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Learn to create wellness naturally

  • Integrate Ayurvedic knowledge with modern health science
  • Learn Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Reading to assess the level of balance and imbalance
  • Engage with a supportive community of like-minded students
  • Discover how ​everything you study ​connect​s​ to your inner self
  • Federal aid typically covers all costs*

    *Federal grants and loans available to most US citizens and permanent residents

What is Maharishi AyurVeda?

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.


What will I learn?

Our program integrates modern medicine and science with the natural approach of Ayurveda — and teaches you how to use them together to create optimal health.

In the BA program, you’ll learn the basics of a range of natural therapeutic techniques, including:

  • Optimal diet and routine for different individuals
  • Beneficial herbal supplements for specific imbalances and organ systems
  • Traditional purification therapies
  • Principles of biological rhythms and their effects on health


Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

You’ll be trained extensively in the art of Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness, and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. You’ll learn how to read the pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance.


Making it easy for transfer students

If you transfer in our maximum of 90 credits, this degree will only require you to earn 65 additional credits, which can be completed in three semesters. For students coming in with 60 credits, the degree can be completed within four semesters.

Transfer students can inquire with their admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.


Dive within and find yourself

As a student at MIU, you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique that promotes inner peace and wellness, enhances clear thinking, improves learning ability, and boosts creativity.


You can choose Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health as an online bachelor’s specialization in either of these degree programs:

  • Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health
  • Online Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences

Courses include:

This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, and its application in Maharishi AyurVeda. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the chemical structure and properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their therapeutic effects on physiological and emotional states, and their effect on the three doshas; and indications for common ailments. In this course students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Materials fee: $15. Prerequisite: PH 260 or PH 352 (4 credits)
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 – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. 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 commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)
The comprehensive time-tested knowledge of Maharishi AyurVeda provides the basis to give every family the best start. Topics include: preconception guidelines to maximize fertility and fetal health, month-by-month guidelines for pregnancy, strategies to facilitate labor and provide the ideal environment at delivery, and postpartum care guidelines for both parents and newborns to ensure the fullest recuperation for mothers and a healthy beginning for every family. Materials fee: $30. Prerequisites: PH 262 or equivalent and PH 263. (4 credits)
Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities, and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include: an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action, and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications, and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations, and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25; Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 (4 credits)
This course prepares students to consult with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda. Students will understand and apply the knowledge of mind-body types, and the dietary and lifestyle 2016/17 288 origins of imbalance. Topics include: ayurvedic anatomy and physiology; the role of consciousness at the basis of physiology; the use of ayurvedic pulse reading to detect the level and the root cause of imbalance; the means to restore balance with the use of herbs, diet, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga Asanas, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda; protocols for common imbalances; and how to obtain and retain clients in the wellness consultant practice. Includes case workshops and public speaking presentations. Materials fee: $65. Prerequisites: PH 262 (8 credits)
During this course, students get practical experience of the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda and build confidence in consulting with clients, family, and friends to guide them to higher levels of health and wellness. In the clinical setting, students take turns leading consultations and participate in discussions of case studies under the supervision of experts in Maharishi AyurVeda and modern medicine. By the end of this course, students are required to complete their major senior project, consisting of a reflection paper and a portfolio of case studies based on at least 50 clinical encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision, and one-on-one cases). (8 credits; online students take 4 of these credits online as part of their telemedicine training as PH431A; and 2 credits of full-time clinical practice in the Maharishi AyurVeda Integrative Wellness Center at the MIU’s campus in Fairfield, Iowa as PH431B; and 2 credits online for completing portfolio and reflection paper as PH431C; on-line students can repeat PH431B up to 5 times); on-campus students may repeat for credit up to sixteen credits with the permission of the Program Director, subject to satisfactory progress in the previous course and a clear plan for the progression of learning in the subsequent course. This course is limited in size, with preference given to seniors and students who require this course to meet their graduation requirements). This is a writing-intensive course. Materials fee: $30 for the lab coat (required first time this course is taken, optional when repeated) Prerequisites: PH 430

Featured faculty

Roxanna Medeiros
Roxanna Medeiros

Roxanna Medeiros, MS, PhD Candidate, RYT200, spent 3 years as a senior graduate instructor and clinical mentor for students of the online MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine at MIU.

As an academic, she has a deep love for learning and teaching others the value of this systematic and consciousness-based approach to health. For over a decade she cultivated her skill and passion of putting Ayurveda to practical use as an Ayurvedic counselor/practitioner, building successful practices in Santa Cruz, CA, and in Boulder, CO, where she was a lead Ayurvedic consultant and spa director.

Cost & Aid for online undergraduates, 2021-22

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 of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$4,800
Federal grants (maximum)-$2,550
Net program 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 of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$2,700
Federal grants (maximum)-$1,700
Net program 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 Undergraudate, Summer (4 credits)

Not eligible for federal student loans

Summer Cost of Attendance
Tuition$2,000
Federal grants (maximum)-$850
Net program cost for the summer$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
Fulll-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. For more information, please email intadmis@mum.edu or call Admissions at (641) 472 1110.

FAQ

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.

If you have passed college-level Anatomy & Physiology courses within the past 5 years with a grade B- or higher, then you can have them waived.

You can choose Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health as an online bachelor’s specialization in either of these degree programs:

  • Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health
  • Online Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences

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.

Further, students in this program will study on the MIU campus during the clinical intensive training courses. This gives students the opportunity to practice conducting Ayurveda consultations under the guidance of faculty, as well as meet their fellow students in person.

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