Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research

As the need for integrative medicine increases, so does the demand to develop the evidence base for its practice. The Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) is a unique program that trains master’s level researchers, evidence-based clinicians, and clinician researchers by offering courses catering to multiple career paths, while contributing to the growing research base in integrative medicine.

The MSiMR degree is one of the few programs in the country that allows students to study integrative medicine while applying rigorous research methods derived from basic science and public health. Clinical and laboratory research methods are emphasized in the program, as both are essential to provide a solid foundation for natural therapies.

Our graduates have hands-on skills in research methodology, study design, data collection and analysis, allowing them to develop high-quality studies that are relevant to the real-world practice of integrative medicine.

The MSiMR program is currently only available to students concurrently enrolled in another degree program at NUNM.

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

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Program Options

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

  • ND/MSiMR

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for ND
    Credits 95.75
    Cost/Credit $414.00
    Tuition $39,640.50
    Fees $2,500.00
    Total $42,140.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2016-2017 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

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      59

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      67

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MSiMR

    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 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, 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/MSiMR 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.

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • 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)

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

  • DSOM/MSiMR

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM
    Credits 73.75
    Cost/Credit $414.00
    Tuition $30,532.50
    Fees $2,880.00
    Total $33,412.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2016-2017 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 DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      257

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      267

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      59

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      67

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMR

    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 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, 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 DSOM/MSiMR 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.

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • 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?

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

  • MSOM/MSiMR

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM
    Credits 59.25
    Cost/Credit $414.00
    Tuition $24,529.50
    Fees $2,500.00
    Total $27,029.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2016-2017 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 MSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      213

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      219

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      59

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      67

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MSiMR

    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 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, 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 MSOM/MSiMR 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.

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • 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.

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

  • MScN/MSiMR

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MScN
    Credits 71
    Cost/Credit $414.00
    Tuition $29,394.00
    Fees $2,500.00
    Total $31,894.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2016-2017 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 MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      46

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      61

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      59

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      67

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MSiMR

    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 * 1 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.

    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 MScN/MSiMR 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.

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

  • MScGH/MSiMR

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH
    Credits 58
    Cost/Credit $414.00
    Tuition $24,012.00
    Fees $8,500.00
    Total $32,512.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2016-2017 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 MScGH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      31

    • Elective credits

      14

    • Total required credits

      45

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      59

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      67

    Admissions Requirements for MScGH/MSiMR

    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 * 1 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.

    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 MScGH/MSiMR 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.

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • Course Descriptions

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

    • MScGH #1

      How do you intend to use global health in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #2

      Describe your background in health, social justice, international studies, or other background information that you think is relevant to your interest in the MScGH program. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #3

      What is the most interesting thing that you (individually) or the U.S. (collectively) could do to improve global health in the next 10 years? Name the problem and solve it. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)