Application Requirements

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At NUNM, we value and encourage a broad range of life experiences, along with the development of multiple talents. Historically, many great physicians have had skills and creative abilities reaching far beyond the scope of science and medicine. Well–rounded people with backgrounds in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are often excellent candidates for medical professions.

Criteria for selecting applicants for admission to NUNM’s programs include motivation, intellect, and character essential to becoming a physician or practitioner of natural medicine. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity, and demonstrated humanitarian qualities. Work and/or volunteer experience in health care, coupled with an awareness of the field of natural medicine, is strongly recommended.

Application requirements vary by program. Please review your program below to determine application requirements. Candidates for any program other than the undergraduate degree completion programs may select two programs concurrently.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Graduate Programs

Doctor of Naturopathic Program (ND)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to naturopathic medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Official copy of all college or university transcripts
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to (classical) Chinese Medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Official copy of all college or university transcripts
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to (classical) Chinese Medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MScN program

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis.

Master of Science in Integrated Medicine Research (MSiMR)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MSiMR program

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MScGH program

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH)

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Copy of active license – must either hold a license to work with patients in a medical/health care context (ND, MD, DAOM, MSOM/LAc, DO, DC, PsyD, RN, etc.) or be concurrently enrolled in a program that will provide them with such a degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MSiMH program

Recommendation Forms

All applicants are required to have two recommendations completed by their references. Once an application has been submitted, a recommendation form will be automatically emailed to your references. These forms should be completed by persons who know the applicant well and can evaluate the applicant’s skills and abilities. We look especially for those skills that transfer to the classroom setting (critical thinking, reasoning, writing, problem solving, assessment, etc.). Professors make great recommenders (assuming the student has taken a class with them). If an applicant has been out of school for a while, employers are also acceptable sources. Recommendations from family members, significant others, or close, personal friends are not viewed favorably by the Admissions Committee.

Where to send supplementary application materials

You may send supplementary application materials such as official transcripts and any other additional documents by one of the following methods:

On-Campus Interview

Completed applications will be evaluated, and those individuals who competitively meet requirements will be invited to a required interview on campus. Telephone and video (Skype) interviews are normally not granted, but may be considered under extenuating circumstances. The interview allows students to visit the college and decide if it is a good fit.