Requirements for Admission
Welcome to the Dongguk University Los Angeles Application Process! We offer both an Online Paperless Application and a Downloadable PDF Application.
In order to be eligible to apply to the MSOM Program, the following requirements must be met:
- Minimum of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units* at the Baccalaureate level of education, from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education.
- College courses with a grade “C” or above will be counted toward transfer units.
Required Documents for Admission
Once you have met these eligibility requirements, you may proceed with your application. Please note all of the following will be required for completion of your application:
- Completion of your online/paper application form (written in English)
- Non refundable $100 application fee
- Non refundable $100 international (I-20) fee
- One passport-sized color photo with white, black or light blue background taken within 3 months
- Personal statement essay (written in English)
- Two letters of recommendation (written in English, Korean or Chinese)
- Official Transcripts from all previous colleges and/or universities
- Copy or copies of diploma(s) from all higher-level institutions attended
- Foreign students are required to submit a Credential Evaluation Report to evaluate your transcripts from foreign countries. Please go to http://www.naces.org/ to evaluate your transcripts and apply for course by course service. For details, please see our admission committee
- Foreign students are required to submit an Affidavit of Support with supported bank statements (Single : $17800 or higher. Dependent : Each adult +3500 or higher / Each child +2500 or higher)
- Language proficiency English Program requires TOEFL IBT total 61 (Speaking 26, Listening 22) or IELTS (Level 6) before entering the program
- Language proficiency Korean/Chinese program requires TOEFL IBT total 45 (Speaking 18, Listening 15) when entering clinical internship
- Proof of residency (A copy of passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card or any other documents that proves applicants' legal stay in United States of America)
- A minimum of one academic year (45 quarter units) must be spent as a full time matriculated student in the DULA program
- Before transfer credit will be awarded, all official transcripts containing coursework for which credit is sought must be received by the Office of Admission for evaluation. The following guidelines will be followed:
- Up to 100% transfer credit for actual coursework successfully completed in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Nutrition, History of Medicine, Medical Terminology, Clinical Science, Clinical Medicine, Western Pharmacology, Practice Management, Ethics, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or, in the case of foreign institutions, recognized by the appropriate governmental agency.
- Up to 100% transfer credit for actual coursework and clinical instruction in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Anatomy and Physiology, Acupuncture Techniques, Acupressure, Traditional Therapeutic Exercise, and Traditional Herbology, provided the coursework to be transferred has been successfully completed at a school approved by the California Acupuncture Board, and is also equivalent to the relevant coursework and hours required by DULA.
- For candidates applying from institutions not approved by the California Acupuncture Board, but otherwise approved or accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or the appropriate governmental agency, the following guidelines will be applied:
- Up to 100% transfer credit for actual western medical coursework hours that have been successfully completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education, or, in the case of foreign institutions, approved by the appropriate governmental agency provided that the coursework is equivalent to the relevant coursework and hours required at DULA.
- Up to 50% transfer credit in relevant subject areas for successfully completed coursework in acupuncture and oriental medicine from institutions accredited or approved by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education, or in the case of foreign candidates, the appropriate governmental agency. DULA may also require the student to take subject specific examinations in order to demonstrate a level of knowledge comparable to that achieved by a DULA student before credit is awarded.
- A maximum of 50% of the actual clinical coursework and instruction required at DULA may be awarded if the clinical coursework to be transferred has been completed at an institution accredited or approved by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or the appropriate governmental agency if from a country outside of the United States.
- No credit will be awarded for Western medical internship or residency training toward the actual clinical coursework and instruction required at DULA.
NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION
The transferability of credits you earn at DULA is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits you earn in MSOM program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending DULA to determine if your credits will transfer.
If you wish to apply using the paper format, please download, fill out, and send the following documents (via email or mail), along with the aforementioned additional requirements:
- Application Form
- Letter of Recommendation Form
- Personal Statement Essay Form
- Affidavit of Support Form (for International Students)
If emailing your application, please use the following contacts:
- English / Korean/ Chinese program: [email protected]
Once your completed application has been submitted and processed, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator/Admissions Representative for an interview. Interviews will take place Monday through Wednesday during the 8th week of a school quarter.