Master of Science in Ayurveda

The MScA is designed to provide training in the art and science of Ayurveda to currently enrolled NUNM students and licensed medical professionals. It can be integrated within the practice of any medical system. Ayurveda is a perfect complement to our existing core programs in naturopathic and Chinese medicine, and may also be of interest to nutrition and global health students.

The new program will include a strong foundation in Ayurvedic philosophy, classification, pathophysiology, and techniques of assessment, as well as various Ayurvedic treatment modalities including botanicals, nutraceuticals, detoxification/rejuvenation therapeutics, yoga, diet, lifestyle, and counseling. All classes are taught in English and the ancient texts have been translated to accommodate English-speaking students.

The MScA consists of 101 credits and more than 1500 hours, which include didactic and clinical components. This in-depth level of scholarship and clinical training is unique to NUNM and unavailable elsewhere in the U.S.

Academic classes will be held at NUNM, and required fieldwork and clinical internship training will take place at NUNM health centers and at accredited teaching hospitals in India.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MScA program will be prepared to offer integrative medical care through rigorous academic and clinical training in Ayurveda for the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic disease. While Ayurveda is not a licensed degree within the United States, students completing this program will be able to use an Ayurvedic framework from which to diagnose and treat patients within their own medical license.

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We are now accepting applications to the program for the Fall 2018 term.

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Ayurveda program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MScA

    Admissions Requirements for MScA

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScA Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScA Essay #1

      Please share what draws you to NUNM's Ayurveda program and how you see this enhancing your practice. (Approximately 800 words)

    • Medical License

      The Master of Science in Ayurveda program is available to active medical/health care professionals who possess a license in conventional allopathic medicine or surgery, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic medicine, or as a nurse practitioner. Please upload a copy of your active medical/health care license. If you are unsure whether your license meets program requirements please contact admissions@nunm.edu.

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScA*
    Credits 10.5
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $4,431
    Fees** $807
    Total $5,238

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScA program.

    Total MScA Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      95

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      101

  • ND/MScA

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MScA

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    General Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 2 Courses
      Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    • General Chemistry * — 4 Courses
      Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    • General Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScA Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • ND #2

      While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    • MScA Essay #1

      Please share what draws you to NUNM's Ayurveda program and how you see this enhancing your practice. (Approximately 800 words)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
    Credits 82.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $34,921
    Fees** $962
    Total $35,883

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total ND Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      286

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      302

    Total MScA Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      95

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      101

  • DSOM/MScA

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScA

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScA Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScA Essay #1

      Please share what draws you to NUNM's Ayurveda program and how you see this enhancing your practice. (Approximately 800 words)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
    Credits 56.75
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $23,949
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $25,516

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScA Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      95

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      101

  • MSOM/MScA

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MScA

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MScA Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • MSOM #2

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScA Essay #1

      Please share what draws you to NUNM's Ayurveda program and how you see this enhancing your practice. (Approximately 800 words)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
    Credits 43.25
    Cost/Credit $422
    Tuition $18,252
    Fees** $1,567
    Total $19,819

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2017-2018 academic year. Tuition is subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM program.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      213

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      219

    Total MScA Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      95

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      101