How to Apply
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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:
- 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.
- In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;
- Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) - Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80 and TOEFL iBT speaking score – 26; or
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (Academic Format) and IELTS spoken band score – 8.0
For details on TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.org. DULA TOEFL code is C036.
For details on IELTS, please visit www.ielts.org.
Application Completion Procedures
The following items are required to be considered for admission:
- A complete online or paper application in English along with the non-refundable application fee (U.S. citizens/residents: $100; international students: $200).
- 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.
- A copy or copies of diploma(s) from all higher-level institutions attended.
- 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 http://www.naces.org/to select one of listed institutions and apply for the course-by-course service. Evaluation must include degree equivalency.
- 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.
- 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?
- One recent 2”x2” color headshot photos.
- Proof of residency (copy of passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card, or any other documents that prove applicants' legal stay in U.S).
- An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.
Please contact admissions staff for any questions or additional information regarding the application process.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Additional fees may apply for postage and handling overseas/expedited mailing.
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.