Admission Requirements

Each program has different admissions criteria and deadlines

Doctoral Programs in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling admissions basis until the incoming class is full.  The first start date will be in Fall 2019. 

Prerequisites:

  • Graduate of ACAOM accredited MAc or MAOM program
  • 90 semester credits of undergraduate course work
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA from MAc/MAOM program

Limited transfer Credit (5 credits or less)

MAc graduates completing the program will receive a DAc upon completion of the program. MAOM graduates completing the program can receive either DAc or DACM. 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.

Masters of Acupuncture Studies Degree

Priority Deadline March 1  | FAll 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.

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3 Credits Basic Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Botany)
  • 6 credits Anatomy & Physiology

All prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes. The 3 credit basic science and 6 credits of Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed within 10 years of enrolling in the Master of Acupuncture Studies Degree program. Exceptions may be made to the time requirement for the Anatomy & Physiology courses for practicing medical professionals upon successful passage of a challenge exam. The challenge exam fee is $75 per exam. In addition, all applicants should ensure that they are capable of meeting the Master of Acupuncture Degree Technical Standards.

Master of Won Buddhist Studies Degree

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.

Prerequisites:

  • 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.

Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine

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.

Prerequisites:

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

Certificate in Won Buddhist Studies

Prerequisites:

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).

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