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Admission Requirements

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.

Click here for more information for international students.

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
      • 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

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 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