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  • Gain deep knowledge of the therapeutic and chemical properties of essential oils
  • Learn Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis to develop a personalized treatment plan for each client
  • Receive federal financial aid covering full tuition*
  • Get up to $10,000/year in aid for your personal living costs*
  • Study online part-time with expert professors
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • *Available to most US students
"Aromatherapy is becoming more popular today as a therapy to complement standard medical treatment." – Cleveland Clinic

Watch video: Exploring Aromatherapy

Science and art of essential oils

“Studies on aromatherapy have shown these benefits:

  • lower anxiety and stress levels
  • improved mood
  • improved quality of life”

“Aromatherapy has been around for centuries. Once used almost exclusively by alternative medicine practitioners, there has now been considerable research into how certain scents can enhance our sense of well-being and even our health.”

“There is a marvelous depth in essential oils, linking them on one side to ancient folk medicine and the oldest understanding of the subtle aspects of life and healing, and on the other side, inviting us to rigorous scientific and medical comprehension of their effects.” – Dr. Malte Hozzel, Founder and CEO of Oshadhi

In our program, you’ll start from a scientific basis of physiology, pathology, and chemistry. You’ll learn about the structure of aromatic molecules contained in essential oils, their chemical functions and reactions, biosynthesis, and therapeutic properties.

Set yourself apart from other aromatherapy practitioners with the only master’s degree in the US that includes instruction in personalized application techniques.

The role of Ayurveda in aromatherapy

Our tools to develop personalized essential oil recommendations come from the Maharishi AyurVedaSM health system (MAV), a holistic and scientifically-based system of alternative medicine. Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine in India, and Maharishi AyurVeda is a modern scientific revival of this system. Aromatherapy is traditionally an aspect of Ayurveda. MAV offers unique tools and techniques – including Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis – to identify the subtlest aspects of mind and body as a basis for essential oil recommendations.


Learn from home

Our three-year, part-time online MS has a flexible schedule and can be completed with about 8 to 9 hours of coursework per week. You’ll learn at a relaxed pace without the strain typical of graduate studies.

While you’ll be studying online, you’ll also enjoy connecting with a supportive community of students who share your passion for aromatherapy, as well as professors who are experts in the field.


Become a wellness professional

You’ll graduate with the knowledge to develop an individualized treatment plan for a wide range of client needs. Work as an aromatherapist, or use aromatherapy to complement your practice as a health professional.

“Essential oils make up what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. Revenue in the United States spiked 40 percent from 2014 to 2018 and, according to Grand View Research, is expected to reach more than $5 billion in the next four years.”


“As the evidence of aromatherapy’s effectiveness has grown, nurses have increased the use of essential oils to manage their own stress as well as their patients’ stress and anxiety.”

Professional training and orientation

Six weeks (two weeks per year) of online professional training will be provided.

Optional two weeks of on-campus training: US students may visit the MIU campus in the third year of the program for two weeks of on-campus training in place of two weeks of online training.


Learning community committed to inner growth

During your studies, you’ll meet an online community of students from around the world who are deeply committed to wellness, positive values, and personal inner growth. You’ll participate in online discussions, exchanging experiences and points of view while developing new friendships.

All students at MIU are instructed in the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique. Research has shown that the TM technique enhances creativity and learning ability, and reduces stress and anxiety.

In addition, our hands-on faculty will provide you with the attention you need to absorb deep concepts and succeed in your studies.

Featured faculty

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Dr. Keith Wallace
Chair of the Physiology and Health Department

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Keith Wallace was the founding President of Maharishi International University and established the first Maharishi AyurVeda clinics in the United States. He has traveled worldwide giving lectures at major universities and institutes on Maharishi’s consciousness-based health programs. Dr. Wallace is the author of a number of books, including Gut Crisis, The Rest and Repair Diet, The Coherence Code, and Total Brain Coaching.

Dr. Wallace received his PhD in Physiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and did his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Malte Hozzel
Executive Director of the MS in Aromatherapy

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Malte Hozzel's interest in the essential nature of plants took him on many journeys through numerous countries around the world, meeting with traditional healers and the greatest practitioners of Ayurveda. As a result, he developed Oshadhi, one of the world’s purest and largest collection of organic essential oils. In addition, he founded AYUS GmbH to import essential oils and other medicinal plants based products from over 50 countries and distribute them around the world.

Malte Hozzel speaks about holistic aromatherapy at international conferences and seminars. He has published numerous articles, blog posts, and books on the transformation of modern society and on holistic aromatherapy.

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Dr. Komal Marwaha
Associate Professor of Physiology and Health

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Komal Marwaha is Co-Director of the MS in Aromatherapy and has 15 years of experience in teaching and mentoring medical, dental and health science students. She has worked for some of the premier medical colleges, and research institutes in India such as Government Medical College, Chandigarh and Panjab University Chandigarh. Dr. Marwaha has authored several books, book chapters, and articles on physiology, cardiovascular health, and medical education.

She received her MD from Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India. She is a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®.

Dr. Marwaha will teach physiology and pathophysiology.

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Diane Malaison
Senior Graduate Instructor of Physiology and Health

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Diane Malaison is Co-Director of the MS in Aromatherapy. She is a graduate of the Institut d’Aromathérapie Scientifique in Québec, Canada and has learned from Dr. Daniel Pénoël (Osmobiose, France), Dominique Baudoux (Pranarom, Belgium), Lucie Mainguy (Aliksir, Canada), and Maurice Nicole (Hunzaroma, Canada).

She has taught Maharishi AyurVeda and aromatherapy in the United States, Canada, India, and the Netherlands and will teach aromatherapy courses and provide clinical training.

Diane earned her B.Sc. Biochemistry and M.Sc. Microbiology-Immunology at Laval University, Québec, Canada, and is currently working on her PhD. She is a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®.

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Dr. Charlotte Bech
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology and Health

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Charlotte Bech graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen. She has worked in gastrointestinal surgery, hematology, and internal medicine/obstetrics.

Dr. Bech has taught at a medical school in Copenhagen and is currently running a private clinic there, supplementing modern medicine with Maharishi AyurVeda. She has given more than 30.000 Ayurvedic consultations. Charlotte writes as a columnist in several national magazines and is the author of several books on topics of Ayurveda.

She is Vice-President for the European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA) and has been awarded the PANACEA international excellence award from Vanaushadhi Vidyapeetha, International Conference on Ayurveda and Holistic Healing, from the Government of Maharastra, India. She is a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®.

Dr. Bech will teach Fundamentals of Aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda.

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Dr. Christoph Streicher
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology and Health

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Christoph was mentored in aromatherapy by France's world-renowned Jacques Paltz, a foremost authority on using essential oils both internally and externally for healing, and in skincare. He also studied with a number of well-known Indian Ayurvedic physicians, learning the time-tested therapeutic use of essential oils for increasing vitality and balance.

His special field of study is the self-regenerating influence of plant intelligence on human consciousness, specifically how pure essential oils can enhance higher states of consciousness. From 1996–2000, he served on the executive committee of The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting aromatherapy education and the benefits of true aromatherapy. He is a professional member of NAHA.

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Andrew Stenberg
Adjunct Instructor of Physiology and Health

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Andrew Stenberg has more than 20 years’ experience performing 11,000 Ayurveda consultations. He also has teaching experience as a senior lecturer at Maharishi Vedic College in Melbourne, Australia. In his private and corporate practice, Andrew often uses essential aroma oils therapeutically, along with the many different approaches found within Maharishi AyurVeda. He also has several years of experience teaching self-pulse reading, and his courses are known for their depth and informal approach. Andrew will train students in Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis.

Featured classes

PH 587 Fundamentals of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda

Fundamentals of Aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda

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Students will learn the foundations of prevention-oriented health care in classical Ayurveda, including Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, basic herbology, self-pulse reading, and recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle. Students will learn how to apply the concepts of Maharishi AyurVeda to aromatherapy, learn to classify and use essential oils for holistic health care, disease prevention, and treatment.

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Practical Applications of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda

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During this course, students will apply the knowledge of the effects of essential oils on different physiological systems in light of the Maharishi AyurVeda in the case-based setting and exercises. In addition, advanced knowledge of aromatherapy will be presented and students will deepen their understanding of how to select appropriate essential oils for well-being.

PH551 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

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Students will learn about the compensatory changes that occur as a result of the disease process – the pathophysiological processes and the impact they can have on a person. Students will learn the medical terminology, and functions, and interdependence of the organ systems and abnormalities in the physiological mechanism involved in some common diseases from the perspective of modern medicine.

PH518 Organic Chemistry Related to Aromatherapy

Organic Chemistry Related to Aromatherapy

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Students will learn aspects of chemistry and biochemistry required for an understanding of the basis of aromatherapy, as well as the therapeutic effects of aromatic molecules present in essential oils. Topics include the chemical and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the structure of active chemicals in the essential oils, detailed monographs of 60 essential oils, therapeutic formulas for common diseases.

PH553 Creative Entrepreneurship and the Scope of Practice

Creative Entrepreneurship and the Scope of Practice

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In this course, principles of management and marketing will be taught from the perspective of starting a new business with an integrated business strategy. Students will also be taught about the scope of their practice and related ethical and legal issues in the context of modern healthcare law.

FAQ

US students may visit the MIU campus for two-week professional training in the third year of the program. Contact the Office of Admissions for details.
Students should have basic knowledge of human anatomy – either a university-level course or from training as a massage therapist, nurse or other health professions. If the applicant has none of these they may take a short online course, or review the organ systems from our recommended text Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by G Tortora, Wiley & Sons Press (13th Ed or later). Please contact us at msmav@miu.edu if you have questions.
This is a three-year, online program. Courses are taught at about one-third the pace of a full-time program so that students can continue their careers while learning.
Courses are asynchronous and are delivered through the Canvas student online learning platform. Each course includes videotaped lectures, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums, webinars, and other online activities and learning tools. Assignments are submitted and feedback is provided by the instructor through Canvas.
In addition to our engaging online learning platform, this program features extensive collaboration between students and one-on-one interaction between our faculty and each student. The three intensive training courses also give students the opportunity to practice conducting consultations under the guidance of faculty.

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