Requirements for admission to the masters of science in oriental medicine and acupuncture (“MSOMA”) program
Consideration for admission into the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Program requires that all applicants have satisfactorily completed a minimum of two academic years (60-semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of education at baccalaureate-level which provides appropriate preparation for graduate level work.
Alternatively, applicants must have completed an equivalent level of coursework from a university accredited or approved by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Such equivalent coursework must have cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Applicants who have a graduate-level education from foreign universities or colleges must submit an official transcript evaluation of their academic work and performance.
English Language Competency
Total score of at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet Based Test (TOEFL IBT) including a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and minimum listening exam score of 22, or an overall band score of level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
SCUSOMA offers Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program and Federal Graduate PLUS loans. All students who receive federal and/or state financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion in order to meet federal regulation requirements.
Duration and academic requirements for the master of science in oriental medicine and acupuncture (“MSOMA”) program
The minimum time required to complete the acupuncture program is four academic years or three calendar years. The maximum time allowed for completion of the program is twenty-four (24) quarters which equates to six academic calendar years. To complete the program within the maximum twenty-four (24) quarters, a student must successfully complete an average of six (6) credit hours each quarter.
To be considered a full-time student, a student must complete at least twelve (12) credit hours per quarter and forty-eight (48) credit hours per each academic year (four quarters).
Part-time students are expected to comply with the twenty-four (24) quarter maximum time limit as a requirement for graduation. If a student withdraws from a course, that course will be considered for new hours at the time of re-enrollment.
If a student fails to complete the curriculum within twenty-four (24) quarters from the date of admission, the student must reapply for admission. The student will be subject to the standards of SCUSOMA at the time of reapplication, not at the time of first application. If admitted into the program, the student must progress through the curriculum as a new student.
In addition to the hour requirements for satisfactory academic progress, a student must also maintain minimum quarter and cumulative grade point averages (“GPA”) of 2.0. A student is placed on Academic Probation if the student’s quarter or cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0. If a student on Academic Probation does not raise his or her GPA to 2.0 at the end of the quarter, the student will be subject to Academic Review. A student is not allowed to receive any federal financial aid while on Academic Probation.
A student who fails to be removed from Academic Probation by raising the GPA to above 2.0 is subject to counseling and may be required to audit courses for review purposes at the student’s expense. Transfer students will be evaluated individually by the Academic Dean according to the above standards of academic progress.
The Academic Dean reviews the academic standing of each student at the end of the quarter. Special schedules are generated for students who deviate from the regular schedule. A student must complete thirty-six units per academic year to progress to the next grade level and maintain INS eligibility if the student is under I-20 (foreign students).
About the School
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