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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to all graduate academic programs, including academic certificate programs, master’s degrees, and doctoral programs, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.*

Some programs have additional requirements - see below or in the Academic Catalog.

Note: No standardized test scores are required for admission.

*If your bachelor’s degree was not completed at a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, copies of the institution’s academic catalog may be required and course syllabi may be requested. If your bachelor’s degree was completed at a college or university outside of the United States, a third-party course-by-course academic evaluation is required.

International Students

An applicant that has earned any degree outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from an approved foreign credential evaluation service confirming the foreign degree(s) U.S. equivalency. Students must order this evaluation independently, and must be received in a sealed envelope. Any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (www.aice-eval.org) can be used for the official evaluation of foreign degrees. MUIH will accept official degree evaluations from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org) that occurred prior to September 2016.

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Additional Program Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduate of MUIH Master of Acupuncture program
  • Current student in MUIH Master of Acupuncture program
  • Graduate or current student of an acupuncture or Oriental medicine program that is accredited by, or in candidacy with, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) †
  • Currently licensed acupuncturist in the United States who does not fit into any of the above categories
  • Professional healthcare provider currently licensed in the United States to practice acupuncture within the scope of a medical practice

†Students currently enrolled in acupuncture programs not at MUIH may be required to submit transcripts to verify completion of prerequisite coursework.

This program also has health requirements.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching

This program may have health requirements.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Herbalism

Applicants must have professional licensure in an allied health field such as medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, pharmacology, naturopathy, nursing, physical therapy, health education, exercise physiology, psychotherapy, nutrition, acupuncture, and other appropriately related health fields.

Other applicants with a bachelor’s degree or higher with related licensure and/or certification will be considered on an individual basis.

Master of Acupuncture and Master of Oriental Medicine

This program has health requirements.

Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching

This program may have health requirements.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health

Applicants for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA in undergraduate coursework.

Students in this program may have health requirements related to on-campus or off-campus clinical or practicum phases of the program. Requirements will vary by area of concentration and clinic, practicum, or thesis course selections.

Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism

Applicants for the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA in undergraduate coursework. Students in this program may have health requirements related to clinical or internship phases of the program.

Master of Science in Yoga Therapy

Applicants must have earned a minimum of 200-hour teacher training, such as a Yoga Alliance 200-hour registered school program or its equivalent, as well as one year of documented personal practice and one year of documented teaching experience after the completion date of the 200-hour teacher training. 

This program also has health requirements.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nutrition and Integrative Health

Applicants must:

  • Have earned a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Submit official transcripts to verify degree completion, along with copies of any licenses or certifications in the field of healthcare
  • Demonstrate completion of the following prerequisite requirements (eligibility to test out or be exempt from the prerequisite requirements is at the discretion of the academic director):
      • 3 semester credits of Organic/Biological Chemistry
      • 4 semester credits of Physiology and/or Pathophysiology

OR

  • Submit official transcripts to verify degree completion, along with a copy of license to practice in one of the following fields:
      • Nutrition/Dietetics
      • Medicine 
      • Chiropractic Medicine
      • Nurse Practitioner
      • Physician Assistant
      • Dentistry
      • Osteopathic Medicine
      • Nursing
      • Physical Therapy
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Pharmacy
      • Social Work
      • Other licensed healthcare professionals

Doctor of Acupuncture and Doctor of Oriental Medicine

MUIH’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Doctor of Oriental Medicine are First Professional Doctorate degrees. A student may enter the program with a bachelor’s degree; a graduate degree is not required for admission.

This program also has health requirements.

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

Admission requirements for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition vary depending on pathway. See the master’s degree and bachelor’s degree entrance options below. If you have any questions about your eligibility, we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Master's Degree Pathway

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition must:

  • Have earned a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited educational institution 
  • Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in master’s level coursework, or if school uses a pass/no-pass system, passing grades in all coursework
  • Submit official transcripts of all coursework taken to verify degree completion
  • Submit two academic or professional letters of recommendation*
  • Meet one of the following requirements:

A. Demonstrate the completion of the following prerequisite requirements from a regionally accredited college or university or complete missing coursework at MUIH under conditional acceptance to the doctoral program:

  • Nutrition (9 graduate level credits including macronutrients, micronutrients, and life cycle nutrition )
  • Clinical Skills (6 graduate level credits)
  • Biochemistry (6 graduate level credits)
  • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits at graduate or bachelor’s level acceptable)
  • Clinical, Life or Physical Sciences (12 credits – graduate or bachelor’s level acceptable; including 3 credits of graduate level statistics/research literacy. Typical courses include: biology, botany, micro-biology, nutrition science, pathophysiology, and organic or inorganic chemistry.) 

B. Hold one of the following credentials which is equivalent to the pre-admissions requirements: 

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) by the Board of Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
  • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB)

*Must use MUIH-supplied Applicant Recommendation Form

Bachelor’s Degree Pathway

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Bachelor’s Degree to Doctor of Clinical Nutrition must:

  • Have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a science-related major from a regionally accredited educational institution
  • Have a minimum overall 3.2 GPA in bachelor’s level coursework, or if school uses a pass/no-pass system, passing grades in all coursework.
  • Submit official transcripts of all coursework taken to verify degree completion
  • Submit two letters of recommendation:*
    • One from a previous faculty member
    • One from someone in the nutritional field
  • Interview
  • Demonstrate the completion of the following prerequisite requirements from a regionally accredited college or university:
    • Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
    • Life or Physical Science (3 credits)

*Must use MUIH-supplied Applicant Recommendation Form

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

In addition to the general admission requirements requiring a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, applicants to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine must meet the following requirements and supply the following required documentation:

  • Application
  • Personal essay
  • Resumé
  • Letters of Reference (3)
  • Transcripts of all institutions attended
  • A background check

This program also has health requirements.

Qualifications

Applicants poised to succeed in the naturopathic program have completed a well-rounded, undergraduate degree with representative coursework from both the humanities and the sciences. While being a science major is not essential, students must demonstrate a strong aptitude for the sciences. Biology, chemistry, and physics shape the foundation of our understanding of the human body, physiological processes, health and disease, and the complex interactions between humans and their environment. Reflecting on, communicating, and applying our understanding of these processes with compassion, clarity, cultural proficiency, and the skillful use of language forms the bridge that is the basis of the healing relationship. In order to assess student preparation and readiness for the naturopathic medical program, applicants will be required to document evidence of academic achievement, submit a personal statement and three letters of reference, as well as attend an in-person interview.

Evaluation of admissions qualifications will focus on the following areas:*

  • Intrapersonal Competencies:
    • Self-care, Regulation, and Resilience: Tolerates and effectively manages stress, stressful situations, and changing environments; demonstrates adaptability and recovers well from setbacks.
    • Reliability and Ethical Responsibility: Exhibits strong sense of honesty and integrity; consistently fulfills obligations in a timely and satisfactory manner; takes personal responsibility for actions and performance; models ethical and moral behaviors.
    • Capacity for Improvement: Demonstrates awareness of personal strengths and limitations. Sets goals for continuous improvement; solicits, receives, and responds to feedback in a mature manner.
  • Interpersonal Competencies
    • Social Skills and communication: Demonstrates awareness of social cues and adjusts behaviors appropriately in response. Communicates effectively with compassion, clarity, professionalism, and respect.
    • Cultural competence: Demonstrates an appreciation and respect for multiple dimensions of diversity. Recognizes and appropriately addresses bias in themselves in others.
    • Collaboration and Teamwork: Works collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals. Values contributions of others in the team environment.
    • Commitment to Service: Recognizes and acts on their responsibilities to society, locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Thinking and Reasoning Competencies
    • Critical Thinking: Utilizes logic and reasoning to identify and solve problems.
    • Quantitative Reasoning: Analyzes and interprets real-world quantitative information in the context of an interdisciplinary problem to inform conclusions.
    • Scientific Inquiry: Applies scientific process to integrate and synthesize information and solve problems.
  • Academic Competencies
    • Language arts: Effectively organizes, synthesizes, and professionally communicates ideas, findings, and discoveries, orally and in writing; adjusts their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively and respectfully with a variety of audiences and for different purposes; utilizes a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate all forms of text.
    • Humanities: Grounded in a broad educational and real-world experiences that include principles of social sciences and the arts; capacity for cultural understanding and awareness; ability to function in diverse settings, comprehend multiple perspectives, and question ideas and perspectives while remaining tolerant and open-minded.
    • Living systems: Utilizes natural sciences to solve problems related to the characteristics and structure of living things (molecular and macro systems), living processes, and the interactions and relationships of living things to each other and their environment.
    • Human behavior: Applies knowledge of self, others, and the range of social systems to understand address issues related to biopsychosocial factors and spiritual development across the lifespan.
  • Ability to Meet Essential Technical Skills and Abilities for Matriculation

*Adapted from AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

Prerequisites

Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants are expected to have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the following areas: prerequisite science courses, cumulative science and humanities prerequisites, and cumulative GPA for all institutions for higher learning attended. No grade below 2.5 in a prerequisite course will be accepted.

  • Biology: 6 semester credits, no labs required
  • Chemistry: 9 semester credits and at least 2 labs in the following areas: general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry
  • Physics: 3 semester credits of algebra- or calculus-based physics; lab not required
  • Humanities/English: 15 semester credits comprised of the following: 6 semester credits general humanities; 6 semester credits psychology; 3 semester credits English composition
  • Recommended:  Biochemistry, anatomy, cellular biology, developmental psychology, statistics, botany
  • Suggested: Medical terminology, biomedical ethics, immunology, genetics

Prerequisite science courses must be for science majors and must have been taken within the past 7 years. The School of Naturopathic Medicine accepts prerequisites completed at the community college level, however, to be competitive in the selection process, prospective applicants with community college prerequisites are encouraged to supplement these courses by successfully completing related advanced courses at a four-year institution.

Transfer credit and/or advanced-standing may be given to students who are transferring from other accredited naturopathic or health professions programs or who hold other health professions degrees (e.g., DC, MD, DO, foreign MD, etc.). Only graduate-level coursework (masters or doctorate) from institutions with candidacy status or accredited by agencies recognized for the Department of Education will be considered. The possibility of transfer credit or advanced standing must be determined during the admissions process and completed before matriculation. In all cases, applicants must meet the same requirements as candidates for the first-year class. Transfer credits will be determined on a case by case basis.  No more than 35% of total credits for the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program may be transferred. Students with advanced standing must complete at least two-thirds of the program and all of their clinical training at MUIH School of Naturopathic Medicine.  

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference are required.* Acceptable letters of recommendation are from:

  • Faculty members in science departments who taught you (up to 2 letters)
  • Non-science faculty member (up to 1 letter)
  • Healthcare provider/mentor (up to 2 letters)
  • Employer/supervisor (up to 1 letter)
  • Personal acquaintance (up to 1 letter)
  • If your college/university has an official committee or designated advisor, a single letter that represents your institution’s evaluation of you may be substituted for two letters.

*Must use online MUIH Applicant Recommendation Form

Personal Statement

In 750-1000 words, please detail why becoming a naturopathic doctor is important to you, how your background and experience have prepared you for a career in naturopathic medicine, your vision for how naturopathic medicine integrates with the present healthcare system, your future career goals, challenges you anticipate and how you plan to address them, and why you have chosen MUIH.

In-Person Interview

An in-person interview will be required of all qualified applicants. Prospective students will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and leadership from the School of Naturopathic Medicine

Health Requirements

On Campus Requirements

Students in the following programs with on-campus work and clinical experiences are required to take the University’s Bloodborne Pathogens class. This class is provided free by the University.

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs
  • Master of Acupuncture
  • Master of Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health with area of concentration in Human Clinical Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health with area of concentration in Herbal Medicine
  • Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism with area of concentration in Clinical Herbalism
  • Master of Science in Yoga Therapy
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Herbalism
  • Doctor of Acupuncture
  • Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine

In addition, students in the above programs will receive information sheets about Hepatitis B and/or Tuberculosis, and be required to sign an acknowledgement form. It is up to each individual student whether he or she would like to get tested, and that testing will be at the student’s expense.

Students will be contacted by their academic department or the Compliance and Risk Manager regarding these requirements and their completion. For more information about specific requirements, please view the Health & Training Requirements for Staff, Faculty, Students, Licensees, and Contractors Standards and Practices, or contact the Compliance and Risk Manager.

Off Campus Requirements

Students who participate in off-campus practicum and/or clinical experiences may need to complete the above listed health and training requirements and other health and training requirements dictated by off-campus sites. A practicum or clinical site may also require students to complete the site’s own Bloodborne Pathogens training course even if a student has completed the training at MUIH. In addition, off-campus sites may require students to complete a background check. Students must check with their off-campus sites to ensure all requirements are met prior to beginning their practicum or clinical experience.

In addition to the programs listed above with on-campus requirements, students in the following programs may have health and training requirements depending on off-campus practicum and/or clinical experiences:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health with area of concentration in Community Nutrition Education