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Educational Requirements for Admission

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred for all applicants of the Master’s of Traditional Oriental Medicine program at Emperor’s College, but not required. A background in western medicine is not required, nor is a graduate school entrance exam.

Applicants who have not earned a bachelors degree must have completed at least a minimum of an associate’s degree, or 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of general education, from a regionally accredited degree-granting college or university.

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required to apply.

English Proficiency

All courses taught in English.  English language competency must be required of all students seeking admission to the program. This may be demonstrated by one of the following means:

(a) The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate or graduate level, English based education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. English must have been the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used.


(b) The student must score a total score of at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) including a minimum speaking exam score of 26, or an overall band score of level 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, including a spoken band score of 8.0.

All students matriculating must demonstrate English language competency as a condition of admission.

Emperor’s College TOEFL code is 8409.

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Academic Requirements for Applicants Without a Bachelor’s Degree.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred for all master’s program applicants. Applicants without a baccalaureate or associate degree must have completed the following general education requirements prior to applying for admission:

  • English composition: minimum 3 units
  • Math: minimum 3 units college-level math that is transferable to a 4-year college or university.
  • Arts/Humanities: minimum 6 units from departments such as Art, Music, Theater Arts, Literature, Foreign Language, Philosophy or History.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: minimum 6 units from departments such as Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Communications, Geography, Journalism, Women’s Studies or Multi-Cultural Studies.
  • Natural Sciences: minimum 6 units from departments such as Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.
  • Elective courses will comprise the remainder of the required units of minimum coursework.

Additional Ways to Earn College Credit

Up to 50% of the educational requirements can be earned through prior learning assessments such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and College Advanced Placement (AP). Contact the admissions department for more information.

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