Quick Facts - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prior or concurrent health care training in a licensed field (i.e. MD, ND, LAc, NP, PA, DO, DC, DPT)
- Prerequisite coursework
Length of Program
2 years, weekend and evening format.
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.
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. With a rigorous 75-credit curriculum, the program offers students a complete didactic and clinical training experience in a convenient evening and weekend format.
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.
- Available as a dual-track program for current students of Bastyr's naturopathic medicine or acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs
- Extensive clinical training with preceptors and at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
- India externship provides hands-on application of ayurvedic knowledge and practice
Prerequisites - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Because ayurvedic medicine is not yet licensed in any state in the United States, entrance to the program is limited to professionals who are currently licensed in another health care discipline (conventional medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioner, physical therapist (DPT), physician’s assistant or chiropractic medicine.) as well as current Bastyr University students who are enrolled in the naturopathic medicine or acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required; no specific major is advised. In addition to a strong preparation in the sciences, a broad background in the humanities and liberal arts is encouraged. Prerequisite coursework is used to determine a student’s preparation for the program. No credit is given for prerequisite coursework earning a C- or lower.
|Survey of Organic Chemistry (or higher)||1 course|
|Anatomy & Physiology||2 courses|
|Introduction to Western Pathology (or Disease Processes/Pathology)||1 course|
|Introduction to Botany (or biology with plant emphasis)||1 course|
|Research Methods||1 course|
|Introduction to Psychology (or higher)||1 course|
Labs are not required for any of the above classes. These courses (or their equivalent) are required prior to the start of the program. Required courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review by the admissions committee. Additional coursework may be required.
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2013-2014 academic year.The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average CreditsFirst year.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
|Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine||78.5||$31,864||$6,425||$38,289|
|Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine||68||
|Master of Science in Acupuncture||66||$28,014||$3,300||$31,860|
|Combined BS/MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||68||$28,630||$3,400||$32,576|
|Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences||37||$19,897||$1,850||$20,987|
|Master of Science in Nutrition (all tracks)Average first-year credit loads for nutrition master programs vary: Didactic Program in Dietetics (40 credits), Research (44), Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (47).||44||
|Master of Science in Midwifery $3,000 in extra transportation costs are automatically added for out-of-state students. Midwifery students living in Washington will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for this addition.||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Combined BS/MS in Midwifery||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||36||$22,470||$1,800||$24,270|
See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance also includes $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.