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Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies' student culture sets our institution apart from traditional higher education universities. 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.

Review the general admissions information and policies on this page and program specific admissions information, linked below, prior to applying for admission.

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Admissions Policies

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

Admissions Decision Appeal Process

CGI welcomes applications from all students for both degree-seeking and non-degree study.

Admissions Policy

To support and carry out our Mission, Vision, and Values, CGI has a thorough admission process to ensure we admit prospective students with the best potential to meet program objectives and to complete an online degree or non-degree program.

Nondiscrimination Policy

CGI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Title IX Policy

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).

The Title IX Coordinator for CGI is the Chief Operating Officer. If any issues arise or need to be reported, it should be reported directly to the Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer can be reached by email at compliance@cgi.edu or by office phone at (480)-285-1761.

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.

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Admissions Decision Appeal Process

An applicant may appeal the admissions decision post receipt of the admissions decision letter by contacting the Director of the Program via email. The DBH Director can be emailed at dbhdirector@cgi.edu and the MHL Director can be emailed at mhldirector@cgi.edu.

Student Identity Verification

To meet industry standards for an online institution, CGI takes measures to verify the identity of our students 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, via phone or video

Program Admissions Requirements

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking program at CGI, review the policies and requirements on this page and the corresponding program admissions page as follows:

Degree Programs

Interested in earning both the MHL & DBH degrees? Explore the MHL to DBH Pathway.

Non-degree Certificate Programs

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Degree-Seeking Admissions

Admissions Decision Appeal Process

An applicant may appeal the admissions decision post receipt of the admissions decision letter by contacting the Director of the Program via email. The DBH Director can be emailed at dbhdirector@cgi.edu and the MHL Director can be emailed at mhldirector@cgi.edu.

Student Identity Verification

To meet industry standards for an online institution, CGI takes measures to verify the identity of our students 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, via phone or video

International Student Admissions

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

CGI 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, 2111 East Baseline Road, Suite E1, Tempe, AZ 85283
    • The academic credentials evaluation determines 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 credit 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 credit hours, the following requirements must be met:
      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 credit hours in an institution using English as its primary language of instruction and documentation within two (2) years of applying to CGI with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, they may be exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency.

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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 minimum scores or higher.

For doctoral degree applicants must meet the following::

  • A minimum score of 65 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL PBT);
  • Or a minimum score of 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT);
  • Or a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS);
  • Or a 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report;
  • Or a 105 on the Duolingo English Test;
  • Or a 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET);
  • or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE);
  • or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE

For master degree applicants must meet the following:

  • A minimum score of 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL PBT);
  • Or a minimum score of 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT);
  • Or a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS);
  • Or a 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report;
  • Or a 100 on the Duolingo English Test;
  • Or a 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET);
  • or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE);
  • or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).

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

Cummings Graduate Institute
Attn: Registrar
2111 East Baseline Road, Suite E1
Tempe, AZ 85283

registrar@cgi.edu

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

Visa Sponsorship

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

Transfer Students

Transfer Students
Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer Credit Conditions
Transfer Credit from International Schools
Prior Education & Training Policy for Veterans
Transfer Credit Max
Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
Transfer Credit Appeal Process

Transfer Students

CGI welcomes transfer students. Transfer students participate in the same admissions process as new degree seeking applicants and are required to meet the same requirements, in addition to the following transfer student requirements and conditions.

To learn about program specific transfer credit requirements, procedures, and how to apply, visit the corresponding page listed below.

Transfer Credit Policy

CGI has set guidelines for transfer credits to be considered. Transfer credits are accepted for degree seeking programs only. 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 Program at CGI.

Transfer Credit Conditions

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

  1. Credits must come from a program 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. Credits must be degree level equivalent in order to be transferred into the institution.
  3. Credits are only 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 CGI doctoral coursework on a course-by-course basis.
  4. Credit(s) awarded are transferred as equivalent credit amounts. Course grades and GPA are not transferred or reflected on the student’s account, Program of Study, or Official Transcript.
  5. Credit(s) must have been earned as a credit-bearing learner and not as an auditing student, faculty, teaching assistant, or experiential learner.
  6. Credit is only awarded for courses completed by the student within seven (7) calendar years prior to acceptance at CGI.
  7. In alignment with industry standards, the maximum allowed transfer credits to be accepted are nine (9) credit hours for the Doctor of Behavorral Health program and fifteen (15) credit hours for the Master of Healthcare Leadership program.
  8. The Institute reserves 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 CGI’s degree program and comparable to the nature and quality of the 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.

Prior Education & Training Policy for Veterans

In Accordance with 38 CFR § 21.4253(d)(3), CGI will inquire about each veteran‘s previous education and training, and request transcripts from all prior institutions, including military training, traditional college coursework and vocational training. Previous transcripts will be evaluated and credit will be granted, as appropriate.

Transfer Credit Max

The maximum amount of transfer credits awarded for the DBH program and MHL program are outlined on the program admissions pages and transfer credit pages.

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. The transfer credits cannot be officially awarded until the official transcript must be received by the Registrar prior to the student beginning the first day of the program.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the unofficial transcript and catalog are received, the Director of the Program reviews the supporting documentation. The Director’s review consists of looking at the courses being requested to be transferred ins content from the prior institution’s catalog. If the course description and information in the catalog is not enough, the Director will then use the course syllabus to review the internal content of the course. From there, because of the Director’s subject matter expertise and knowledge in CGI curriculum, they are qualified to determine if the prior course is equivalent and eligible to be transferred into CGI.
  4. The Director of the Program then documents the decision on the Transfer Credit Request documentation.
    1. If the credit is denied, the request will show the denial and the reasoning for the denial.
    2. If the credit is approved, the request will show the approval and which course the transfer credit will be equivalent to at CGI.
  5. The Director of the Program sends the Transfer Credit Request documents via DocuSign to the Registrar.
  6. The Registrar then does a final audit of the transfer credits to ensure they are within the allotted time frame, course credit amounts are equivalent, and the amount awarded is within the limit of CGI’s Transfer Credit Policy.
  7. Finally, if the official transcript is available at time of review, the Registrar awards credits based on the evaluation and updates students’ file, online account, and documents it in the Enrollment Agreement if the Transfer Credits are reviewed prior to the Enrollment Agreement being sent out to the applicant. If the unofficial transcript is only available at the time of review and attached to the Transfer Credit Request Form, the Registrar marks the transfer credits in pending status until an official transcript is received and transfer credits are verified. Transfer credits cannot be officially awarded until the official transcript has been received.
  8. The Registrar informs the student of the outcome of the Transfer Credit Evaluation via the Transfer Credit Request form and/or in the Enrollment Agreement.

If the student is unsatisfied with the outcome of the Transfer Credit Evaluation, the student can submit a Transfer Credit Appeal.

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 ten (10) calendar days from sending the Enrollment Agreement.

  1. Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form
  2. Submit documentation supporting the request:
    1. Course description from the catalog at the credit-granting institution
    2. Syllabus
    3. An explanation for consideration
  3. 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 CGI for reconsideration.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to prove that a course taken at another institution is equivalent to those of the program.

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

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions Requirements and Process

The non-degree seeking admissions requirements and process are outlined on program admissions pages.

Non-degree Certificate Programs

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Admissions Classifications

Admission Classification Overview
Admitted Classification
Provisional Admission Classification Policy

Admission Classification Overview

Students admitted to CGI 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 CGI as an Admitted student if all admissions requirements are met.

Provisional Admission Classification Policy

A student may begin the program at CGI 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, non-refundable application fee, and required documentation minus the Official Transcript for admission. A student Provisionally Admitted under this circumstance must submit an 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 admissions acceptance and the student may not proceed with the 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 of the Program. A student provisionally admitted must complete the required courses within the stated outcomes and timeline outlined in the Program Enrollment Agreement. Failure to complete the required courses within the stated outcomes and timeline revokes the admissions acceptance, and the student may not proceed with the coursework.

Admissions Deadlines

Admissions application deadlines for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

Year/Term Term Start Date Application Deadline
2021 Fall September 13, 2021 June 25, 2021
2022 Spring I January 10, 2022 October 29, 2021

Dates are subject to change. 

Admissions application deadlines for the 2022-2023 academic year are:

Year/Term Term Application Deadline
2022 Fall September 19, 2022 June 24, 2022
2023 Spring I January 9, 2023 October 28, 2022

Dates are subject to change. 

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Application Changes

Change of Personal Information

Applicants are responsible for notifying the Institute of any changes to their contact information, including mailing address, name, and email address. Notification can be submitted to the Admissions Coordinator via email, phone, fax, or mail. Documentation may be required to validate the change.

Admissions Application Withdrawal

At any time, an applicant may withdraw an admissions application prior to admissions decision notification. Notification can be submitted to the Admissions Coordinator in any manner, however, in writing via email is preferred. Identity verification may be required to validate the change. To be considered as an applicant for a future term, the applicant must reapply.

Admissions Application Cancellation

Applicants have the ability to cancel an application any time prior to application submission. Application fees paid are nonrefundable. Applicants can request to cancel their application in any manner to the Institution, but it is preferred that cancellations are emailed to the Admission Coordinator at admissions@cgi.edu. A cancelled application will remain on file for twelve (12) months. If a student wishes to reactivate a canceled application for a future term, they may do so by contacting the Admission Coordinator by email, fax, or phone..

Incomplete Admissions Application

An admissions application that is missing one or more elements at the time of an admissions deadline, with the exception of Official Transcript for admissions evaluation, is labeled as an incomplete application. Applicants have the ability to move their incomplete applications to the following term by submitting a request to the Admissions Coordinator via email, fax, or phone within twelve (12) months of their application start date. Incomplete applications will remain on file for twelve (12) months.

Deferral of Application

Applicants to CGI who do not enter in the term for which they originally applied and who wish to be considered for application in a later term must reactivate their applications for the new term by submitting a request to the Admissions Coordinator.

The Admissions Office keeps student files for applicants and admitted students who do not enroll for one (1) academic year. Students who delay more than one (1) academic year must reapply and submit a new application along with the required application materials. Students are readmitted under the current catalog that is in effect at the time of readmission.

Deferral of Enrollment

CGI does not allow a deferral of enrollment. If a student decides to defer their admission start date, they would need to refer to the Admission Deferral Policy.

Catalog

Catalog

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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@cgi.edu.

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.


Testimonials

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The totally online DBH program offered by Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is focused on the professional I have grown into: a synergistic disrupter for the healthcare industry, who is passionate about Wholistic Healthcare (e.g., health, behavioral health, and Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health), rendered skillfully through interprofessional teams. The program pillars of medical literacy, integrated behavioral health interventions, and entrepreneurship resonate loudly with me. The healthcare industry will continue to change, with doctoral level professionals needed to play a major role in any successful transformation. My goal is to further advance my knowledge-base, professional standing, and industry commitment to be part of these transformational efforts. In this way I can heed the Quadruple Aim: assuring quality-driven patient-centric care is rendered at the right time, through the right population-based treatment processes, at the right cost, and by empowered professionals embracing the work and committed to their charge.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies March 11, 2020

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