Master of Science in Ayurveda

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The Ayurveda master’s degree offers a whole-body systems approach to prevention and treatment of disease states, as well as health preservation. Our comprehensive level of scholarship and clinical training is unique to NUNM, the only Ayurveda master’s program offered by a U.S. regionally accredited university. As a student, you will be trained to address health care from an integrative perspective, using a variety of modalities including counseling, mind-body medicine (including yoga and Ayurvedic massage), botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, diet, lifestyle, and detoxification/rejuvenation therapies.

Core courses provides our students with a strong foundation in Ayurveda philosophy (including training in classic Sanskrit texts from Ayurvedic gurus), anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and techniques for physiologic imbalance classification and assessment. Additional courses in research, business, and health media with written and public speaking skill development will support successful postgraduate careers in integrative medicine.

Academic & Clinical Components with Expert Faculty

There are both academic and clinical components to this program, including 12 clinical credits, 14 laboratory credits, and 38 lecture credits. Academic instruction will occur on-site, and required fieldwork and clinical internship training will take place locally. Many of the faculty are Indian practitioners and experts. Following completion of your clinical internship training, you will complete a capstone project, which consists of a written thesis and verbal presentation at a local conference. The MScA degree is also available as a dual-track program with our Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and any other program in our School of Graduate Studies. While the MScA program is offered on-campus, some classes will be offered online or in a hybrid teaching format.

Our Graduates Have the Knowledge Base and Scope of Practice to Offer the Highest Quality Ayurvedic Care

The Ayurveda degree program aligns with NUNM’s goal to advance the science and practice of traditional world medicines. The master’s program equips our graduates with the knowledge base and practical skills to effectively work in the diverse and multidisciplinary environments inherent to an Ayurvedic medical practice, a 5,000 year old traditional medicine. Our students are trained to make holistic recommendations that not only encompass disease prevention and treatments, but also enhance and preserve physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual health. Students will understand their scope of practice and distinct role as a member of an integrated, multidisciplinary team, and all graduates will be prepared to offer the highest quality integrative care.

Program Outcomes

Students in the MScA program will be prepared to meet the following program outcomes and competencies:

  1. Practical examination in Ayurvedic assessment and counseling.
  2. Practical examination in Ayurvedic therapeutics and clinical skills.
  3. Written proficiency exam in Ayurvedic theory and application.
  4. Develop an Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle plan, menu, and meal for standardized patients.
  5. Develop and teach an Ayurveda class in the context of selected specialization
  6. Develop and present protocol and methodology for systematic and evidence based Ayurvedic research in the context of selected specialization.

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Faculty Highlight

Savita Rajurkar, MD, PhD, ND (India)

With over 25 years of clinical practice, teaching and mentoring students in Ayurveda, Dr. Savita Rajurkar is a renowned expert in this ancient “science of life.” After earning graduate degrees in Ayurveda, alternative medicine, naturopathy and philosophy, Dr. Rajurkar was appointed to the highly prestigious position of assisting the physician to the prime minister and president of India. As a result of that work, Dr. Rajurkar was involved with successfully opening and running an Ayurveda hospital in New Delhi. The hospital has been extremely successful—more than 70% of India’s rural population seek Ayurvedic doctors for their primary healthcare needs. She also started her own Ayurveda and Panchakarma Center in Pune, India, which attracted a patient network from all over the world.

NUNM is proud to have such a world-class Ayurvedic expert on our faculty. Here at NUNM, Dr. Rajurkar has a passion to share this profound medicine and showcase its effectiveness in addressing chronic disease. She specializes in treating neurological disorders, cancer, asthma, allergies, infertility, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. In her practice, she uses a variety of Ayurvedic treatments, including Panchakarma (a detoxing and cleansing treatment), lifestyle advice, yoga and pranyam (or breathing exercises), relaxation methods and meditation. Dr. Rajurkar is highly recognized for her pulse diagnostic skills, known as “Nadi Pariksha;” and as a teacher of Sanskrit scriptures, including the Bhagavad Gita.

Program Options

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

  • MScA

    Admissions Requirements for MScA

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    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 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
    Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
    Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    • General Chemistry — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Physics — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
    • Humanities — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    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: Career Goals

      What components of Ayurveda excite you and how do you anticipate using your training in your future career?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScA*
    Credits 30
    Cost/Credit $435
    Tuition $13,050
    Fees** $807
    Total $13,857

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

      60

    • Elective credits

      4

    • Total required credits

      64

    • ND/MScA

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MScA

      Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

      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 both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      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 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • 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 both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • 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
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      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: Primary Care

        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: Career Goals

        What components of Ayurveda excite you and how do you anticipate using your training in your future career?

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $435
      Tuition $35,996
      Fees** $777
      Total $36,773

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

          60

        • Elective credits

          4

        • Total required credits

          64

        • DSOM/MScA

          Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScA

          Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

          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 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab.
          • Physics — 1 Course
            Must include mechanics.
          • Social Sciences — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          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: Career Goals

            What components of Ayurveda excite you and how do you anticipate using your training in your future career?

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
          Credits 56.75
          Cost/Credit $435
          Tuition $24,686
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $26,253

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

            257

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            267

            Total MScA Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              60

            • Elective credits

              4

            • Total required credits

              64

            • MSOM/MScA

              Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MScA

              Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

              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 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
              Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • Physics — 1 Course
                Must include mechanics.
              • Social Sciences — 1 Course
                Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              • Humanities — 1 Course
                Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              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: Career Goals

                What components of Ayurveda excite you and how do you anticipate using your training in your future career?

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
              Credits 43.25
              Cost/Credit $435
              Tuition $18,814
              Fees** $1,567
              Total $20,381

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are 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

                  60

                • Elective credits

                  4

                • Total required credits

                  64

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