Master of Arts: Ayurveda

Earn a degree in Ayurveda while studying to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Program Formats

Master of Arts in Ayurveda (earning an Ayurvedic Practitioner concurrently) ** NAMA Recognized Format

  • 20 month program (including Clinical)
  • 15 modules offered HYBRID
  • Choose a REMOTE OPTION for as many as 3 modules.
  • Required IN-PERSON for 12 modules (including the 3 Clinical Internship modules of Dec 2022, April & August 2023).

**The NAMA Recognized Format is required to take the NAMA AP Board Exam and to continue into an Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) Program.

Master of Arts in Ayurveda (earning an Ayurvedic Practitioner concurrently) Non-NAMA Recognized Format

  • 20 month program (including Clinical)
  • 15 modules offered HYBRID
  • Choose any combination of REMOTE or IN-PERSON for 12 modules.
  • Required IN-PERSON for the 3 Clinical Internship modules of Dec 2022, April & August 2023

Master of Arts - Ayurveda

MA-Ayurveda Pre-Requisites:

  • BA/BS from an accredited institution
  • 6 College credits of Anatomy & Physiology
  • If the student completed their AHC elsewhere, they must successfully pass the NAMA Board Exam or the MMI Final Exam at the AHC level.
  • If the student is currently enrolled in the AHC program at Mount Madonna Institute and in good standing academically, they may continue into the MA program.

Earn a NAMA recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner certificate as you complete a Master of Arts in Ayurveda from our regionally accredited institution.

The Mount Madonna Institute Master of Arts degree in Ayurveda is a graduate level professional training that confers mastery and excellence in the field of holistic wellness and integrative health care.

The MA program consists of graduate level courses in advanced Ayurvedic medicine and classical texts, interprofessional education, supervised clinical practicum, an apprenticeship and research literacy. This program is directed toward students who have completed the AHC program and want a credential from an accredited university.

Achieve a level of academic excellence through advanced study and clinical practice.

Students learn to adapt Ayurveda for an integrative approach to healthcare. Graduates function effectively within healthcare subsystems to deliver excellent team-based, client-centered care and education for individuals, families, and the community. Graduates may also pursue research and academic opportunities.

Goals & Aims

MMI MA graduates are on the forefront of the development and promotion of Ayurveda, the fastest re-emerging modality of healthcare in the world and a solid partner in the expanding field of Integrative Medicine. Whether it is through teaching, writing articles, contributing to new or on-going research, presenting at professional conferences, or maintaining a respected clinical practice, our graduates are the next generation of Ayurveda in the U.S.A.

Program Highlights

This program, designed to allow the student to enjoy Mount Madonna’s 380 acre mountaintop campus, is also offered in a remote option. Students meet (in-person or online) one weekend a month. There are additional complementary (synchronous) online classes offered throughout the month. Students are taught by a variety of teachers and enjoy a variety of perspectives. The program is steeped in the classical texts of Ayurveda.

Classes are delivered in the following format:

Per trimester:

  • One weekend a month (33.5 hours in-seat) consisting of
    • Yoga for Health and Disease Management
    • Theory Courses
    • Integration
  • Wednesday nights 6:00-9:00 pm (online) 3 hours, 3 times a month, for course complements and integration.
  • Friday mornings 9:00-11:00 am (online) 2 hours twice per month (Sanskrit).

Here is the typical daily schedule (subject to change)

Per Month CourseTime (PST/PDT)Hrs.
ThursdayCourse2:00 - 5:00 pm3

Course6:00 - 8:00 am
FridayYoga7:00 - 8:30 am1.5
Course 9:30 - 12:30 pm3
Course1:30 - 5:30 pm4

Course6:30 - 8:30 pm2
SaturdayYoga7:30 - 9:30 am2
11:00 am - 2:00 pm3
Course 2:30 - 5:00 pm2.5
Course 6:00 - 8:30 pm2.5
SundayYoga7:00 - 8:30 am1.5
Course9:30 - 12:30 pm3
Integration1:30 - 5:00 pm3.5


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MA Ayurveda Program Course List with Hours and Credit

AY 300 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 301 Sanskrit

AY 302 Ayurveda Integration

AY 303 Sthula Sharira - Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology

AY 304 Rogi-Roga Pariksha - Diagnostic Methods

AY 305 Vikṛti Vijñāna 1 - Pathophysiology 1

AY 306 Manovaha Srotasa - Ayurvedic Psychology

AY 307 Brhattrayi & Laghutrayi - Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

AY 310a Clinical Practicum 1a

AY 400 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 401 Sanskrit (synchronous online only)

AY 402 Ayurveda Integration

AY 310b Clinical Practicum 1b

AY 403 Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 2

AY 404 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 1

AY 405 Srotamsi 1: Mahavaha, Pranavaha, Rasavaha & Jwara

AY 406 Srotamsi 2: Raktavaha (kustha), Shukravaha, Mutravaha & Shalakya Tantra

AY 410a Clinical Practicum 2a

AY 500 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 501 Sanskrit

AY 502 Ayurveda Integration

AY 410b Clinical Practicum 2b

AY 503 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 2

AY 504 Introduction to Scientific Research

AY 505 Srotamsi 3: Majjia, Mamsa, Meda & Ashti Vaha

AY 506 Srotamsi 4: Aartavavaha Srotasa - Stree Roga Prasuti & Kaumarabhritaya

AY 510a Clinical Practicum 3a

AY 600 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 602 Ayurveda Integration

AY 510b Clinical Practicum 3b

AY 603 Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 3

AY 604 Pancha Karma & Indriya Chikitsa - Ayurvedic Therapies & Sense Therapies

AY 605 Jara & Rasayana - Aging & Rejuvenating Therapies

AY 606 Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture, Chiropractor & Physical Therapy

AY 607 Clinical Case Study Presentations & Closing

AY 610 Clinical Apprenticeship

Mini-Courses in Yoga and Ayurveda

Are you interested in learning more about a particular subject in Ayurveda? Check out our mini course offerings. Mini courses are available to anyone with an interest in Ayurveda.

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