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MSHS in Integrative Medicine: Admission Requirements

Key Dates

Fall 2023*Spring 2023
Application Deadline7/21/23December 2023
Start Date8/24/23January 2024

*Applicants must apply in the summer to start this program in the fall semester.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

Completed application
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
A bachelor’s degree
Personal statement: Applicants must include a 400–600 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form. Also include an explanation of how you plan to balance your day-to-day responsibilities with the responsibilities of being a graduate student (reading and writing assignments as well as other projects, typically with weekly deadlines for each course).
Two letters of recommendation
Completed coursework: 3 credit hours of Biochemistry and 3 credit hours of Anatomy or Anatomy / Physiology
A medical degree or graduate degree in one of the core discipline areas is preferred
Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars, and graduates of minority-serving institutions (MSI).
Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here:
If applying to Fellowship: Please attach a copy of your medical licensure and a copy of your board certification, if applicable.
Fellowship – Identify clinical practicum site: You will be asked to identify the appropriate option for completing your clinical practice as part of the online admissions application. If you live within 25 miles of the Washington, D.C., metro area, you may either choose to go to one of our local affiliates or secure your own clinical site. If you are securing your own clinical site, you must submit a completed Clinical Site Verification Form and will be prompted to upload the completed form in the online application. Military applicants who are deployed overseas and cannot secure a clinical site at the time of admissions may submit the Clinical Site Verification Form at a later time.
Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines. Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs

International Students

This program is not visa eligible. Permanent residents or those with a valid visa (e.g., work) may apply to perform their rotation in the US. International students may apply without a visa if they have an approved clinical site in their geographic region.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics, or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based. GW’s school code for the TOEFL is 5246.
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if:

  • You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.