Admissions Requirements

Each program has different admissions criteria and deadlines

Doctor of Acupuncture Program Completion Track

APPLICATION DEADLINE August 1   | fall 2020 

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling admissions basis until the incoming class is full.  T


  • Graduate of an ACAOM accredited Master of Acupuncture (MAc) or Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program . Acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs accredited by ACAOM are considered Master’s-level even if the award was a diploma or certificate.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or international equivalent.

  • Completion of coursework in the following areas: Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry.

Limited transfer Credit (6 credits or less)

Online, or distance education, programs are governed by state higher education regulations. The Won Institute is permitted to deliver online programs in every state except Massachusetts, Kentucky, Wyoming and Montana. 

Learn more about our Doctor of Acupuncture Program Completion Track

Master of Acupuncture Studies (AcS)

Priority Deadline March 1 | Final Application Deadline June 15

Applications are accepted throughout the year with new students beginning only in the fall. Applications for the Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree program are due prior to June 15. In the case of a wait list, priority will be given to applications received before March 1.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject

  • 3 credits Anatomy & Physiology I

  • 3 credits Anatomy & Physiology II

All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Won Institute offers the Anatomy & Physiology courses 100% online over the summer each year. In addition, all applicants should ensure that they are capable of meeting the Master of Acupuncture Degree Technical Standards. 

Learn more about our Master of Acupuncture Studies program.

Master of Won Buddhist Studies

FAll Application Deadline AUgust 1 | Spring Application Deadline December 1

New students can begin the program in the fall or spring term. Applications for the spring term must be received by December 1. Applications for the fall term must be received by August 1.


  • Bachelors Degree in Won Buddhism or Asian Studies or Bachelors Degree and completion of the Preparatory Won Buddhist Studies program

Additional requirements may be required for pre-minister students. Please consult the most recent course catalog for more information.

Learn more about our Master of Won Buddhist Studies program.

Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHP)

FAll Application Deadline AUgust 1

Applications are accepted throughout the year with new students beginning only in the fall. Completed applications must be submitted by August 1. Students who are currently enrolled in an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and provide letters of recommendation from current faculty members familiar with the applicants work.


Applicants must either:

  • Be a licensed acupuncturist with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Have graduated from an ACAOM-approved Acupuncture program
  • Be currently enrolled in an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program as a second or third year student

Learn more about our Chinese Herbal Medicine certificate program. 


Certificate in Won Buddhist Studies


There are no separate prerequisites for admission to the WBS Certificate program beyond those for admission to the Won Institute. However, there may be prerequisites for certain courses. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Won Buddhism are eligible to apply directly to the WBS Master’s degree and Certificate programs. Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in Won Buddhism should first take two basic Won Buddhist scripture courses in the PWBS program (PWB100 Canon I and PWB110 Canon II) as prerequisites in order to enroll in master level Won Buddhist scripture courses (WBS531 Heart of Awakening, WBS536 Cultivating the Mind, and WBS541 Ground of Won Buddhist Ethics).

 Learn more about our Won Buddhist Studies certificate program. 

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