Degree Programs

Master degree program

The Master degree program at IHLSI requires ten courses. Students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for the degree coursework. Additionally, all students are required to complete two prerequisite courses in their first term of study:

Online Learning Strategy (1 unit)

Academic Writing & Research Ethics (1 unit)

The degree program length is flexible; however, the degree must be completed within three years.

Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

10 courses (total 40 credit units):

Foundations of Oriental Medicine and Theories (4 units)

Principles and Techniques of Molecular Cell Biology (4 units)

Diagnosis and Skills of Oriental Medicine (4 units)

Healing Energy Medicine (4 units)

Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork (4 units)

Nutrition & Food Therapy of Oriental Medicine (4 units)

Clinical Psychology (4 units)

Homeopathy Theory (4 units)

Herbal Treatment Strategy (4 units)

Herbal Materia Medica and Herbal Remedies Making (4 units + Capstone project 3 units)

(% Master's Project, incorporated into the capstone course)

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

10 courses (total 40 credit units):

Healthcare Regulations and Compliance (4 units)

Healthcare Financial Management (4 units)

Healthcare Economics (4 units)

Survey of Social Psychology (4 units)

Healthcare Leadership (4 units)

Healthcare Cost Analysis and Decision Making (4 units)

Practice Ethics and Risk Management Considerations (4 units)

Healthcare System Design and Innovation (4 units)

Operations Management for Health Organizations (4 units)

Strategic Management and Marketing (4 units + Capstone project 3 units)

(% Master's Project, incorporated into the capstone course)


The Master's degree program at IHLSI consists of ten courses, totaling 45 credit units or 45 quarter credit hours in US higher education. A credit hour is defined as the quantity of work represented by intended learning outcomes and confirmed by evidence of student achievement in academic activities. 

For one quarter credit, credit-bearing distance education courses are evaluated based on the learning outcomes ordinarily attained through 30 hours of student work (10 hours of academic engagement and 20 hours of preparation).

4 credit unit/credit hour = 4 x (30 hours) = 4 x (10+20) = 40 hours in Moodle course + 80 hours self preparation

Students must be registered appropriately, complete the course successfully, and pay the course assessment fee to obtain credit.

Estimated completion time: 1 – 1.5 years

*  Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.