Apply now for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020!

This program is currently accepting applications for Spring, Summer, or Fall: Click here to apply

This program starts each Spring, Summer, and Fall semester.

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Application Deadline Information for Spring 2020:
October 15, 2019 - Priority deadline for all programs starting Spring 2020
November 15, 2020 - Extended deadline: Applications after this date will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.
December 1, 2020 – Final deadline: If space remains available from previous rounds, this is the final deadline by which we accept applications. There are no guarantees that space remains available after Nov 15th.

Application Deadline Information for Summer 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Priority deadline for all ACTCM programs.

Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - Priority deadline for all other programs (1st review): Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss this deadline.

All programs have a Fall start. To see a list of programs that are accepting for Spring, please click here

How to Apply

The College accepts applications for each semester and students are encouraged to apply as early as a year in advance for the desired semester. 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 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).

We have created a side-by-side comparison chart to help you find the degree program that is right for you.

This chart highlights the requirements, goals and the differences among all of our programs, including the first professional degrees (MSTCM, DACM), the transitional doctorate (DACMt) and the postgraduate doctorate (DAOM).

International Student Information 
Transfer Student Information


Semester Application Deadline
Spring 2019 Semester December 2, 2018
Summer 2019 Semester

April 6, 2019

Fall 2019 Semester

August 1, 2019

-A completed ACTCM Health Certificate will be required upon acceptance. 

-Applications submitted after the application deadline will still be considered. Priority, however, is given to those individuals whose applications are received before the official deadline.

Entry Requirements

To enter the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program, you must have completed the following requirements before applying:

  • A minimum of 90 semester- or 135 quarter-units from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a foreign equivalent.* Credits must be at the college level and be applicable toward a degree program such as an associate's degree or bachelor's degree.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and ACTCM will consider prospective students whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.
  • Demonstrated competency in English, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL test for international students.

*Approval status for the foreign equivalency of each institution will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

Admissions Requirements: 

A completed ACTCM Application Form

Complete the ACTCM graduate application.

Application fee ($65)

There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting your application.

Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended

Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.

Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES).

Please follow the instructions at the top of the page for submitting transcripts.

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 MSTCM/DACM program. Please follow the instructions 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
  • Research

Please follow the instructions 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 a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • 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 instructions at the top of the page for submitting materials.

GPA Statement (for those with a GPA under 3.0)

Applicants with cumulative GPAs less than 3.0 must submit an additional GPA Statement in order to be considered for admission. This statement should be a minimum of 250 words and discuss the following:

  • What are the reasons you struggled academically?
  • What you have done professionally and academically post-graduation that demonstrates that you are dedicated to TCM and capable of performing well in a rigorous academic environment?

Please follow the instructions at the top of the page for submitting materials.

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):

  1. Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'.

  4. 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).

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2019-2020

CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020. 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. Apply for the Spring 2020 semester by December 1, 2019 via this application link below. Start the Diversity Scholarship application now!

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Ryan Kozisek
(415) 229-9734

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