Now accepting applications for Fall 2021!
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:
January 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline for Drama Therapy. Submit by January 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
February 15, 2021 - 1st priority deadline for all other programs. Submit by February 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
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This program starts each Spring and Fall semester.
Applicants interested in applying for this program must have graduated from a Master's degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine or Oriental medicine accredited by (or in candidate status with) the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or the foreign equivalent, with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies and the proof of completion of a general chemistry course. If you have not taken general chemistry, it may be taken as a co-requisite at ACTCM. Status of each institution or foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.
How to Apply
The College accepts applications for the Fall and Spring semester of each year during our priority application periods. Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials. Once materials are received and reviewed, students will be notified and and an admissions interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be notified of their status within 2 weeks following the interview (phone or Skype interviews are available for out-of-state and international students).
Where to Send Application Materials
All application pieces except official transcripts may be submitted through the Online Application Form.
Official transcripts may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
CIIS Admissions Office
1453 Mission St
San Francisco 94103
|Spring 2020 Semester||December 1, 2019|
|Fall 2020 Semester||June 15, 2020|
Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Paper transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Electronic transcripts must arrive directly from the institution or their designated electronic transcript service.
Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES).
A completed ACTCM Application Form
Complete the ACTCM application form by going to the Online Application Portal
Application fee ($65)
There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting your application.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have been teachers, mentors, supervisors, or other professionals (other than relatives and friends) who can comment on your ability to succeed within the DACMt. Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
A current resume
Please submit a complete resume with this application. Include the following information, if applicable:
- Education and post-graduate training
- Work history and professional experience
- Professional and health care licenses received
Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
A Statement of Purpose essay
Please submit a typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 500 words in response to the following questions:
- Discuss the personal and professional reasons that have led you to pursue the DACMt.
- Why do you wish to study at ACTCM specifically?
- What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience, both personally and professionally?
- What do you hope to contribute to the ACTCM community?
- What specific traits and experiences do you have that you believe will allow you to be successful, both in ACTCM's degree program and as a future TCM practitioner?
Please follow the directions at the top of the page for submitting materials.
English language proficiency requirement
English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:
1. 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:
a) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or
b) in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland. In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;
2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT)
Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80; or
3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Acceptable scores: ELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format)
Foreign Credential Evaluation
For students with an international academic history, please follow these steps for your foreign credential evaluation (e.g. WES – World Education Services):
Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.
For degrees earned outside of the United States or Canada, we will need a foreign credential evaluation. You, the applicant, need to initiate and request this, at your own expense, through a CIIS-approved foreign credential evaluation provider.
CIIS favors foreign credential evaluations provided by WES – World Education Services, and specifically the course-by-course-report. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
The foreign credential evaluation is used in lieu of sending original transcripts from abroad to CIIS. Original or notarized copies of the transcripts should only be sent to the foreign credential provider, per the foreign credential provider's instructions; there is no need to send these to CIIS!
When requesting the foreign credential evaluation, choose the appropriate degrees to be evaluated for the degree that you are applying for. If applying for a PhD at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA and MA must be evaluated. If applying for an MA at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA must be evaluated.
If you have studied abroad as part of a degree received in the United States or Canada (i.e. transfer credits from abroad), no WES evaluation is needed - provided these units are showing on your US/Canadian degree transcript. If you wish to receive transfer units for any courses earned outside of the United States/Canada that are not showing on a US/Canadian degree transcript, we do need a foreign credential evaluation for these courses.
Stay tuned for the February 2021 annoucement regarding Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2021-2022.
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, has disbursed forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. The Diversity Scholarship application deadline for Spring 2021 has passed. We anticipate offering the Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2021-2022; stay tuned for an annoucement in February 2021 for School Year 2021-2022.
If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our ACTCM Admissions Team:
ACTCM Admissions Team