Requirements for Admission & Enrollment ...

Requirements for Admission & Enrollment Procedures


Requirements for Admission

Admission into the M.S.A.O.M. program requires prior completion of two academic years of study (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) at the baccalaureate level, or the equivalent at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the foreign equivalent.


Enrollment Procedures

Application forms, current school catalogs, and other information concerning enrollment may be obtained from Arirang University, Admissions Department, 7998 Donegan Drive, Manassas VA 20109 (Telephone: 703-420-2302; Website:

Students may apply at any time to the University and may enroll at the beginning of any trimester, provided the appropriate courses are being offered. However, all required documents listed below must be submitted to the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Those applicants judged to be fully qualified who exhibit ample evidence of their capacity to successfully complete the University’s educational programs will be contacted for an interview with the Admissions Coordinator. For those who live far from the campus and find it impractical to make a special trip, the required pre-admission interview may be made by telephone at the discretion of the Admissions Coordinator.

All U.S. applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (including Statement of Purpose).

  2. Application fee of $100.00 (non-refundable);

  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

  4. Two (2) passport-size photographs taken recently

  5. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license.

  6. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Arirang University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  7. Arrange for an interview with the Admissions Coordinator


International Students Admission

The University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students who are eligible for admission. International students must meet the same requirements for enrollment as students who are citizens or residents of the United States of America, plus additional requirements as stated below.

Credentials of students educated in other countries are evaluated individually. Applicants are required to provide English translations of foreign language credentials, and to provide (at the applicant’s expense) evaluations of their documents by an independent credential evaluation agency satisfactory to ARU (ARU provides a list of such agencies


Admissions Process for International Students

All international students fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must comply with federal law; hence, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.

In addition to the materials listed above required for U.S. applicants, international students must also submit:

  1. One copy of his or her official transcripts mailed to ARU directly from the college or university where the coursework was completed. For coursework completed in another language, the applicant must arrange for an official English translation of the transcripts at his or her expense. Additionally, all foreign coursework/academic credentials must be evaluated by a ARU-approved credentials evaluation service at the applicant’s expense.
    (Contact the admissions office for a list of approved evaluation services.)

  2. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.

  3. Proof of English language competency. An applicant may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:

  • Speaks English as his or her native language.

  • Has completed two years of baccalaureate level Education in an accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent English-language foreign institution

  • Scores at least 61 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test which also requires a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22.

  • Scores at least 61 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Receives an exemption letter from the Academic Dean, Academic Advisory Board, or the Admissions Committee

The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt and review of all related application materials required of foreign applicants.

SEVIS Payment Information
Please contact the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System at 1-800-892-4829 or

Interview at the U.S. Embassy
After receiving the I-20, making the SEVIS payment, student must make an appointment for a personal interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For more information regarding visa issuance, please consult the United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


Transfer Credit Acceptance Policy

Arirang University will consider awarding course credit toward the University’s degree program for credits earned in another institution of higher education. The requirements are as follows:

1. ARU will consider granting credit or coursework completed at colleges/universities in candidacy status or accredited by ACAOM or by another accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (or the foreign equivalent). Such coursework must be equivalent to a course required by ARU.

2. Coursework to be considered for transfer must have been completed within ten years of the date of application, and the applicant must have received a grade of “C” or better. In cases where the applicant has utilized the knowledge of a course as part of his or her job, ARU has the discretion of accepting courses taken more than ten years previous.

3. In order to receive transfer credit, pertinent transcripts must be received from the original institution at the time of application for admission.

4. Transfer credit is granted only when the total hours for any given course have been documented.

5. Transfer credits may be granted for a limited number of courses to individuals who have passed a state administered licensing exam such as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Nursing, etc. Applicants who have passed such an exam must be able to indicate a passing score in each of the specific areas for which transfer credit is requested.
6. Coursework taken at another institution after admission to ARU is not transferable unless approved in advance in writing by the Registrar, Student Affairs Coordinator or Academic Dean.

7. Coursework transferred into the program is not included when computing Grade Point Average.

8. ARU will not transfer in any clinical training credits.

8VAC40-31-140 (B)(6) A minimum of 30% of course work must be completed at the institution to be granted a degree from the institution.