Program Summary - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Ayurvedic medicine is a comprehensive, time-tested system of medical therapies, combining nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, massage therapy and bodywork, internal cleansing and immune-system support. Based on the 5,000-year-old medical traditions of India, ayurveda (“the science of life”) is quickly gaining popularity in the United States and the need for skillful practitioners trained at accredited institutions is on the rise.
Bastyr University offers the first accredited Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences program in the United States.
Courses in areas such as medical Sanskrit, psychology, yoga, pathology, herbal therapies and nutrition steep students in the rich history, philosophies and therapeutics of ayurveda as they practice observation shifts at various preceptor sites. In their second year, students continue more advanced coursework as they begin clinical rotations at Bastyr Center for Natural Health under the supervision of faculty clinicians. Students also complete externships in modern ayurvedic clinics and hospitals in India.
- First regionally accredited program of its kind in the U.S.
- Extensive clinical training with preceptors and at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
- India externship provides hands-on application of ayurvedic knowledge and practice
- Dual-degree option for naturopathic medicine and acupuncture students
- The revised hybrid format can support some work schedules and minimizes commute time, as students are only required to come to campus Saturdays and Sundays
Prerequisites - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Bastyr’s ayurveda program is the first accredited degree of its kind in the United States. The program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree, and is particularly well-suited for yoga practitioners, nutritional counselors, licensed massage therapists, health coaches and other health care practitioners who want to offer another means for their patients and clients to achieve physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health.
|General Biology (survey level, no lab)||1 course|
|General Chemistry (survey level, no lab)||1 course|
|Introduction to Psychology (or higher)||1 course|
|*Anatomy & Physiology (no lab)||2 courses|
Labs are not required for any of the above classes. Required courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review by the admissions committee.
*Can be completed concurrently during the first year of the program.
Quick Facts - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences
Kenmore, Washington campus
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prerequisite coursework
Length of Program
2 years, hybrid format (one weekend a month onsite, along with online coursework)
The program prepares graduates to enhance their professional health care practices with ayurvedic healing modalities for physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health. Graduates can apply the ayurvedic healing framework when considering disease and its management as well as preventive tools.
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