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Master of Acupuncture

MUIH’S Master of Acupuncture, the first accredited master's degree program in acupuncture in the United States, offers a comprehensive curriculum combining rigorous classroom teaching with a rich clinical experience.

The Master of Acupuncture is designed to blend ancient healing traditions with contemporary science as the basis for treating the whole person. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the classical and theoretical foundations of the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, provides a focus on the Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture tradition and Eight Principle treatment strategies, and introduces students to biomedicine from an integrative and holistic perspective, as needed for the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. 

The program emphasizes self-cultivation and “healership” – offering students a rigorous, transformative, and relationship-centered curriculum that acknowledges the complex interrelationship between body, mind, and spirit. The program also provides a solid foundation in practice management and the skills necessary to build a practice or enter the work force and participate in today’s growing healthcare field. 

Program Highlights

  • First accredited acupuncture program in the United States, offered since 1981.
  • Flexible, full-time formats: two days each week with occasional intensives, some online courses, and additional, self-scheduled electives, or evening and weekend courses.
  • Rigorous clinical experience beginning in the second trimester.
  • Solid foundation in career development, practice management, and business skills.
  • Only accredited graduate program to offer National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) training and related clinical experience as part of curriculum.
  • Dynamic and distinguished faculty, including renowned leaders in the fields of Chinese medicine, philosophy, and wellness.
  • Cohort learning format that provides mentorship and flexibility for students to learn in small groups and in one-on-one settings during clinical rotation.
  • Unique university setting provides exposure to multiple integrative health fields, preparing students to work with other healthcare providers.
  • Ability to specialize in the treatment of certain health conditions and populations, including pain mangagement and women's health.
  • Eligible for federal financial aid.

Professional Opportunities

The success of graduates is a significant measure of any educational institution’s value. More than 1,000 graduates of MUIH’s Master of Acupuncture program are dispersed widely throughout the United States in more than 40 states and seven countries.

Many of our graduates have independent individual and group practices in their communities. Others have shared practices with physicians, chiropractors, and mental health professionals, as well as affiliations with drug detoxification programs, detention centers, and veterinary practices. Our graduates are also employed in hospital settings, university health centers, HMOs, integrative health clinics, community services, and wellness programs. Graduates are often highly active in educating the public through wellness workshops and seminars, in public and private schools, and at institutions of higher learning.