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America’s only accredited bachelor’s specialization in Life & Wellness Coaching

  • Graduate with a BA degree, MIU Life Coaching certification, and a deep understanding of how to bring balance to the body, mind, and emotions.
  • Hone the fundamental skills of coaching to empower clients to make improvements in their lives and assist them through change
  • Learn powerful Ayurveda wellness techniques to enhance health and happiness
  • Create a business plan for your own coaching or wellness career
  • Study online for maximum flexibility
  • Federal grants and loans typically cover all or most costs for US students

Awaken your innermost Self

At the heart of this one-of-a-kind program is the understanding that each person is a unique individual. 

We’ll teach you to identify a client’s unique mind-body constitution and apply techniques that are compassionate, motivating, and specific to each person to promote change. 

Our mission is to help you awaken your innermost self so that you can guide others in the same process of self-realization.


Cultivate a balanced approach to life coaching

As a graduate of this program, you’ll take with you a deep understanding and personal mastery of: 

  • Fundamental coaching skills, including active listening, mirroring, motivating, being self-aware, and providing feedback and suggestions.
  • Principles of healthy living, as described in Maharishi AyurVeda and other contemporary disciplines of health and wellness (e.g., positive psychology, diet and nutrition, and health-related fitness). 
  • Business planning, such as documenting client intake, progress, and outcomes, keeping financial records, managing a schedule, and developing a network of connections to the local community.
  • Applying the principles of healthy & effective living to your own life to develop radiant health and expanded self-awareness that will serve as a strong foundation for life and wellness coaching. 


Help create a better world

Widespread change begins within each individual, so the work of a life coach is impactful not only for their clients but for their community and the world.

In this program, you’ll learn to help people enact lasting change and achieve goals, as well as instill self-confidence, develop intrinsic motivation, boost self-esteem, and even help to build a foundation of trust in oneself and others.


Ayurveda wellness

We teach the Maharishi AyurVedaSM health system – the modern, scientific revival of complete Ayurveda. Maharishi AyurVeda includes balancing the deepest value of mind – consciousness, which is the basis of balancing the body. It incorporates all aspects of mind, body, behavior, and environment in a scientific framework.


Online and easy for transfer students

If you transfer in 60+ credits, this degree will only require you to earn 69 additional credits, which can be completed in four semesters. (Inquire with an admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.)

This online program allows for maximum flexibility – live and learn wherever suits you best!


Transcendental Meditation & Consciousness-Based Education

Self-knowledge is at the heart of the Consciousness-Based educationSM provided by MIU. Discover how to directly experience your innermost nature through practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, so you can easily connect what you learn to your own life.

The TM technique is an especially powerful tool for life coaching and wellness. Evidence-based benefits include clearer thinking, greater happiness, reduced stress, improved health, and increased motivation.

Featured classes 

A Pathway from Knowledge to Practice

This course lays the foundation for a system of holistic health that can be embodied and shared with others. You’ll learn a code of ethics, how to establish local connections to aid in professional growth, how to explore your vision and priorities and help others do the same, and how to connect with your own personal power. This course gives you the necessary tools to embark on a successful life and wellness coaching career, not to mention building a foundation of trust and compassion with clients.

Life Coaching and the Body

In this course, you’ll learn about common-sense life and wellness coaching through a holistic approach that integrates the Maharishi Ayurvedic principles of cultivating a life that is intrinsically and extrinsically balanced. You’ll practice putting care and focus into the core of everyday life, and learn what holistic care means in terms of considering the physical well-being and health of individuals when working to address imbalances.

During this course, you’ll begin to put knowledge into practice by working towards a health goal of your own. You’ll build a map that will help establish the health goal and aid you in learning how to teach habit changing and goal planning to others.

Capstone Project: Integrating Knowledge and Skills into Coaching

With the help of a volunteer “client,” you’ll document your ability to establish goals for the client’s personal development and assist the client to make progress towards those goals. As a part of this capstone project, you’ll apply and integrate all knowledge you’ve learned, including proper record keeping, scheduling of sessions, active listening, motivational coaching, and forming a coach/client relationship that is built on trust, compassion, understanding, and professionalism.

  • Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self-Pulse Reading for Good Health
  • Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition
  • Maharishi Yoga Asanas
  • Foundation of Life and Wellness Coaching: A Pathway from Knowledge to Practice
  • Life and Wellness Coaching I: Life Coaching and the Body
  • Life and Wellness Coaching II: Life Coaching the Mind and Self
  • Life and Wellness Coaching III: Integrating the Knowledge of Life Coaching into Skills
  • Life and Wellness Coaching Telehealth Externship: Applying the Skills of Life and Wellness Coaching
  • Capstone Project: Integrating Knowledge and Skills into Life and Wellness Coaching

Cost & aid for bachelor’s degree programs, 2022-23

Tuition is based on the total number of credits per semester – two semesters per year. Typically, enrollment is two courses at a time, 17 credits (full-time) or one course at a time, 9 credits (3/4 time)

US Online Undergraduate, ¾ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$4,800
Federal grants (maximum)-$2,550
Net cost per semester$2,250
Federal student loan-$2,550
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

US Online Undergraduate, ½ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$2,700
Federal grants (maximum)-$1,700
Net cost per semester$1,000
Federal student loan-$1,000
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

US Online Undergraduate, less than ½ time (4 credits)

Cost– less than ½ time
Tuition$2,000
Federal grants (maximum)-$850
Net cost$1,150
Federal student loans (not available)0
Your payment$1,150

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International Online Undergraduate

Typically, online enrollment is two courses at a time (17 credits) or one course at a time (9 credits), per semester (two semesters per year).

Tuition per Semester
Full-time (12 or more credits)$8,000
¾ time (9-11 credits)$4,800
½ time (6-8 credits)$2,700
Less than 6 credits$500 per credit


Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

FAQ

Many life coaches choose to be self-employed and often specialize in specific client needs, such as career coaching, relationships, spirituality, fitness, retirement, work-life balance, general wellness, etc.

Corporations also hire coaches to help ensure a good work environment for employees. Coaches can work in the healthcare industry alongside doctors to help patients meet health goals.  There are also many gyms and studios that employ coaches to help clients meet goals and enact change.

This online bachelor’s specialization includes 32 credits of required course work in Life and Wellness Coaching, as well as the required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences or any other bachelor’s degree program you choose.
You should plan to spend 12-14 hours per week for a 4-credit eight-week course. If you are taking 2 courses during an eight-week period, you should plan to spend 24-28 hours per week reading, creating assignments and discussion forum posts, and studying course materials.

The time it takes to complete an online course successfully depends on your willingness to stick to a regular schedule and learn to study effectively more than on any other factor.

We accomplish this by using an online learning platform that students find highly engaging. The program also features an extensive collaboration between students and one-on-one interaction between our faculty and each student.

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