty. Embodying the qualities of scholar-practitioners, they bring to their classrooms and to our curriculum their academic wisdom and training, as well as, their worldly experience and commitment. Believing in personal exchange and exposure to a variety of thinkers and doers, San Diego University for Integrative Studies seeks out specialists to teach in each of its course areas. Input from such qualified faculty is sought at the curriculum development stage, as well. Faculty members are interested humans who believe that by passing on their knowledge and expertise they can make a positive change in our collective future.

    Although San Diego University for Integrative Studies is a small university, it is not defined by a few full-time academics. Leaders, innovators, and traditional scholars all teach in their areas of expertise and interest. Over 90% of the faculty who have offered regular classes, from the Master's level through the Ph.D. programs, hold terminal degrees in their areas of expertise. A look at the faculty list will provide the reader with a who is who in the teaching areas. Our faculty is deep and embraces a breadth that includes a multicultural and multinational perspective. They are professionals who are able to pass on practical wisdom as well because they are active professionals who provide service to others on an ongoing basis.

    Our Campus

    SDUIS is now centrally located in Historic Old Town, in San Diego, California. Our new Spanish style building with a courtyard and water fountain is a few blocks from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center, 150 Old Town landmarks, and tourist shops. We are near the intersection of I-8 and I-5, about a ten-minute drive north of downtown San Diego and Historic Gaslamp District, and also a short drive to most San Diego destinations, including San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Sea World, and the San Diego Airport, among others. The campus offers fifteen classrooms, along with the schools administrative offices, Carl Rogers Library and two computer labs. There is a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator for the student body, and an outdoor patio with seating. There are several hotels, apartment complexes, and restaurants to meet the needs of local students attending residential classes and out of town students here for summer intensives. Reserved parking is available to all students. Our Campus offers students a warm and comfortable environment, as the students say "it's our home away from home". SDUIS State Approval Status

    Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Approval:

    In accordance with the provisions of California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, this institution is approved by the state of California to operate within the auspices of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (“Bureau”). Approval to operate means that the Bureau has determined and certified that the institution meets the minimum standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty and the appropriate assessment of students' achievement prior to, during, and at the end of its programs. This institution had valid approval to operate on June 30, 2007, approval #20412, effective July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010. The Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act became inoperative July 1, 2007 and was largely replaced by the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (AB 48 – Portantino) chaptered on October 11, 2009.

    Assembly Bill No. 48 [Approved by Governor October 11, 2009. Filed with Secretary of State October11, 2009.] Article 2. Transition Provisions "94802.(a) An institution that had a valid approval to operate on June 30, 2007, issued by the former Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education pursuant to former Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 94700) of Part 59 of Division 10 of Title 3 of the Education Code, as it read on June 30, 2007, shall maintain that approval under this chapter. For the purposes of this chapter, the approval to operate shall be valid for three calendar years after the expiration date of the approval, as it read on June 30, 2007."