Quick Facts - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prior or concurrent health care training in a field providing "license to touch" (i.e. MD, ND, LAc, CPM, NP, PA, DO, DC, DPT, RN, CNA, LMT)
- Prerequisite coursework
Length of Program
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 comprehensive 137-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.
- Extensive clinical training with preceptors and at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
- India externship provides hands-on application of ayurvedic knowledge and practice
- Meets National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) ayurvedic practitioner standards
- Open to both established medical professionals and students with bachelor's degrees (provided they also gain licensure in massage therapy before or during their ayurveda studies)
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 or pursuing licensure in another health care discipline that allows the practicioner to touch patients. Along with medical doctors (MDs), naturopathic doctors (NDs), osteopathic doctors, acupuncturists, midwives, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physical therapists or physician’s assistants, the program is now open to nurses, (RNs and CNAs), licensed massage practitioners (LMPs), or anyone in a program to become one.
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.
|Anatomy & Physiology||2 courses|
|Introduction to Botany (or biology with plant emphasis)||1 course|
|Introduction to Nutrition||1 course|
|Western Pathology (or Disease Processes/Pathology)*||1 course|
|Western Pharmacology*||1 course|
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.
Note: Courses marked with (*) can be taken prior to or concurrent with enrollment. Courses marked with (**) can be taken prior to or concurrent with enrollment but must be completed by spring quarter of the first year.
Curriculum - MS in Ayurvedic Sciences
Curriculum and course changes in the 2014-2015 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.Click here to download the PDF file.
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2014-2015 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||$32,810||$6,425||$39,235|
|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||$27,075||$3,000||$30,075|
|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||$23,510||$2,125||$25,660|
|Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health*||45||$29,275||$1,200||$30,475|
|Master of Public Health*||43.5||$27,638||$2,200||$29,838|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||36||$23,355||$1,800||$25,155|
See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
*Tuition rates for the Master of Science in Maternal-Child Health and Master of Public Health are estimates based on the current tuition costs.