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


State Authorization of Distance Education Outside of California

Please be aware of the following information if you will not reside in California while enrolled in distance education courses at Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA).

As distance education has become increasingly popular in the past few years, many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents.  Most states in the US are members of an organization called the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) that allows students to reside outside of the state where the institution they are taking online classes from is based. California, however, is not a SARA member state and thus non-California resident Distance Education students at all California schools, including DULA, must check with the individual state higher education agency in order to determine whether the state they reside will allow them to enroll in the program.

Authorization (sometimes referred to as “registration,” “licensure,” “approval,” etc.) indicates that certain minimum standards have been met by the institution under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution do not necessarily transfer to all other institutions.

Because DULA cannot ensure or control whether its programs comply with state requirements for enrolling distance education all prospective DULA Distance Education students will be directed to contact their state higher education agency with a list of contacts provided also in the Distance Education Orientation materials.

Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA) is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAHM) and physically located at 440 Shatto Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90020.  Dongguk University Los Angeles has been granted approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to California Education Code Section 94900. Both the MSOM and the DATM programs have been approved by BPPE and is legally authorized to operate in the state of California. Dongguk University cannot confirm that its courses or degree programs meet the requirements for authorization or professional licensure outside the state of California. DULA strongly encourages prospective and current students to contact the appropriate or applicable state higher education agencies and/or licensing board(s) in states in which they reside prior to beginning any program of study.

Students’ residency for State Authorization purposes is determined by their local address.  For more information please contact the Registrar’s Office.