FAQs - Ayurveda

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different levels?

We have three levels of training including, Diploma – Āyurvedic Health Counselor (12 months), Certificate – Āyurvedic Practitioner (22 months including Diploma), and Master of Arts – Āyurveda (31 months including Certificate).

Are you approved by the state?

All of our programs and the MA degree are approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

How much is the tuition?

We have different tuition options depending if you pay in full or decide to make payments. > Tuition & Fees

How much is housing?

We have different housing options and price depends on which type of accommodation you choose. > Commuting & Housing

Do the courses run sequentially?

Our academic program begins every year in January starting with our Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program. The Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Master of Arts Programs follow sequentially.

Can I commute?

Yes, commuters pay a daily fee for facilities use and meals.

How much homework is there?

There is a minimum of five hours per week, which includes a study guide, reading and homework.

Can I still work and complete the program?

Because of the convenient Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday weekend schedule once a month, many students work full time and complete the program successfully.

Do you have financial aid or scholarships?

At this time we are unable to provide financial aid or scholarships, but do offer tuition payment plans for enrolled students.

An Early Bird tuition discount of 5% is awarded if applications are submitted prior to a certain date. Please see program page for more information.

Do I need an undergraduate degree to start/complete the program?

You do not need a bachelors degree to enroll in the AHC or Certificate Programs, but a BA or BS is required to enroll in the Master of Arts – Āyurveda.

Who are the teachers?

We draw the most highly qualified faculty to teach the Institute’s courses. Faculty members typically have the B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Āyurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree, the degree held by professors of Āyurveda in India.

I am an international student. Do you provide student visas? Are there online distance learning opportunities?

We do not provide student visas. All international students must enter the country with a tourist visa.

We do not offer online, distance-learning classes at this time.

Where are you located?

Mount Madonna Institute is located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California. About 45 minutes from Santa Cruz, 30 minutes from Watsonville or Gilroy, 75 minutes from San Jose and 2 hours from San Francisco and Oakland.

How long does it take to get there from the airport?

From San Jose Airport - about 1 hour and 15 minutes; From San Francisco Airport - about 2 hours.

Do you have classes throughout the year?

We start our academic year every January/February.

Weekend workshops are periodically offered to the public throughout the year. Please check our College of Āyurveda Calendar for offerings.