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Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies' student culture set's our university apart from traditional higher education institutions. Our culture enables our students to disrupt the norms, think entrepreneurially, and be responsive to the demands of the healthcare marketplace. We seek students who are passionate about improving the healthcare marketplace and willing to take risks to change healthcare as we know it.

Learn more about the DBH program at an upcoming information session.


Admissions Policies

Admissions Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy
Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination
Equity and Inclusion
State Authorization

Cummings Graduate Institute welcomes applications from all students for both degree-seeking and nondegree study.

Admissions Policy

To support and carry out our Mission, Vision, and Values, Cummings Graduate Institute has a thorough admission process to ensure we admit prospective students with the best potential to meet program objectives and to complete an online doctorate.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Cummings Graduate Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Cummings Graduate Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school- administered programs.

Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The Title IX Notice reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Equity and Inclusion

Everyone is welcome at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, whatever your heritage, whomever you choose to love, however your family is formed, whatever your politics, and however you arrived here. CGI promotes equity and inclusion across our entire organization, and in all work that we do in our communities.

As a people-first institution, we welcome the collective and individual talents, skills, and perspectives of our students, faculty, staff, and partners, and actively cultivate a culture of belonging, collaboration, innovation, and mutual respect.

As such, we hope that CGI will be a place where you are inspired, supported, and empowered to contribute to the critical mission, vision, values, and goals of our institution.

State Authorization

Cummings Graduate Institute is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in select states with the US. State Authorization does not apply to prospective or current students residing outside of the United States.

To learn more about state authorization, click here.

Degree Seeking Admissions

Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements
Professional Licensure and Admissions
Degree-Seeking Admissions Process
Admissions Decision Appeal Process
Student Identity Verification
Exceptions for Degree-Seeking Admissions Policies

Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Master’s Degree or higher from a accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better in the field of Behavioral Health or similar (Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy).* See Exception for Admissions policy.
  2. Two (2) or more years experience in the Behavioral Health Field.
  3. Technological equipment and basic computer skills to be successful in our online Doctoral of Behavioral Health Program. For a list of current technology requirements click here.

Professional Licensure and Admissions

Professional licensure is not a Cummings Graduate Institute admissions requirement. Practicing as a DBH does not require a professional license, and there is no licensure for a DBH in any state at this time.

That said, be aware of the following professional considerations before beginning the DBH Program to make sure it is the right fit for your career goals.

  1. Billing for reimbursement as a clinician typically requires a professional license as a behavioral health professional license and those eligible for licensure should clarify their scope of practice with the appropriate Professional Board Office before beginning the DBH Program.
  2. The use of the “Doctor” title may be prohibited in certain areas. Every country, state, and employer is different when it comes to the use of the “Doctor” title. Students should research local legislation and employer practices related to the use of the “Doctor” title. Our goal is no surprises – but legislation is evolving quickly. Making an informed decision means knowing the landscape of healthcare in your local area.

Degree-Seeking Admissions Process

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following information and documentation:

  1. Completed online admissions application form, including the following documentation:
    1. Copy of a government-issued ID
    2. Resume or CV
    3. Writing Sample (Academic or Professional, written in the English language)
    4. Statement of Intent
      1. Respond to the following prompts in your statement:
        1. What about the DBH program aligns with your personal mission, vision, or values?
        2. What subjects or topics do you wish to focus on, while in the DBH program?
        3. Where do you see opportunities for yourself as a DBH graduate?
    5. Unofficial transcripts reflecting highest degree earned
    6. Official transcripts reflecting highest degree earned
    7. Contact information for four (4) professional references to provide a recommendation in support of your application (three (3) total recommendations needed)*
  2. Nonrefundable Application Fee ($50)**
    * Professional references will be contacted at the email address provided to request completion of a recommendation form.
    ** Waived for students eligible for Military Tuition. Documentation of military status is required during the application process.

Completed applications are reviewed to determine the applicant’s eligibility for admission. Eligible candidates will be contacted by the admissions committee to schedule an interview and detailed instructions will be shared on how to participate in the interview. The interview is the final step in the admissions application process. Upon completion of the interview, an admissions decision will be rendered by the admissions team, and the applicant will be accepted or declined admission into the DBH program. Notification of the admissions decision will be sent to the applicant post interview.

Within five (5) business days of a student’s admission to the Doctor of Behavioral Health program, the admitted applicant will receive an enrollment packet that includes an enrollment agreement, catalog to correspond with enrollment agreement, and the Getting Started Guide for the program. Once the signed enrollment agreement to submitted to CGI by the student, a one-time Program Fee of $150 will be billed to the student account. Tuition will be billed to the student’s account after the student enrolls in courses.

Admissions Decision Appeal Process

An applicant may appeal the admissions decision post receipt of the admissions decision letter. To appeal, the applicant must contact the Director.

Student Identity Verification

To meet industry standards for an online institution, Cummings Graduate Institute takes certain measures to verify the identity of our students including during the admissions process.

  1. Submission of a government-issued ID during the admissions process
  2. Review and verification of a government-issued ID during the admissions process
  3. Verification of identity during the admissions interviews

Note: Students are required to abide by the Cummings Graduate Institute’s policy on Acceptable Use of Information Technology.

Exceptions for Degree-Seeking Admissions Policies

A completed application demonstrating that the candidate meets all admission requirements may advance to interview eligibility with the following exceptions:

  1. An applicant who completed a master’s degree in a non-Behavioral Health field (e.g. Allied Health fields) must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if previous coursework meets the standard curriculum requirements.
  2. Candidates who have completed the application, paid the nonrefundable application fee, and submitted required documentation minus the Official Transcript for admission may be eligible for an interview.
  3. Candidates who have completed the application, paid the nonrefundable application fee, and submitted required documentation minus a third professional recommendation, may proceed to an interview if the first and second recommendations have a rating of average, above average, or outstanding in all evaluation areas and a final recommendation of “enthusiastically recommend this applicant.”

An application may advance to admission with the following exceptions:

  1. Provisional admission may be granted to an applicant who submits and is admitted with a completed application, nonrefundable application fee, and required documentation minus the Official Transcript for admission. A student provisionally admitted under this circumstance must submit the Official Transcript by the end of their first enrolled term in order to enroll in courses for a second term. Failure to submit an Official Transcript under this circumstance revokes the the admissions acceptance, and the student may not proceed with coursework.
  2. Provisional admission may be granted to an applicant per the discretion of the Director if the applicant demonstrates the potential to succeed in the interview and interview eligibility review.

International Students

International Student Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements & Process
Admissions Requirements for Applicants whose Native Language is not English
Visa Sponsorship

International Student Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements & Process

Cummings Graduate Institute welcomes international students from around the world. International applicants participate in the same degree-seeking admissions process as U.S applicants and are required to meet the same requirements in addition to the following international admissions requirements:

  1. International applicants who have earned their degree from a non-US institution must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member.

    A list of NACES member organizations can be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. Evaluation documentation and results must be sent directly from the NACES member to the Institute Registrar for admissions evaluation. Use the mailing address below for NACES transcript evaluation results.

    Cummings Graduate Institute
    Attn: Registrar
    16515 S. 40th St., Ste 143
    Phoenix, AZ 85048

    The academic credentials evaluation will determine if an applicant’s education history meets admission requirements. International applicants are responsible for the selection and management of the academic credential evaluation process and should be mindful of the process in managing the enrollment timeline.

  1. International applicants must demonstrate completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from an accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction.
    Of the 30 semester hours, the following requirements must be met:

    • Fifteen (15) hours in the sciences
    • Six (6) hours in non-remedial English composition
    • Three (3) hours in speech/public speaking.

    If prospective students have completed a minimum of fifteen (15) academic semester credit hours in an institution using English as its primary language of instruction and documentation within two (2) years of applying to the Cummings Graduate Institute with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, they may be exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency.

Admissions Requirements for Applicants whose Native Language is not English

In situations where English was not the language of instruction, international applicants can also meet the English requirement by submitting official documentation with the minimal scores of higher of one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, PBT) = 550
  • Internet Based Test (iBT) = 80
  • International English Language Test (IELTS) = 5
  • PTE Academic Score Report = 58

English Proficiency scores, if English was not the language of instruction; must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Institute Registrar. Use the mailing address below for English Proficiency test scores:

Cummings Graduate Institute
Attn: Registrar
16515 S. 40th St., Ste 143
Phoenix, AZ 85048

International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will not be admitted without documentation that meets admission.

Visa Sponsorship

Cummings Graduate Institute does not participate in any student visa/I-20 program.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students Admissions Requirements & Process
Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer Credit Conditions
Transfer Credit from International Schools
Transfer Credit Max
Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
Transfer Credit Appeal Process

Transfer Students Admissions Requirements & Process

The Cummings Graduate Institute welcomes transfer students. Transfer students participate in the same admissions process as new applicants and are required to meet the same requirements, in addition to the following transfer student requirements and conditions.

Transfer Credit Policy

Cummings Graduate Institute has set guidelines for transfer credits to be considered. The goal of the process is to recognize previous work by students that meet the expectations of the Institute for academic content, rigor, scope, and relevance. In order for credits to be considered, prospective students must submit unofficial transcripts during the application process for review and an official transcript must be received by the Institute Registrar prior to the student beginning the first day of their program.

All decisions for the award of credit for coursework completed at any other institution is at the sole discretion of the Director of the DBH Program at Cummings Graduate Institute.

Transfer Credit Conditions

Credits must meet the guidelines outlined in the Transfer Credit Policy, including the following:

  1. Credits must come from doctoral programs at accredited colleges and universities, or from institutions approved by a foreign nation’s Minister of Education where the approval process is comparable to accreditation in the United States.
  2. Credit will only be awarded for courses in which grades of 3.0 (“B”) or better on a 4.0 scale were obtained as a student and considered equivalent to Cummings Graduate Institute doctoral coursework on a course-by-course basis.
  3. Credit(s) awarded will be transferred as equivalent credit amount. Course grades and GPA will not be transferred or reflected on the student’s account, program of study, nor Official Transcript.
  4. Credit(s) must have been earned as a credit-bearing learner and not as an auditing student, instructor, teaching assistant, or experiential learner
  5. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed by the student within seven (7) calendar years prior to acceptance at the Cummings Graduate Institute.
  6. In alignment with industry standards, the maximum allowed transfer credits to be accepted are nine (9) credit hours.
  7. The Institute Director and Registrar reserve the right to deny transfer credits in accordance with Institute Policy.

Transfer Credit from International Schools

In order to qualify for transfer credit, courses completed at recognized international institutions must be applicable to the DBH degree and comparable to the nature and quality of Institute courses. Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from a NACES member.

Transfer Credit Max

The maximum amount of transfer credits awarded is nine (9) credits.

Transfer Credit Evaluation Process

In order for credits to be considered, prospective students must adhere to the following procedure. During the application process, prospective applicants must submit the following:

  1. An unofficial transcript of any transfer credits must be uploaded in the online application.
  2. An official transcript of the transfer credits. The Official Transcript must be received by the Institute Registrar prior to the student beginning the first day of their program.
  3. A copy of the prior Institute’s Catalog which includes course descriptions for any courses the applicant wishes to transfer must be uploaded in the online application. Additionally, the Institute may request copies of course syllabi for review, in the event the Catalog course descriptions do not fully articulate the course alignment.

Once the unofficial transcript and Catalog are received, the DBH Program Director will review the initial submitted unofficial transcript and notify the Registrar using the Transfer Credit Form of any credits that meets the conditions spelled out in the Transfer Credit Policy.

  1. If the Official Transcript is available at time of review and attached to the Transfer Credit Form, the Registrar will award the credits in the student file and account.
  2. If the Unofficial Transcript is only available at the time of review and attached to the Transfer Credit Form, the Registrar will keep credits in pending status until Official Transcript is received and transfer credits are verified.

The applicant will receive official notice via email from the Registrar of any pending and fully accepted transfer credits awarded, and notice of awarded transfer credits will be added to the student’s record.

Transfer Credit Appeal Process

In the event that a student disagrees with the awarded transfer credits or requests an exception to be considered for over the transfer credit maximum policy, the student may submit an appeal using the following procedure accompanied with the transfer credit appeal form. All appeal forms must be received by the registrar within 10 calendar days from sending the Enrollment Agreement.

  1. Request Transfer Credit Appeal Form by sending an email to registrar@cummingsinstitute.com.
  2. Complete the form in its entirety.
  3. Submit documentation supporting your request:
    1. Course description from the catalog at the credit-granting institution.
    2. Syllabus
    3. Explanation for consideration.
  4. Return the form and all supporting evidence to registrar@cummingsinstitute.com.
  5. All correspondence regarding appeals will be delivered to your school email address within 10 calendar days.

Note:

  • Submit one (1) appeal form per course.
  • All required documents must be received by Cummings Graduate Institute for re-consideration.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to prove that a course taken at another institution is equivalent to those of the DBH program.

All decisions for the award of credit for coursework completed at any other institution are at the sole discretion of the Cummings Graduate Institute DBH Program Director, and all decisions are final.

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions Requirements
Non-Degree Students Admissions Process

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions Requirements

The Cummings Graduate Institute welcomes students who wish to pursue coursework to advance their personal and professional knowledge. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Master’s Degree or higher from a accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better in the field of Behavioral Health or similar (Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy). See Exception for Admissions policy.
  2. Two (2) or more years experience in the Behavioral Health Field.
  3. Technological equipment and basic computer skills to be successful in our online Doctoral of Behavioral Health Program. For a list of current technology requirements click here.

Non-degree students are limited to taking eight (8) courses as non-degree status. Transfer credit course conditions apply to courses completed as a non-degree seeking student. Students are advised to research the transfer credit process and and conditions at the institution where they wish to transfer credits earned as a non-degree seeking student, to ensure an understanding of transfer credit course qualifications.

If a non-degree student later applies for admission to the DBH degree program, the student will be required to formally apply to the DBH program and submit all required documentation; the nonrefundable Application Fee will be waived. The student will be evaluated as a new applicant and must meet tuition and graduation requirements in addition to policies in effect at the time of application to the degree program. Admission into the DBH program is not assured.

Non-Degree Students Admissions Process

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following information and documentation:

  1. Completed online admissions application form, including the following documentation:
    1. Copy of a government-issued ID
    2. Resume or CV
    3. Unofficial transcripts reflecting highest degree earned
    4. Official transcripts reflecting highest degree earned
  2. Nonrefundable Application Fee ($50)*

* Waived for students eligible for Military Tuition. Documentation of military status is required during the application process.

Completed applications are reviewed to determine the applicant’s eligibility for admission. Upon completion of the application review,, an admissions decision will be rendered by the admissions team, and the applicant will be accepted or declined admission into Cummings Graduate Institute to pursue non-degree coursework. Notification of the admissions decision will be sent to the applicant post application review.

Within five (5) business days of a student’s admission to Cummings Graduate Institute as a non-degree seeking student, the admitted applicant will receive an enrollment packet that includes an enrollment agreement, catalog to correspond with enrollment agreement, and the “Getting Started Guide” for the program. Once the signed enrollment agreement to submitted to CGI by the student, a one-time Program Fee of $150 will be billed to the student account. Tuition will be billed to the student’s account after the student enrolls in courses.

Admissions Classifications

Admission Classification Overview
Admitted Classification
Provisional Admission Classification Policy

Admission Classification Overview

Students admitted to Cummings Graduate Institute are assigned an admission classification based upon the results from the admissions committee. Admissions classifications include the following:

  1. Admitted
  2. Provisionally Admitted

Student admission classification is stated in the admission notification letter. If a student is classified as provisionally admitted, the letter outlines steps with deadlines as to how the student can advance from provisionally admitted to admitted status.

Admitted Classification

A student may begin a program at Cummings Graduate Institute as an Admitted student if all admissions requirements are met.

Provisional Admission Classification Policy

A student may begin the program at Cummings Graduate Institute under the Provisional Admissions Policy under the following circumstances:

  1. Provisional admission may be granted to an applicant who submits and is admitted with a completed application, nonrefundable application fee, and required documentation minus the Official Transcript for admission. A student provisionally admitted under this circumstance, must submit the Official Transcript by the end of their first enrolled term in order to enroll in courses for a second term. Failure to submit an Official Transcript under this circumstance revokes the the admissions acceptance, and the student may not proceed with coursework. This policy does not apply to official transcripts for transfer credit evaluation.
  2. Provisional admission may be granted to an applicant at the discretion of the Director if the applicant demonstrates the potential to succeed in the interview and interview eligibility review. A student provisionally admitted under this circumstance must complete the required courses within the stated outcomes and timeline outlined in the Enrollment Agreement. Failure to complete the required courses within the stated outcomes and timeline revokes the the admissions acceptance, and the student may not proceed with coursework.
Admissions Deadlines

Admissions application deadlines for the 2018-2019 academic year are:

Year/Term Term Application Deadline
2018 Fall September 4, 2018 July 27, 2018
2019 Spring I January 7, 2019 November 14, 2018
2019 Spring II April 8, 2019 March 1, 2019

Admissions application deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

Year/Term Term Application Deadline
2019 Fall September 3, 2019 July 26, 2019
2020 Spring I January 6, 2020 November 20, 2019
2020 Spring II April 6, 2020 March 6, 2020

Dates subject to change.

Catalog

  • To access the current Institute Catalog click here.
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  • The Cummings Graduate Institute Catalog is an important guide and a collection of policies, procedures, information, and resources designed to keep students informed of their rights and responsibilities. The Catalog covers the current university academic school years identified on the cover of the catalog document.

Catalog Archive

Prior editions of the CGI catalog can be found in the Catalog Archive. Please direct any questions related to previous Catalogs to registrar@cummingsinstitute.com.

Technology and Hardware Requirements

To be successful in your program at Cummings Graduate Institute, students will need access to the proper equipment and technology. At a minimum, you will need the following basic hardware, software, and internet access:

  • Computer (monitor, keyboard, internal speakers)
  • Webcam (installed in your computer will suffice)
  • Internet connection
  • Updated Browser

Computer access to the following is mandatory:

Technology Hardware and Software Requirements

The Cummings Graduate Institute holds students responsible for having the necessary technology equipment and technical ability required for success in a fully online program.


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The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.

Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016

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