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Watch the video: Become an Aromatherapist and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant

Seal of the National Association of Holistic AromatherapyJoin America’s only Master’s in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda Wellness

Watch the video: Become an Aromatherapist and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant

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  • Gain practical, hands-on experience and knowledge of the safe and scientific use of essential oils
  • Learn Maharishi AyurVedaSM including 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 (available to most US students)
  • Study online part-time with expert professors, and meet monthly with renowned aromatherapists from all over the globe
  • Option to take advanced professional training in the famous International Aromatherapy Center “Orto de Prouvènço” in France
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Recognized by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)

Elevate your approach to health & wellness

As a student in this program, you’ll gain a robust knowledge of the therapeutic properties and practical applications of essential oils.

You’ll also learn Maharishi Ayurveda to enhance health and wellness and bring balance to both mind and body.

This holistic program covers everything from studying the normal structure and function of the body (anatomy & physiology), the abnormalities in common diseases (pathophysiology), and the use of essential oils and Ayurveda (herbology, nutrition, and lifestyle changes) to bring balance to the physiology and alleviate the symptoms of disease and imbalance.

You will also learn about and practice essential oil blending, making lotions and creams, and other preparations using essential oils.

Set yourself apart from other aromatherapists

While essential oils have known properties and effects, people have endlessly complex and unique physiologies. This program includes instruction in ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, which will allow you to develop highly personalized treatment plans based on each client’s physiology.

You’ll learn to physically feel and identify imbalances within a client’s physiology. Pulse diagnosis also enables you to get direct, objective, and swift feedback about an individual’s responses to each treatment.

Integrate Maharishi Ayurveda with modern health science

Our tools to develop personalized essential oil recommendations come from the Maharishi AyurVeda health system, 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. You’ll learn to identify the subtlest aspects of mind and body as a basis for essential oil recommendations.

Learn from home

aromatherapy webinar, 52 minutesOur 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.

Small class sizes allow ample time for one-on-one attention from faculty who are certified by NAHA, and you’ll meet monthly with renowned aromatherapists from all over the globe during interactive webinars.

aromatherapy webinar, 52 minutes

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.

Work as an aromatherapist and Ayurvedic wellness consultant, or use aromatherapy and Ayurveda to complement your practice as a health professional.

Receive hands-on professional training – online or in France!

For two weeks each year, you’ll participate in online professional training that allows you to practice what you’ve learned with real patients.

In the second year of the program, you’ll have an opportunity to travel to High Provence, France for an 8-day advanced professional training in the famous International Aromatherapy Center “Orto de Prouvènço.”

US students also have the option of visiting the MIU campus in the third year of the program and working with live clients at MIU’s health and wellness center.

Join a 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


Dr. Keith Wallace
Chair of the Physiology & Health Department


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.


Dr. Malte Hozzel
Executive Director of the MS in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda


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.


Dr. Komal Marwaha
Associate Professor of Physiology & Health


Komal Marwaha is Co-Director of the MS in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda 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.


Diane Malaison
Senior Graduate Instructor of Physiology & Health


Diane Malaison is Co-Director of the MS in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda. 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®.


Dr. Charlotte Bech
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology & Health


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.

Christoph Streicher

Dr. Christoph Streicher
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physiology & Health

Christoph Streicher

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.

Andrew Stenberg

Andrew Stenberg
Adjunct Instructor of Physiology & Health

Andrew Stenberg

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

PH 587 Fundamentals of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda

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.


Practical Applications of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda


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

Human Physiology and Pathophysiology 1

PH551 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

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

PH518 Organic Chemistry Related to Aromatherapy

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

PH553 Creative Entrepreneurship and the Scope of Practice

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.

Cost & Aid, 2022-23

US Online MS in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda

The program duration is three years. The tuition listed here is for one year (two semesters).

One Academic Year Tuition
Low interest federal loans-$7,000
Your payment$0
Optional: additional low-interest federal loans?-$10,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$10,000 per year in optional federal student loans are available toward living expenses. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.
Planned to take place at our Fairfield, IA, campus during the last semester. Students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

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.

International Online MS in Aromatherapy & Ayurveda

The program duration is three years. There are two semesters per year. The tuition listed here is for one semester during 2021-22.

Semester Cost
Your payment$3,500

This tuition rate is for 6-11 credits per semester for two semesters. Stand-alone individual courses are $500 per credit.

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


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. An applicant who has none of these 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).
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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