Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Program Admissions

Program Overview

Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) at DULA is a four-year program and thoroughly prepares students to sit for licensing examinations. The Master’s program focuses both on didactic classes and clinical training, consisting of 213 quarter units (2,130 hours) of academic coursework and 960 hours (48 units) of clinical internship at the Oriental Medical Center. The program is offered in three different lauguages including English, Chinese and Korean. Students have an option to choose one program that they wish to enter.

For more information about our MSOM program, please click here.

Visit DULA

Prospective students are invited to visit DULA and experience the community by scheduling a visit to our campus. Prospective may sit in on classes, meet with faculty and current students, and experience clinical settings. Individual tour of the campus is available, and walk‐ins are always welcome. All prospective students who visit DULA in person or attend an on‐campus admissions info session will receive a tour of the campus and a comprehensive overview of your program of interest, including curriculum, class schedules, tuition, financial aid and answers to your specific questions. 

To schedule a tour, please contact the Admissions Department at 213-487-0110 or send an email to [email protected]. Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Preferences are given to early applicants.  

How to Apply 

Entrance Criteria

  1. A Bachelor's degree is preferred for all applications of the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program at Dongguk University Los Angeles. A background in western medicine is not required, nor is a graduate school entrance exam. 
  2. All MSOM applicants must have completed a minimum of an Associate's degree, or 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of the baccalaureate level education from a regionally accredited, degree-granting college or university with a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education or an equivalent international entity.
  3. A maximum of 30 semester credits (or 50%) of the prerequisite two-year education requirement may be earned through prior learning assessment using either, or a combination, of the following assessment techniques: (1) credit by examination using standardized tests and/or (2) assignment of credit for military and corporate training based on recommendations established by the American Council on Education.

English Language Requirements

The MSOM program is currently offered in three languages: English, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese. Clinical training is done in English only.

English Language Competency Requirements for ALL Programs on or after January 1, 2020:

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:

  1. The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution:
    1. accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.
    2. In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) - Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80 
  3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (Academic Format)

For details on TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.orgDULA TOEFL code is C036. 

For details on IELTS, please visit

Application Completion Procedures

The following items are required to be considered for admission:

  1. A complete online or paper application in English along with the non-refundable application fee (U.S. citizens/residents: $100; international students: $200).
  2. Provide Official Transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. All official transcripts must be sealed and sent directly from the issuing institutions to the office of admissions at DULA. If the transcripts are from a country where English is not the primary language, they must be translated into English and must be sent to a reputable foreign credential evaluation agency to evaluate equivalent levels of educational achievement in the U.S. 
  3. A copy or copies of diploma(s) from all higher-level institutions attended.
  4. Students who graduated from colleges or universities outside of the U.S. are required to submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation through the academic credential evaluation service, which is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). For more information about NACES, please refer to the website select one of listed institutions and apply for the course-by-course service. Evaluation must include degree equivalency.
  5. Two recommendation letters. The letters may be in English, Korean, or Chinese. The letters of recommendation should include information about the applicant’s strengths and character traits.
  6. One-page typed personal essay in English addressing the following three questions:
    • Why do you want to attend Dongguk University Los Angeles?
    • What are your interests and/or philosophical views of oriental medicine?
    • What are your strengths and skills that would make you a good healthcare practitioner?
  7. One recent 2”x2” color headshot photos.
  8. Proof of residency (copy of passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card, or any other documents that prove applicants' legal stay in U.S).
  9. An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Please contact admissions staff for any questions or additional information regarding the application process.

International Applicants

DULA is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue a I-20 and enroll non-immigrant international students. For international applicants, in addition to the above requirements, the following must also be submitted:

  1. A financial statement, certified by a financial institution, verifying the availability of at least $25,900 for singles, and an additional $3,500 for each adult dependent ($2,500 for each dependent child) in U.S. dollars to verify the availability to pay educational and living expenses for one year. For applicants with sponsors, the Financial Statement must be signed by your sponsor, stating they assume financial responsibility for the designated amount.
  2. A copy of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into the US for the purposes of education at DULA.
  3. Applicants currently studying in the United States on an F-1 visa must submit a photocopy of their I-94 form, I-20 form, visa, and the first page of the passport. A completed transfer release form must be sent to DULA by the school from which the applicant is transferring.
  4. Additional fees may apply for postage and handling overseas/expedited mailing.

Application Deadlines

DULA accepts new students four times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. There are two application submission dates for each quarter, General and Late. General application deadline for the following quarter is by Friday of the 7th week and the late application deadline for concurrent quarter is by Friday of the 1st week during a school quarter. For specific dates, please refer to DULA's MSOM Academic Calendar.

Where to Apply

We are happy to accept applications in various different ways.

Online Application - Click Here

Paper Application - Download Fillable PDF Files Below


If you would like to process paper application, please send application materials to:

Dongguk University, Los Angeles
Attention: Office of Admissions, MSOM Program
440 Shatto Place, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020

The Next Steps

Admissions Review Process

  1. Once all application package and all supporting documents have been received, the applicant will be contacted for a personal interview with one of the members of the admissions committee.
  2. Following the interview, the application file will be reviewed by the admissions committee. 
  3. The applicant will be notified in writing once a decision has been made by the admissions committee.
  4. The Committee’s decision will be one of the following:
    1. Full Acceptance
    2. Conditional Acceptance
    3. Denial

Full Acceptance

Students who are fully admitted are expected to commence enrollment in the quarter they are admitted. They may enroll for class without restriction after meeting with an academic advisor. Admitted students have the option of deferring entry for up to one calendar year by filing a request with the Admissions Department. Students should be aware that entry may not be available in all quarters and should work closely with Admissions if they do not start the program as planned.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional Acceptance is given to applicants with some deficiency that must be remedied or a condition to their admission that must be satisfied within a specified timeframe. These deficiencies may include absence of an official transcript for evaluation. An official transcript may be required by a specific date (end of the drop period, end of the first term of enrollment). Provisionally admitted students who do not meet the stated requirements within the specified deadline will not be permitted to continue in the program.


An application may be denied. The Admissions Committee may set conditions for students to renew their application for eventual acceptance. The student has up to one (1) year to renew the application without paying an additional fee. After one year’s time, that applicant will have to re‐apply with a new fee.

Class Registration Counselling

Meet our Associate Dean, Academic Coordinator and DAOM Coordinator to discuss your class registration. It is very important that you plan your resitration ahead for your future academic schedule. You can visit our campus for counselling in person or email about your questionaires. Our Associate Dean can be reached by email [email protected], Academic Coordinator can be reached by email [email protected]. For DAOM Program class registration counselling, our DAOM Coordinator can be reached by email [email protected]. We may also be reached via phone at 213) 487-0110.

New Students Orientation

All new students must attend the New Student Orientation and Registration session. The orientation reviews financial aid and registration options, the academic calendar, college policies, and the Doctoral/Master’s program. Please contact the admissions office for assistance prior to orientation for special needs assistance or special scheduling issues. 

Please refer to the academic calendar for more information about the new student orientation date of each academic quarter. 

Have a Question?

Speak with our Admissions Officer right now! You will be advised admissions inquiries from the beginning to the end. 

Hours of Operation: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday.

Phone Number: 213) 487-0110                Fax Number: 213) 487-0527                 Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:

Dongguk University, Los Angeles
Attention: Office of Admissions, MSOM Program
440 Shatto Place, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020