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Bachelor’s Specialization in Life & Wellness Coachingonline

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.


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.

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What is Ayurveda?

logo “Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a complementary health approach.”

Is Ayurveda effective?

logo“Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy in combination with standard, conventional medical care.”

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.

Get started by contacting Jenny

Jenny Beth, admissions counselorJenny Beth is this program’s admissions counselor for US students. Jenny will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with the program director or faculty.

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International applicants may connect with us through our international inquiry form.


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Degree requirements

To graduate with a Specialization in Life & Wellness Coaching, students must complete:

Featured courses

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A Pathway from Knowledge to Practice

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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.

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Life Coaching and the Body

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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.

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Capstone Project: Integrating Knowledge and Skills into Coaching

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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.

    Students investigate the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda and the role of nature’s rhythms in promoting wellbeing through Ayurvedic knowledge. The daily and seasonal rhythms of nature will be examined in the light of how they influence an individual’s state of health. This includes the impact of daily routines, sleep patterns, exposure to natural light and other environmental factors. Students learn about the Ayurvedic concept of daily routine (dinacharya) and seasonal routine (rituchariya), and how to create habits that support immunity and vitality. This will include Ayurvedic practices such as the Transcendental Meditation technique, exercise, mealtimes, and so on that promote balance and well-being. Throughout this course students reflect on their own habits and adjust to support an optimal state of health. By the end of this course students gain a comprehensive understanding of Maharishi AyurVeda approach to cycles of nature and how to apply these principles for creating habits for wellness.
    This introductory course presents the foundational knowledge for Life and Wellness Coaching to bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit. This lays the foundation for a system of holistic health that can be embodied and shared with others. Students will learn a code of ethics, how to establish local connections to aid in professional growth, how to explore their vision and priorities and help others do the same, and how to connect with their own personal power. This course will offer students the chance to understand their own Self through journaling, class discussion, and self-reflective exercises. This gives the student 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. (Online Only)
    In this course, students will begin to learn common-sense Life and Wellness Coaching through a holistic approach which integrates the Maharishi AyurVeda principles of cultivating a life that is intrinsically and extrinsically balanced. This course provides coursework that will include putting care and focus into the core of everyday life. Students will learn what holistic healthcare means in terms of considering the physical well-being and health of individuals when working to address imbalances. This course puts knowledge into practice as each student begins to work towards a health goal of their own, reflecting on each step through journaling, class discussion, and class activities. Students will build a map that will help establish the health goal and will aid them in learning how to teach habit changing and goal planning to others. This course will provide the knowledge to be successful in goal setting by explaining the different variables that can impede success such as environment, lifestyle, and routine. The goal of this course is to develop Life and Wellness Coaches that lead by example, living a healthy lifestyle in every aspect such as lifestyle, routine, and environment. (Online Only)
    Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature, representing the unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides an understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body — physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas — a major aspect of this course — provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, bliss, and expansion of awareness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions and the readings of Maharishi’s commentary to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $5 (4 credits) (In-Person or Online)
    This course looks at the mind and Self and their affects over how well a person can commit to change. Students will learn multiple evidence-based approaches to coaching that will promote the client’s will to change. Students will learn how to empower their client’s mind and Self in a holistic and consciousness-based approach. Some of the most important aspects of Life and Wellness Coaching is the coach’s ability to ask questions that enliven discussion, lends to credibility, and strengthens trust. Students will learn motivational enhancement techniques, cognitive behavioral coaching, acceptance and commitment coaching, and dialectical behavior coaching as evidence-based coaching tools. Each step will help to enrich the students understanding of how to coach the mind and Self to ensure maximum success for their clients. This online course will provide material for self-reflection exercises, telehealth coaching sessions, and written assignments to promote student understanding in both the classroom and real-world experiences. (Online Only)
    This course is a culmination of all knowledge from previous courses and prerequisites. Here, students will be able to present the knowledge obtained in a professional, clear, and concise manner as well as apply it in real world scenarios. Choosing a client of their own, students will begin to work towards a faculty approved health goal. Each step of life coaching will be used as students navigate how to instill change in their client. Creating a habit map, offering support at every step, and integrating the knowledge from the previous courses, students will begin documenting their journey towards becoming a Life and Wellness Coach. The course will include one on one student coaching, written and spoken presentations, and case studies. Students will also begin working with a client of their choosing towards a health goal. This is intended to fully integrate the information learned into a format that can then be carried into professional development and business planning. (Online Only)
    This course will allow students to apply coaching knowledge and skills in a telehealth environment. Students will work 12 hours weekly with the Personal Support Services Life and Wellness Coaching program, helping other MIU students as they navigate academic and everyday life. Coaches will help these students to make plans regarding their personal and academic lives, create habits to become better students, and will help guide them towards balance personally, academically, physically, and emotionally. Coaches will document their interactions with each client, schedule meetings, and submit work that shows their clear understanding of the different approaches taken including the client’s mind-body constitution. This course will prepare students for working with multiple clients in an online setting. (Online Only)
    Using a volunteer of their choosing, students will continue their work including documenting their ability to establish goals for the client’s personal development and assist the client to make progress towards those goals. Students will apply and integrate all knowledge they have learned to include 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. Students will write an essay to reflect on the experience, focusing on what they have learned and how they applied the techniques taught to them. The goal of this project is to instill confidence in students’ ability to successfully coach each client.
    In this course students learn to connect with their authentic self as a Life and Wellness Coach while gaining knowledge of how to build a brand which demonstrates their consciousness-based approach to care. This course also prepares students for developing, writing, and presenting a business plan. Since Life and Wellness Coaching thrives on finding a niche and a voice within that niche, this course assist students in identifying their niche, and further establishing their voice and marketing strategies. Students gain an understanding of how to develop a life-supporting and sustainable coaching business for fulfilling individual needs that also contributes to global health and wellbeing.

Cost & Aid for bachelor’s degree, 2024-25

    US Online Undergraduate

    This estimate is based on one year for a typical online Federal Pell Grant recipient (represents 70% of our online undergraduates). File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contact our financial aid office for questions on variables.

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,190
    Grants and scholarship (typical)-$11,400
    Net cost per year$4,790
    Federal student loan-$4,790
    Your payment$0

    Part time online enrollment is available. Tuition is $600 per credit with normal load of 9-11 credits. Federal student loans are available and the federal Pell Grant is proportional to the credit load.

    Additional Financial Aid Information

      The grants and scholarship described above consist of the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Grant, and institutional scholarship based on (1) full-time enrollment and (2) financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      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.
      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. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. 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.

    International Online Undergraduate

    Typically, online enrollment is two courses at a time (17 credits) or one course at a time (9-11 credits), per semester (two semesters per year).

    Tuition and Fees per Semester
    Full-time (12 or more credits)$8,095
    Fewer than 12 credits$600 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.
    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
    An undergraduate major is a primary field of study during your undergraduate years. This major defines the actual degree and specifies core courses, electives, and the foundational knowledge that you will acquire. An academic specialization is a more concentrated area of courses which you can choose in addition (32 additional credits) to your major field, which may be in the same disciplinary area or something different.

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