Master of Science in Oriental Medicine

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

The Curriculum consists of didactic and clinical training:

  • 2,130 hours (213 quarter units) of academic coursework
  • 960 hours (48 units) of clinical internship at the Oriental Medical Center

The MSOM can be completed in four years, ideal for full-time students eager to become licensed practitioners. The program is also available part-time for students with other commitments. First-year students focus on academics: learning the fundamentals of Oriental Medicine, Herbology, and Western Medicine. In the second year, students begin the observation portion of their clinical training: shadowing and learning from more advanced students and clinical supervisors. By the third year, students are actively participating in the clinic, taking patients and working with supervisors on the best treatment strategies. The final year focuses on the most advanced training, specialized topics, practice management, and electives.

The MSOM program is offered in English and Korean.

Admission Requirements

The following items are required to be considered for admission:

  1. A complete application in English(online or paper) along with the non-refundable application fee.
    – U.S. citizens/residents: $100; international students: $200
  2. 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.
    – Students who graduated from colleges or universities outside of the U. S. must submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation through the academic credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). For more information about NACES, please refer to the website to select one of the listed institutions and apply for the course-by-course service. Evaluation must include degree equivalency.
    – 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 colleges and higher-education institutions.
  4. 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.
  5. One-page typed personal essay in English addressing the following three questions:
    • Why do you wish 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?
  6. One recent 2”x 2” color headshot photos.
  7. Proof of residency
    – Copy of passport, birth certificate, permanent residency card, or any other documents that show the applicant’s legal status in the U.S.
  8. An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Please contact admissions staff for any questions or additional information regarding the application process (DULA Admissions Department at (213) 487-0110 or send an email to

Entrance Criteria

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:

English Language Requirements