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Dongguk University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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The Dongguk University of Los Angeles is a non-profit, oriental medicine university located in central Los Angeles, CA. The establishment traces its roots back to the Royal University of America, which entered into a collaborative arrangement with the Dongguk University Korea in 1997. It then officially came to be known as the Dongguk University Los Angeles or DULA in March 2009. 

The institution offers the accredited postgraduate program Master’s in Science of Oriental Medicine (MSOM)and a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program for students to study in the USA. The establishment boasts of having the largest Oriental Medicine facilities in the US, located centrally in Los Angeles.


The original Dongguk University at South Korea is the oldest and one of the most prestigious medical academia in the country, well-regarded for its College of Oriental Medicine.


Type of UniversityPrivate
Establishment Year1997
Campus TypeUrban
Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate Students11,900 USD per year
Number of Programs2
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL/ IELTS

Programs, Campus, and Residence


The Dongguk University Los Angeles offers two postgraduate programs:

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) is a four-year program that prepares students for licensing examinations. This flagship program of DULA is offered in three languages – English, Chinese and Korean.[8]

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) is a two-year postgraduate program and is conducted in English only.


The DULA campus is located centrally in Los Angeles where the majority of the diverse population of the city converge. The campus is easily accessible by all modes of transport. The 51,000 square feet facility is a four-story building that houses 35 classrooms, a library, and several study areas, along with an oriental medical center complete with treatment rooms and a herbal dispensary too.


Dongguk University Los Angeles does not offer on-campus housing facilities to its students. However, students can look for off-campus student housing to stay in the US.

Admission Process

Dongguk University-Los Angeles offers admission to students in two postgraduate programs. International students have to fulfill some additional requirements so that DULA can issue an I-20 for them:

How to apply: Paper Application (download form from the website)/ Online through the DULA website.

Application fee: 100 USD, an additional 100 USD for International applicants towards I-20 fee.

Admission Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree is preferred; a minimum of an Associate's degree or 60-semester units of baccalaureate-level education acquired from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. It is not mandatory for applicants to have a background in western medicine or to have qualified a graduate school entrance exam.
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all institutes attended sent directly from the issuing institutions to the DULA admissions office. Certificates originally issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • International candidates are required to submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation including degree equivalency through an accredited academic credential evaluation service provider.
  • International applicants should submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores in support of their English Language Proficiency. Acceptable scores are:
TOEFL-iBT80 and speaking score 26
IELTSan overall band score of 6.5 and 8.0 in spoken band
  • Two recommendation letters in either English, Korean, or Chinese.
  • One-page typed personal essay in English.
  • One recent 2”x2” color headshot photo of the applicant

International candidates should submit the following documents for the processing of I-20 form:

  • A certified financial statement, certified by a financial institution, verifying the availability of at least 25,900 USD for single students to meet the educational and living expenses for one year. Sponsored applicants should get their Financial Statement signed by the sponsor.
  • A copy of a valid passport.
  • Applicants who are currently studying in the US on an F-1 visa and are requesting a transfer to DULA, must submit a copy of their I-94 form, I-20 form, visa, and the first page of their passport along with a completed transfer release form.

Cost of Attendance

An estimated cost of attendance for pursuing studies at DULA is presented below for the year 2019-20:

AnnualMSOM (4 Year Program)DAOM (2 Year Program)
Tuition and Fees11,900 USD11,200 USD
Room and Board10,850 USD10,850 USD
Transportation900 USD900 USD
Personal2,250 USD2,250 USD

Scholarship and Financial Aids

Most Financial Aid at DULA is federal in nature and has to be applied through FAFSA. Only candidates who are a citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the USA are considered for federal financial aid. DULA has a few institutional scholarship options as well that are available for international students:

New Incoming Student Scholarship: Each year 2 MSOM students are shortlisted to be awarded 1,000 USD as the New Incoming Student Scholarship. Candidates with a minimum of 3.5 GPA (out of 4.0 scale) in their most recent qualification can apply along with a personal essay.

Didactic Merit scholarship: This scholarship is for current students who enrolled in a minimum of 36 units within the last 4 consecutive quarters and have the highest GPA in the class. The best student is awarded 1,000 USD per year while the second-best student gets 500 USD per year.

Clinical Merit scholarship: This award is for the outstanding intern and is granted 500 USD per year.

Work While You Study

A few work-study opportunities are offered at DULA. The Program Director can be approached for more information about this.

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Dongguk University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population251
FAFSA Code031095
Application Cost$100
Accreditation ACCAO
Average Cost of Attendance$3,750 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Attendance Cost


Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Post Graduate Program$3,750 / Year

Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


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