Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.S.A.O.M.)
Admissions decisions are based on several factors, including previous academic performance, meaningful work experience, and recommendations by individuals qualified to judge the student’s potential for University work. ARU seeks students who are mature and highly motivated and whose professional goals are consistent with the mission and goals of the University.
Arirang University’s M.S.A.O.M. program requires a minimum of 36 months (3 full calendar years) to complete. The maximum time ARU permits for completion of the program is eight years. ARU allows for part-time study on a case-by-case basis. For additional information on part-time study, students should consult with the Admissions Coordinator.
Requirements for Admission
For admission into the M.S.A.O.M. program, ARU requires prior completion of two academic years of study (60 general education 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.
General Education requirements are defined as those areas of learning that are the common experience of all educated persons. These include studies from concentrated areas in humanities, mathematics, and the sciences, and the social sciences. Thirty six (36) of the minimum 60 semester units must be in these areas. Note that Courses within areas of concentration of the subject matter of a program shall not be considered General Education. The remaining twenty-four (24) credits may come from any other field of study, including areas of concentration, as long as that they are not remedial in nature.
In addition, ARU recommends that applicants complete six-semester credits in anatomy and physiology before enrolling in the M.S.A.O.M. program. However, students have the option of completing two anatomy and physiology courses during the first two trimesters of the M.S.A.O.M. program, as Anatomy and Physiology I and II are offered as part of the curriculum and subsequently required for graduation.
Applicants who have completed two academic years of study in a nursing or physician’s assistant program meet ARU’s undergraduate education requirements. ARU requires applicants to have maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in their previous undergraduate study.
Although not required, one letter of recommendation from a previous professor or employer substantiating that the applicant possesses the necessary intellectual ability and mental attitude to complete the required courses within the required time frame is helpful when evaluating the application, and so applicants are encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation.
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, see Student Handbook and/or ARU website, www.aru.edu).