California Institute of Integral Studies

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Master's Degree (MSTCM)


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Master's Degree

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) is a comprehensive program designed to help students develop the knowledge and clinical proficiency necessary to become a successful, independent healthcare provider—whether as an individual practitioner or part of an integrative medicine team.

Chinese Medicine is a medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the belief that Qi (the body's vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) in the body and keeps a person's physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental health in balance.

Our students learn how to apply ancient wisdom to modern healthcare practices.

About the Program

MSTCM is a four-year, full time program. 

Additional program details:

  • Students have the opportunity to intern at ACTCM's onsite Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, Auricular Clinic, and other specialized sites in the Bay Area, including community health clinics, academic medical centers, hospitals and more.
  • Our herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the country, with education in herbal theory, identification, and function of more than 500 herbs. On campus, students have access to the herbal lab/clinic and student-run herbal garden containing over 150 types of herbs and plants from around the world.
  • Our faculty includes world-renowned Western and Eastern-trained practitioners who have experience working in integrative medicine.
  • Students participate in a 2-week study abroad program in China. The program provides a strong foundation in TCM theory, differential diagnosis, and treatment skills. Students train in a hospital in-patient setting and an out-patient clinic, and concentrate on acupuncture, herbal medicine, or a combination of both.
  • ACTCM provides a student-mentorship program, tutoring, weekly lunch presentations, ACTCM scholarships, a TCM library, and career workshops.
  • Our students consistently receive high scores on national and California licensure exams.
  • ACTCM is located in a world class city that continually ranks as one of the happiest, healthiest, and most progressive cities in America.



Accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 176

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $495 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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