International Students

Master’s (MSTCM) Program
First Professional Doctorate (DACM)

Transitional Doctorate Completion Program (DACM)

As an International student you have the opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine at one of the oldest colleges of Chinese Medicine in the country and the first of its kind to graduate students with a Master’s Degree in TCM. Our distinguished faculty are experts in their field and have helped educate our diverse alumni that are now practicing Chinese medicine throughout the world. We would like to invite you to join our college and continue to learn the values and traditions of ACTCM and to join other students in the pursuit of healing through traditional Chinese medicine.

Note: ACTCM is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Entry Requirements

To apply to the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) program, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), or the transitional Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine completion program (tDACM), you must have completed the following:

      1. 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.
      2. 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 at to discuss their options.
      3. English language competency, demonstrated by one of the following:
          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:
          • accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education,


          • 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;



          1. 2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score –80;


          1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format)

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

International students are required to maintain a minimum of 12 credits each semester while enrolled at ACTCM. This means that International Students must choose either the full-time track curriculum or 3/4 track curriculum. Half-time track and certificate program are not applicable for International students.

Foreign Credential Evaluation

All transcripts from schools outside the United States and Canada must be sent, at the applicant’s expense, to World Education Services (WES) foreign credential evaluation service. A course-by-course report* is required for all programs and will be used in lieu of the ACTCM at CIIS application requirement for original transcripts.

The evaluation service accepted by ACTCM at CIIS is:
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

*ACTCM at CIIS accepts the WES ‘Basic’ report, but applicants may wish to complete the ‘ICAP’.

ACTCM at 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 Admissions Office may accept foreign credential evaluations from other services in some cases. Please contact for further clarification

TOEFL and IELTS Scores

The TOEFL® test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world. The TOEFL® test measures your ability to communicate in English in colleges and universities. Accepted by 6,000+ institutions in more than 130 countries (PDF), it is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world.

All international applications must take the TOEFL iBt or the IELTS exam as a condition of acceptance. Acceptance is determined by either one of the following:

For more information on the TOEFL exam, please visit the TOEFL website.

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