Become a certified Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant

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February 2019

Ayurveda — which means “science of life” — is a traditional, prevention-oriented system of medicine that addresses the body, mind and environment of the individual in order to provide a holistic health solution.

MUM is the only accredited US university to offer a degree that provides this knowledge. You’ll gain proficiency in the practical applications for your own life and the life of others.

Also available: On-Campus BA in Ayurveda Wellness

What is Maharishi AyurVeda?

We teach Maharishi AyurVeda℠, a unique form of Ayurveda that has been re-evaluated from a scientific perspective. Extensive clinical experience as well as over 600 scientific research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Maharishi AyurVeda modalities.

FAQ for Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness

What will I learn?

Our program integrates modern medicine and science with the natural approach of Ayurveda—and teaches you how to use them together to create optimal health.

In the BA program, you’ll learn the basics of a range of natural therapeutic techniques, including:

  • Optimal diet and routine for different individuals
  • Beneficial herbal supplements for specific imbalances and organ systems
  • Traditional purification therapies
  • Principles of biological rhythms and their effects on health

Study online on your own time

Our asynchronous online structure lets you study on your own schedule. The relaxed pace of the classes ensures that you have time to absorb each topic fully without stress.

You’ll connect with students and professors through group exercises, webinars, and more, enjoying collaboration and support from a positive, tight-knit community of like-minded people committed to creating a healthier world.

Learn practical skills

You’ll receive in-depth training on how to conduct Ayurvedic consultations, learning how to use holistic modalities to assess, maintain, and restore balance on different levels of the mind-body system.

You’ll also study the business side of operating your own consulting practice, as well as the legalities involved in running a clinic. You’ll graduate with the practical skills you need to start your own career in wellness consulting.

On-campus training

As part of the program, you’ll visit our Fairfield, Iowa campus twice for two-week intensive clinical training courses. You’ll learn to conduct Ayurvedic consultations in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed doctor and a traditionally trained Ayurvedic physician.

Clinical training on the MUM campus is available only to US students. International students must arrange clinical components at a Maharishi AyurVeda facility–or with a Maharishi AyurVeda practitioner–in their home country or somewhere nearby.

Students in this program are eligible for financial aid. Learn more ➤

Featured classes

Modern Health

You’ll study common diseases of the major organ systems, exploring the correlation between modern medical approaches and Ayurveda. Topics include principles of pathology, symptoms of common diseases, treatments, and more.

Starting a Successful Practice in Ayurveda Wellness

In this course, you’ll gain the practical skills you need to start a success wellness practice. You’ll learn how choose your clinic type, forecast costs and revenues, meet government regulations, pick a location, market your clinic to the public, handle a payroll, and more.

Basic Principles of Maharishi AyurVeda I

You’ll learn the unique language of Ayurveda and the basics of the Ayurvedic pulse-reading technique, laying a foundation for further study. Topics include the definition of health from the Ayurvedic perspective, disease prevention, and foundational principles of Ayurveda.

Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum

You’ll earn practical experience in consulting with clients, building your confidence in a clinical setting. Students take turns leading consultations and discussing case studies under the supervision of experts, tying everything they’ve learned together in a final capstone project.

Faculty profile

professor-sultan-salahProfessor Sultan Salah, M.S. is a PhD researcher in Ayurveda, an experienced teacher and active Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant. He has been actively researching into the practical applications of Ayurveda in the contemporary world of natural healthcare for the past five years and is working to integrate Ayurveda into hospitals, universities and medical organizations across the world with the fruits of his PhD research. His PhD thesis aims to scientifically validate Ayurveda by bridging the ancient Vedic science with the many branches of modern science.


Although the Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness is primarily designed with transfer students in mind, the program is also open to students who have never attended college. Students entering with at least 62 credits can graduate through our BA in Ayurveda Wellness (BAAW) program on its own. Students with fewer than 62 college credits (even zero credits) are welcome to enroll as well, but in order to graduate with an online BA from MUM they will need to enroll simultaneously in our Online BA in Liberal Arts to pick up additional coursework.
This program offers both an accredited degree in Ayurveda and also a certification — recognized by both NAMA and Health Freedom States — to act as an Ayurveda Wellness Consultant. This will allow you to practice freely in the 10 existing Health Freedom States, and under the auspices of a licensed health care practitioner in the remaining states. This program also equips you with the knowledge of how to conduct a business in consulting and health education. One can practice freely as a health coach in any state. The legal boundaries and considerations of teaching Ayurveda are discussed in our courses.
The BAAW program, on its own, is available half-time only. However, students will have the opportunity to enroll in other online courses at the same time to increase their coursework load, through our Online BA in Liberal Arts (BALA).

You should plan to spend 8-12 hours per week for a 4-credit eight week course. If you are taking 2 courses during an eight week period, you should plan to spend 12-20 hours per week of reading, creating assignments and discussion forum posts, and studying course materials.

The time it takes to complete an online course successfully depends on your willingness to stick to a regular schedule and learn to study effectively more than on any other factor.

MUM will accept many of your general education credits, including any college level mathematics course, writing courses with a “B” grade or better, and health-related fitness courses. There will be additional general education courses that are unique to the University, introducing its distinctive Consciousness-Based perspective, including The Science and Technology of Consciousness, Physics and Consciousness, Physiology is Consciousness, and Higher States of Consciousness. In addition to general education requirements, you will need to amass a total of 128 credits in order to graduate, including the general education credits, the BAAW degree requirements, and any elective credit you may take.
The program schedule is fixed over the course of 3 years (half-time). Therefore it will take a minimum of 3 years to graduate.
Please see our entrance requirements page.
Students will be able to enroll in any of the BALA courses side by side with our BAAW courses at anytime. Some of our students will opt to be full time online students and enroll in our BAAW program and take BALA courses simultaneously for the duration of their time as an online student. Such students would graduate with a BAAW degree, and depending on how many key courses from the BALA program they’ve taken, they could also attain a minor in Liberal Arts.
If you have passed college level Anatomy & Physiology courses within the past 5 years with a grade B- or higher, then you can have them waived. Our third Anatomy & Physiology course however, Modern Health, cannot be waived since it’s unique to our program.
We have had many doctors, chiropractors, yoga therapists, massage therapists, osteopathic doctors and others take our programs here at MUM. If you already have a license, you will be able to integrate what you learn from this course into your practice.

We accomplish this by using an online learning platform that students find highly engaging. The program also features extensive collaboration between students, and one-on-one interaction between our faculty and each student.

Further, students in this program will study on the MUM campus during the two required clinical intensive training courses. This gives students the opportunity to practice conducting Ayurveda consultations under the guidance of faculty, as well as meet their fellow students in person.

Yes, students are required to have a certain number of “clinical hours” to fulfill both the degree and certification. This experience is enriching for students who have never been in a clinical setting, as well as those who currently have their own practice. Students must complete the first year of our Maharishi AyurVeda courses (2019) before they can attend the clinical intensive, and after that they can choose from either of two available offerings (August or February).

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