The Won Institute offers a variety of professional degree and certificate programs aimed at preparing graduates for employment in a variety of helping professions, such as: acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Won Buddhist ministry.
Although the curriculum of each program is unique, a common core of contemplative and meditative coursework links our students to the mission of the Won Institute. The focus on contemplation and self-reflection through meditation provides our students with another tool to help their patients, students, and congregation. The Won Institute offers a unique educational experience and is accredited regionally by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and
programatically by the Accreditaton Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (see here for details).
Since the program’s inception in 2005, our Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree has been one of the most successful programs at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Students enrolled in our accredited three-year Master’s Degree program gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese Medical Theory and the ancient and modern uses of acupuncture.
The Won Buddhism Certificate (WBC) is an 18-credit program for students wishing to further their understanding of Won Buddhism in the context of other Buddhist and religious traditions. Students can tailor their course of study to satisfy their individual interests and development goals.
As the only only higher education institution offering the study of Won Buddhism outside of South Korea, our two-year Master of Won Buddhist Studies program is specifically designed to present Won Buddhism within a Western context, preparing students to practice and teach Won Buddhism in the United States.
Designed for both current acupuncture students and licensed acupuncturists, the CHP certificate is a flexible two-year program that prepares students to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Exam. Classes are held one weekend per month (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and the clinical internship is held on alternating Sundays or Mondays starting in the third term of the program.