Apply to AOMA

Begin your journey.

AOMA considers applicants who demonstrate a clear intention to pursue graduate-level study, who model a high level of personal integrity, and who show an aptitude for Oriental medical education at the professional level. Please review Admissions Requirements for the degree program to which you are applying:

Master's Degree Requirements

First Professional Doctorate Requirements

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Application Process

Step 1: Start Your Application

Please apply through our online application system.

When applying online, you will be asked to enter your name and email to create an account. While completing your application, you will be asked to supply both personal and academic information on the application form and have the ability to save and complete your work at a later date. If you find you do now have all the information you need to complete the application, you will be able to return to finish the application at a later date after you have created an account.

Step 2: Submit Required Application Materials

In addition to the application form, applicants to the graduate and doctoral programs are required to submit materials that verify and document their educational and professional histories.

Please see the list of application materials required for each program below.

Step 3: Evaluation & Interview

Completed applications are evaluated by the Director of Admissions and the Admissions Committee. After this initial evaluation, applicants may be invited to conduct an admissions interview.

Please Note: AOMA conducts admissions  on a continuous, or rolling, basis. The amount of time required to process an individual application may vary depending upon how quickly all of the required application materials are submitted. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of published deadlines.

The admissions staff works to provide timely notification to applicants and acceptance or rejection is typically communicated within 2 weeks of the admissions interview date. The Director of Admissions contacts each candidate by email and direct mail to communicate the outcome of their application.

MAcOM Application Materials

Applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of:

  • Completed application form

  • Official college transcripts sent directly from the college(s) attended to AOMA’s admissions office

  • Personal statement of no less than 350 words that includes:

    • Reasons for embarking on this course of study at this school

    • Demonstration of a keen desire to study Oriental medicine

    • Proof of an understanding of the major commitment of time, finances, and personal dedication necessary for a successful academic career

    • Preparation for transition to graduate school and/or relocation to Austin

    • Career plans

  • Current resume or C.V., outlining educational and professional development

  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly to AOMA from professionals, instructors, and/or employers who know the applicant and the applicant’s skills and ability to perform master’s-level studies.

    • Letters must be signed by the authors. Letters may be submitted via AOMA’s electronic submission system bearing the electronic signature of the author (see online application form for details) or submitted by mail or fax. If faxed, letters should be printed on letterhead.

    • AOMA does not accept letters of recommendation submitted by direct email, photocopies, or unsigned letters.

  • Copies of any professional licenses or certificates

  • Copy of Driver's License or Passport

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

MAcOM Application Dates

New students may apply for the Fall, Winter, or Summer terms. Transfer students may apply for the Fall, Winter, Summer, or Spring terms. Admissions are conducted on a continuous, or rolling, basis and applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of published deadlines.

All students must attend new student orientation on the indicated dates preceding the first day of instruction.

Summer Term 2016

June 27: Summer term graduate application deadline

July 15: Summer term new student orientation

July 18: First day of classes

Fall Term 2016

August 29: Fall term graduate application deadline

September 16: Fall term new student orientation

September 19: First day of classes

DAcOM Application Materials

Traditional Applicants

DAcOM applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of:

1. Demonstrate ability to write professionally and scholarly by submitting an academically written paper. Guidelines and grading rubric are available upon request and contained in the Student Manual 2016-2017.

2. Submit a second personal statement of no less than 500 words and include:

  • Your understanding of the meaning of integrative medicine

  • Your interest in collaborative patient care and how you envision achieving it

  • Description of your plans for future scholarly work in the field of Chinese medicine

  • Description of your plans for future professional development and leadership in the field of Chinese medicine

For Students who have a master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine Degree

Applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of: 

1. Completed application form

2. Official college transcript(s) sent directly from all of the college(s) previously attended to AOMA’s admissions office

3. Personal statement of no less than 500 words to include:

  • Reasons for pursuing doctoral level work at this school

  • Proof of an understanding of the major commitment of time, finances, and personal dedication necessary for a successful academic career

  • Your understanding of the meaning of integrative medicine

  • Your interest in collaborative patient care and how you envision achieving it

  • Description of your plans for future scholarly work in the field of Chinese medicine

  • Description of your plans for future professional development and leadership in the field of Chinese medicine

4. Current resume outlining educational and professional development

5. Two letters of reference sent directly to AOMA from professionals, instructors, and/or employers who know the applicant and the applicant’s skills and ability to perform doctoral level studies

6. Copies of any professional licenses or certificates

7. Copy of driver’s license or passport

8. Nonrefundable application fee of $75

9. Complete a course each in chemistry, biology, and psychology from a regionally accredited or ACAOM accredited institution and provide proof on an official transcript

10. Demonstrate ability to write professionally and scholarly by submitting an academically written paper. Guidelines and grading rubric are available upon request and contained in the Student Manual 2016-2017. 

DAcOM Application Dates

AOMA is currently accepting applications for the July 2016 DAcOM program cohort. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the priority application deadline.

Summer 2016 Cohort:

June 22: Application Deadline

July 13:  New Student Orientation & First Day of Classes

DAOM Application Materials

Applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of:

1. Completed Application Form

2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended sent directly from those institutions to the AOMA Admissions Office.

  • AOMA Alumni who have graduated more than 5 years prior to the date of application must request official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. Official AOMA transcripts may be ordered by contacting the Registrar's Office at registrar@aoma.edu

3. Current CV outlining educational and professional development

4. Two letters of recommendation from instructors, employers, and/or collaborators who know the applicant and the applicant’s skills and ability to perform doctoral-level studies.

Letters must be signed by their authors. Letters may be submitted via AOMA’s electronic submission system bearing the electronic signature of the author (see online application form for details) or submitted by mail or fax bearing the signature of the letter writer. If faxed, letters should be printed on letterhead.
AOMA does not accept letters of recommendation submitted by direct email, photocopies, or unsigned letters.

5. Personal statement of at least 500 total words addressing all of the following criteria:

  • No less than 250 words that include:
    • Description of your most difficult interaction or communication in your professional career

    • Explanation of how you approached this difficult interaction and how the situation was resolved

    • Description of how the interaction influenced your approach to difficult situations

  • No less than 250 words that include:
    • Evidence of interest in the clinical specialty area
    • Description of plans for future scholarly work in the field of Chinese medicine

    • Description of plans for future professional development and leadership in the field of Chinese medicine

6. Demonstrate ability to write professionally and scholarly by submitting an academically written paper. Guidelines and grading rubric are available upon request and contained in the Student Manual 2016-2017. 

7. Provide copy of current acupuncture license or Oriental Medical Diplomate status from NCCAOM

8. Copy of driver's license or passport

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

Download a Checklist of Application Materials.

DAOM Application Dates

AOMA is currently accepting applications for the July 2016 doctoral program cohort. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the priority application deadline.

Summer 2016 Cohort:

June 22: Application Deadline

July 13:  New Student Orientation & First Day of Classes

International Students

In addition to the materials listed above for either program, international applicants are required to submit the following materials. 

  • All documents and fees required of US applicants (see above)
  • Official transcript(s) for all previous academic work
    • All transcripts must be in English.
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to AOMA from the institution where the work was completed.
  • Transcript evaluation report from a recognized provider of foreign academic credentialing services.
    • This credentialing report must be sent directly to AOMA from the credentialing service.
    • For a list of recognized, approved credentialing services, please click here.
  • Documentation of English Language Proficiency 
    • (See English Language Proficiency below)
  • Documentation of financial resources sufficient to demonstrate the ability to live and attend school in the United States for the first 12 months of study.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants to AOMA who are international (nonimmigrant) students from a non-English speaking foreign country, or who are U.S. permanent residents whose previous education was completed in a non-English speaking foreign country are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency with the English language through the submission of an original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS®) documenting a score of at least 87 on the internet-based test (IBT) with minimum scores of:
• 22 in listening
• 26 in speaking
• 24 in writing

Applicants taking the paper-based test (pbt) must submit an original TOEFL score report documenting a score of at least 508.

IELTS

As an alternative to submitting an official TOEFL score report, international applicants may instead demonstrate English- language Proficiency by submitting an official score report from IELTS demonstrating a minimum score of 6.5. 

Alternately, applicants may be exempt from the requirement to submit a TOEFL score report if they have demonstrated English language proficiency through the completion of two years (60 semester credits/ 90 quarter credits) of baccalaureate level education at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. DOE, or from an equivalent English-language institution in another country.