Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health

Our Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH) is an active, experiential program designed to enhance self-awareness and facilitate self-discovery. Students should be prepared to be vulnerable with their peers and instructors as they explore their own psyches. Each student’s personal psychological discoveries will guide them in learning how to work with and assist clients.

Several courses are delivered in weekend formats, allowing a safe space and sufficient time for deep examination and processing. Students explore how their personal identities as healthcare professionals are shaped by what they learn about themselves. Throughout this process, our students have ample opportunity to practice new psychotherapeutic techniques as they support one another in self-exploration.

Students work closely with mentors to conceptualize and manage cases, practice skills and continually reflect on personal experience and growth as a practitioner. Our graduates are well equipped to address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders from an integrative medicine perspective.

The MSiMH program is available only to students concurrently enrolled in an NUNM clinical degree program (ND, MSOM or DSOM).

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The program may be taken concurrently with one of the following programs:
Fall 2017: ND, DSOM, or MSOM.

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • ND/MSiMH

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MSiMH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    General Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MSiMH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM. (double spaced)

    • Course Descriptions

      College course catalog descriptions for all of your science prerequisites in a single document.

    • ND/MSOM #1

      How do you see yourself using the ND or CCM degree five years beyond graduation from NUNM? (maximum 1000 words, double spaced)

    • ND #2

      In addition to academic standards, NUNM requires students to meet a variety of technical standards, which includes communication skills, among others. The process of becoming a physician requires giving difficult feedback to your patients, and possibly, receiving difficult feedback as a way to challenge your performance in being a better physician. Describe a time in which you communicated difficult information or received feedback that challenged you to grow. How did you respond and what was the outcome? (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMH #1

      Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #2

      Briefly, how does the Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program, personally and professionally? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #3

      This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #4

      In a paragraph or two, how would you describe yourself? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #5

      While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #6

      Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for ND
    Credits 85.75
    Cost/Credit $424.00
    Tuition $36,358.00
    Fees $1,550.00
    Total $37,908.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total ND Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      286

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      302

  • DSOM/MSiMH

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MSiMH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM. (double spaced)

    • Course Descriptions

      College course catalog descriptions for all of your science prerequisites in a single document.

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • DSOM #2

      How do you see yourself using the DSOM degree five years beyond graduation NUNM?

    • MSiMH #1

      Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #2

      Briefly, how does the Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program, personally and professionally? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #3

      This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #4

      In a paragraph or two, how would you describe yourself? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #5

      While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #6

      Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

    Estimated Program Cost

  • MSOM/MSiMH

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MSiMH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MSiMH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM. (double spaced)

    • Course Descriptions

      College course catalog descriptions for all of your science prerequisites in a single document.

    • ND/MSOM #1

      How do you see yourself using the ND or CCM degree five years beyond graduation from NUNM? (maximum 1000 words, double spaced)

    • MSOM #2

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MSiMH #1

      Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #2

      Briefly, how does the Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program, personally and professionally? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #3

      This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #4

      In a paragraph or two, how would you describe yourself? (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #5

      While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH #6

      Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

    Estimated Program Cost