Obtain an application form by clicking the above link and printing the page, or by writing to the Registrar, The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd #514, Walnut Creek CA 94595.

  • Send the completed application form to the Registrar at the above address.
  • Enclose an application fee of $100.00. Applications will not be processed without the fee. If application is denied, the fee will be refunded.
  • Enclose a detailed resume, including education and work in the field of human sexuality.
  • Enclose a letter of intent and interest including your reasons for applying, education and learning goals, research interests, statement on human sexuality and professional aims.
  • Enclose a current photograph.
  • Arrange for graduate and undergraduate transcripts to be sent directly to the Registrar from each school attended.
  • Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Registrar.
Admission is held active for three years following which a student must reapply if not enrolled in a course of study.

Basic requirements for admission into any of the Institute's programs include a baccalaureate degree or equivalent and good skills in speaking, writing and understanding the English language. Those seeking entrance based on equivalency must detail such experience in their application and will be considered for admission to the Master's or certificate programs only. Evaluation will be made by the Admissions Committee. The Faculty Council must concur.


Applications must be complete and at the Institute at least one month before the trimester in which the applicant hopes to begin. Most professional certificates require full enrollment in the school before a certificate can be given.

All application materials must be sent to the Registrar.


Please call the Registrar or the President to obtain a list of designated new mentors.


Tuition Amounts & Payment

Tuition for all degree students is $7,875.00 per trimester or $23,625.00 for the three trimesters in any twelve-month period. The Institute reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time. Tuition payments and other financial matters are administered by the Comptroller's office.


Payment of tuition is due, along with the trimester registration form, ON THE 15TH OF THE MONTH PRECEDING THE BEGINNING OF A TRIMESTER. The registration form is combined with the trimester sign-up sheet for courses which is mailed to all students 1-1/2 to 2 months before the beginning of each trimester. For the trimester beginning October 1, tuition is due September 15; for the February 1 trimester, due January 15; for the June 1 trimester, due May 15. Registration forms and tuition must arrive together. No registration will be accepted without tuition.

All tuition payments received after the date due will have a $100.00 late fee added. If tuition, late fee and registration are not received by the date the trimester begins, the student will be dropped. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Students are responsible for paying tuition on time, in U.S. dollars, with a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by international money order. We also accept Mastercard and Visa.


New Students & 

First Trimester Tuition

New students must pay the first trimester's tuition in full before taking any classes.

After the first trimester, students may make payment in full or in two equal installments. The first installment is due as detailed above, and the second installment is due on November 15, March 15, or July 15, depending on the trimester. Students who are late paying the second half of the tuition will have the two-payment privilege revoked. Nonpayment of the second half of tuition within the trimester due will result in the student being dropped without credit being given for any work done during that trimester.

Students who plan to change status must so inform the Institute on the trimester registration form. This means changing from full-time to leave of absence status. If a request for leave of absence is made, the TOTAL fee for the period of absence must accompany the request.


Dissertation Trimester Tuition


Tuition for the first four trimesters following the passing of the Comprehensive Examination is $4,145.00 per trimester. If additional time is needed to complete the dissertation, doctoral project, or thesis, the tuition is $2,075.00 per trimester. During this time the candidate may take courses as desired, unless they are repeats of courses previously taken. Attendance at the Wardell B. Pomeroy Lecture Series will be credited on the candidate's transcript at 2 units only, since written work will have been completed.


The $4,145.00 tuition presumes that all required work has been completed before the student takes the Comprehensive Examination. If the student is allowed to take the examination before finishing all required work, regular tuition will apply for the next trimester and for as long as the student's work is delinquent, unless written permission is given to delay certain work to a specific time.


Tuition covers all courses given during a trimester, but for one time only. Courses may be repeated only with the approval of the course instructor and if space is available. 


A student is expected to be continuously enrolled for his/her program of study until all requirements for a degree are completed and the faculty has recommended the granting of a degree. Any exceptions will be subject to the policies listed.


Leave of Absence


Students enrolled in the Institute are entitled to one trimester leave of absence at a tuition of $850.00 prior to the time of taking the Comprehensive Examination (for degree students) and prior to completion for certificate students. No consecutive leaves are allowed unless arranged at the time of admission. Students who arrange to take additional leaves will pay $2,000.00 per trimester. For degree students, NO LEAVE MAY BE TAKEN AFTER COMPREHENSIVES HAVE BEEN PASSED. Request for leave of absence is made on the trimester registration form and must be received with the leave of absence fee at the time tuition is due. Students on leave of absence will be considered "non-students" for that trimester and no faculty time will be available to them. The library will be open to students on Leave but they may not check out books or videos. Any reports turned in while on Leave will be put on hold until the student registers for full-time again.

Exceptions to the above policy are: reasons of serious illness or serious illness in the student's immediate family or need for maternity / paternity leave. Unpaid emergency leave must be applied for in writing and accompanied by a letter from a physician.


Students who drop out of the academic program and then reapply for admission will reenter under the terms of the new catalog and be required to add one full trimester to the number of trimesters required by their original Memorandum of Understanding. To be readmitted, the student must fill out a new application, submit the application fee, and update his or her resume to cover the time which has passed since withdrawal.

Refund Policies

Student Refund Policy


The student has a right to a full refund of all charges less the amount of $100.00 for the registration fee, if he/she cancels this agreement prior to or on the first day of instruction.


With the exception of the Sexological Bodywork; the student may withdraw from a course after the instruction has started and receive a pro rata refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges if the student has completed 60% or less of the instruction. For example, if the student has completed only 30 hours of a 90-hour course and paid $300.00 tuition, the student would receive a refund of $200.00.


If the student cancels or discontinues a course or educational program, the school will make a full refund of all charges less the $100 registration fee. Any request for a refund is required to be made in writing. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation or withdrawal.

 Refund Policy for Veterans


This school has and maintains a policy for the refund of the unused portion of all tuition, fees, and other charges in the event the veteran fails to enter the course or withdraws or is discontinued therefrom at any time prior to completion and provides that the amount charged to the veteran for tuition, fees, and other charges for a portion of the course does not exceed the approximate pro-rata portion of the total charges for tuition, fees, and other charges that the length of the completed portion of the course bears to its total length.


The student has a right to a full refund of all charges less the amount of $10.00 for the registration fee if he/she cancels this agreement prior to or on the first day of instruction.



Other Costs


Students need to plan for such costs as travel and housing while in residence at the Institute. There will also be additional costs for books, videos and other learning resources as desired by the student. International shipping will cost more, depending on the destination. IASHS covers only the first $50 of shipping. The Institute will plan with the student on developing access to resources.


Although the Institute does not have student housing, staff will work with entering students to find housing for the first time they are in San Francisco. A listing of hotels and residence inns near the Institute is available.