MAcOM Admissions Requirements

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.

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.

Spring Term 2015*

*Transfer Students Only
February 16 Spring term graduate application deadline
April 13 First day of classes

Summer Term 2015

 
May 23 Summer term graduate application deadline
July 20 First day of classes

Fall Term 2015

 
August 1 Fall term graduate application deadline
September 21 First day of classes

 

Admissions Requirements

Traditional Students

Students come to AOMA from a wide range of backgrounds and are inspired by many different life experiences. It is this very diversity that creates the rich, vibrant community that you’ll find with your fellow students.

Applicants who meet the criteria outlined below may be considered for admission upon receipt of the required application materials.

Admissions Criteria – Traditional Students (First-Time, New Students)

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of study
  • The capacity to model professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care

Exception to Admissions Criteria for Traditional Students

AOMA maintains an exception within the admissions criteria wherein students without a completed bachelor's degree who are otherwise well-qualified for the graduate program, may be considered for admission. 

Students who have not completed bachelor's degree may be considered for admission provided they have completed a minimum of 90 baccalaureate level semester credits (135 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 prior to applying. 



The 90 credits must include at least 30 credits of general education courses drawn from the following areas:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum 6 credits)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (minimum 6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/mathematics (minimum 6 credits)
  • Communications (minimum 6 credits)

Download a PDF outline of the general education requirements.

AOMA may accept credit obtained through testing, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), only if such credits have been previously accepted by a regionally accredited college or university and documented on the official transcript sent to AOMA. A maximum of 15 semester credits can be accepted in this category towards the admissions requirements.

Transfer Students

Applicants who meet the criteria outlined below may be considered for admission upon receipt of the required application materials.

Admissions Requirements – Transfer Students from ACAOM-Accredited Acupuncture Schools

Students attending an ACAOM-accredited school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and who meet the following admissions requirements may apply for transfer at any time during their tenure at their current acupuncture school.



  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of study
  • The capacity to model professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in previous acupuncture & Chinese medical program

Exception to Admissions Criteria for Transfer Students from ACAOM-Accredited Acupuncture Schools

Potential transfer students who do not possess a bachelor's degree, may be admitted to AOMA under the following criteria, and provided they have demonstrated an aptitude for professional study of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. All students admitted under this exception may be required to complete additional course work in order to gain the necessary proficiencies to advance in the program. 
In order to be considered for admission, transfer students must fulfill each of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits (90 quarter credits) at the baccalaureate level from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. These 60 credits must include a minimum of 30 credits in general education drawn from the following areas:
    • Humanities and Fine arts (minimum 6 credits)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences including History and Political Science (minimum 6 credits)
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (minimum 6 credits)
    • Communications, written and oral (minimum 6 credits)
  • Completion of at least one academic year (minimum 30 semester credits/45 quarter credits) of acupuncture and Chinese medical studies at an ACAOM- accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75

Click here to download a PDF guide to the general education requirements.

Transfer Credits:

In order to graduate from AOMA, a transfer student must successfully complete at least 35% of didactic credits and at least 50% of clinical credits at AOMA. To complete the degree at AOMA, transfer students must successfully pass, with a score of 70% or better, all practical and written benchmark and exit exams.

Because most ACAOM-accredited acupuncture schools have similar curricular standards, students are often able to transfer the bulk of their credits towards graduation from AOMA’s program. Students interested in transferring to AOMA will meet with our transfer advisor for a transcript review to ensure proper placement in the program

International Students

AOMA welcomes qualified applicants from around the world, and looks forward to enriching the student body through increased diversity on campus.

In addition to meeting all of the admissions requirements for domestic students describe above,  international students are required to submit additional application materials and demonstrate proficiency with the English language.

For a list of the required application materials and documents, please visit How to Apply.

English Language Proficiency:

Please visit the International Students page for additional information about English-Language Proficiency.

Additional Resources

AOMA is listed in SEVP as “Academy of Oriental Medicine, Austin”

Additional Assistance:

If you are unsure of whether your previous undergraduate education satisfies the requirements for admissions, the Director of Admissions can assist you by evaluating your previous coursework or degree. For assistance, please contact the admissions office by phone (512-492-3017) or email.