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Apply for Aug 2021 entryImmerse yourself in integrative medicine and become a Maharishi AyurVeda Practitioner in our 3-year, part-time online program.

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  • Integrate ayurvedic knowledge with modern health science
  • Join the only accredited Master of Science in Ayurveda in the US
  • Study online part-time with expert professors
  • Visit campus each year for clinical training
  • Engage with a supportive community of like-minded students
  • Graduate as a Maharishi AyurVeda Practitioner

What is Ayurveda?

“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?

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

An ancient system, reevaluated

You’ll study the Maharishi AyurVedaSM health system, which addresses the body, mind, and environment of an individual to help them become holistically healthy.

Our programs integrate natural techniques with modern medicine to take an integrated and balanced approach to wellness. You’ll study a variety of modalities, including:

  • Herbal supplementation
  • Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis
  • Individualized dietary recommendations
  • Individualized lifestyle modifications and more

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 work per week. You’ll learn at a relaxed pace without the strain typical of graduate degree programs.

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

Become a wellness professional

You’ll graduate as a Maharishi AyurVeda Practitioner, with real-world knowledge and training to practice health care through a natural yet scientific approach.

MIU is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Completion of our program satisfies NAMA’s competencies to be recognized as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

On-campus clinical training and orientation

US online students visit the MIU campus for orientation and several more times throughout the program for clinical 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.

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

Featured classes


Principles of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment in Maharishi AyurVeda I


You’ll study the foundations of natural, prevention-oriented health care, including Ayurvedic anatomy, physiology, digestion and metabolism, Ayurvedic herbology, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, mental health, and clinical approaches to basic common disorders.


Musculoskeletal System


This class kicks off your in-depth study of the Ayurvedic approach to the eight organ systems with a focus on the musculoskeletal system. You’ll also learn the basics of other systems of natural medicine, including osteopathy and chiropractic medicine.


Hematologic/Immunologic System


This course presents the common disorders of the cellular components of the blood and immune system, and their causes, diagnosis, and treatment from the perspective of Maharishi AyurVeda and other systems of natural health care.


Review, Clinical Cases and Examinations


This five-day, in-residence intensive will give you an opportunity to review and practice all the knowledge gained during your studies by providing wellness consultations to clients under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Students’ clinical competence will be evaluated.


Ayurveda: The traditional system of medicine of India and the East. Based on diet, herbs, mind-body type, and purification therapies.
Maharishi AyurVeda: The modern, scientific revival of complete Ayurveda, including balancing the deepest value of mind – consciousness, which is the basis of balancing the body. This revival by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi incorporates all aspects of mind, body, behavior, and environment in a scientific framework. It also includes a unique system of pulse diagnosis and a host of unique mind/body/environmental therapies.

Successful graduates will be certified to practice Maharishi AyurVeda according to local laws. You can act as a health consultant or health educator in many health freedom states. In other states, you can practice under the auspices of a licensed healthcare practitioner. In other countries, other health care laws may apply.
Our students include doctors, chiropractors, yoga therapists, massage therapists, osteopathic doctors and others in the health care professions. If you already have a license, you will be able to integrate what you learn from this course into your practice.
Students should have basic knowledge of human anatomy – either a university-level course or from training as a massage therapist, nurse or other health profession. 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 if you have questions.
As part of this program, US students are required to complete 2 weeks of clinical training per year, for a total of 6 weeks. International students can complete this requirement by giving consultations under the supervision of a Maharishi AyurVeda trained physician, where 10 consultations are equivalent to one week on campus. Countries with Maharishi AyurVeda trained physicians include England, Germany, Holland, and Australia.
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 on-campus clinical intensive training courses also give students the opportunity to practice conducting consultations under the guidance of faculty and meet their fellow students in person.

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