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at Mount Madonna, California

Master of Arts in Ayurveda

Online & In-Person

Degree Program

Achieve a level of academic excellence through advanced study and clinical practice. Earn a NAMA recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner certificate as you complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute, a regionally accredited institution.

The 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 designed for individuals who have completed the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program, have a B.S. or B.A. degree and desire an MA credential from an accredited university.

This program offers the opportunity for the student to enjoy Mount Madonna’s 380 acre mountaintop campus and study from the comfort of their home or office . Students receive instruction from  teachers who offer a variety of perspectives and expertise, and programming that is steeped in the classical texts of Ayurveda.

Why study at Mount Madonna Institute?

  • Accredited by WASC
  • Sharing the Science of Ayurveda since 1978
  • BAMS & MA-Ayurveda trained faculty
  • Convenient meeting schedule
  • Small class sizes allow students to interact with faculty
  • Payment plans to facilitate tuition
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What you will learn

Classical Ayurvedic Knowledge

  • To adapt Ayurveda for an integrative approach to healthcare
  • To function effectively within healthcare subsystems
  • To deliver excellent team-based, client-centered care and education for individuals, families, and the community

What you can do

The next generation of ayurveda in the usa

  • Pursue research and academic opportunities
  • Be on the forefront of the development and promotion of Ayurveda, the fastest re-emerging modality of healthcare in the world
  • Become a solid partner in the expanding field of Integrative Medicine
  • Teach, write articles, and contribute to new or on-going research
  • Present at professional conferences
  • Maintain a respected clinical practice
  • Become the next generation of Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States and around the world




Estimated Total: $25,300
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Masters of Arts in Ayurveda

Sample Monthly Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday Evening
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Course 3 hr
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Course 2 hr
7:00 am - 8:30 am Yoga 1.5 hr
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Course 3 hr
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Course 4 hr
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Integration 2 hr
7:30 am - 9:30 am Yoga 2 hr
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Course 3 hr
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Course 3 hr
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Course 2.5 hr
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Course 2.5 hr
7:00 am - 8:30 am Yoga 1.5 hr
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Course 3 hr
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Course 1 hr
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Integration 2.5 hr
*Pacific Time Zone

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  • B.A./B.S. from an accredited institution
  • Six college credits of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Successful completion of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program
  • Successful completion of the NAMA Board Exam or the MMI AHC Final Exam, if the student completed their AHC at another institution
  • Academic good standing at Mount Madonna Institute, if the student is currently enrolled in the AHC program

Content Delivery

  • 20 month program (including Clinical Apprenticeship)
  • 15 modules offered hybrid ( 13 in-person & 2 online)
  • Each module is offered one time per month, Thursday 2:00 pm– Sunday 5:00 pm PT
  • Three Wednesday nights per month, 6:00 – 9:00 pm PT, online
  • Two Friday mornings per month, 9:00 – 11:00 am PT, online

MA Tuition & Fees

Academic Year 2025-2026

Estimated total does not include meals and lodging. Your meals and lodging cost is based upon your housing selection and length of stay.

Master of Arts - Ayurveda (MA)

Tuition Cost Only
Application Fee (New Student)*
Application Fee (Continuing Student)*
Estimated Textbooks
Total Estimated Academic Charges

*Application fee is non-refundable

Meals & Lodging per night

Own tent or vehicle
Dormitory (4 per room)
Triple (3 per room)
Double (2 per room)
Double room with bathroom
Single room with bathroom

Studying Affordably

Financial Aid opportunities for your education

  • Scholarship: Check the scholarship box on your application.
  • Payment Plans: Available to all students. Talk to an admissions counselor for more information!
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Ayurveda Faculty & Staff

rucha kelkar

Rucha Kelkar,
Chair- College of Ayurveda

suhas kshirsagar

Suhas Kshirsagar,

renee rossi

Renée Rossi,

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Course Descriptions

Manovaha Srotasa - Ayurvedic Psychology

Course No. AYP 306
This course investigates the knowledge of the Mind, its functions, causative factors for pathological change, stages of pathology and various diseases presenting with psychological and physical symptoms. It assesses various psychological disorders from an Ayurvedic perspective. Students explore the predominance of the three gunas (Sattwa, Rajas, Tamas) in specific conditions and learn which Ayurvedic therapies (diet, lifestyle, and herbal) can be recommended. Spiritual and subtle therapies of the sister sciences are considered as well.

Brhattrayi & Laghutrayi - Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

Course No. AYP 307
This course more deeply examines the basic principles of Ayurvedic medicine and the eight branches of medicine through the classical texts. Students investigate the historical significance and philosophical foundations of Ayurvedic medicine, as they explore and expand their knowledge and use of these ancient texts in a modern clinical practice. The course focuses specifically on Ashtanga Hridayam and Charaka Samhita, however all the major and minor texts will be included.


Course No. AYM 301, AYM 401, AYM 501
This course continues the study of Sanskrit, the language of Ayurveda. Students learn to read, write, and chant Sanskrit slokas relating to health, wellness and each disease system studied. This course is studied throughout the 4 trimesters of the program.

Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 2

Course No. APM 403
This course delves deeper into the Ayurvedic principles of herbology, focusing on the functions, indications, and contraindications of various medicinal herbs. It covers the use of single herbs, classical compounded formulas, and different methods of combining herbs to restore physical and mental equilibrium and manage various imbalances.

Allopathy 1

Course No. AYP 404
This course includes medical research, terminology and common drug, herb, vitamin interactions. Diagnostic tools in allopathic medicine and medical approaches for cardiovascular, women’s health, infectious disease and mental health including lab analysis, imaging, pharmaceuticals, and surgery. The course will also examine the relationship between Ayurveda and allopathy, exploring ways to work collaboratively.

Srotamsi 1: Mahavaha, Pranavaha, Rasavaha & Jwara

Course No. AYM 405
This course explores in detail the major systems via srotamsi (channels) as explained in the classical texts of Ayurvedic Medicine including various disorders, assessment, and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as treatments through diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas and other therapies. The srotamsi explored are: Mahavaha (GI tract) Pranavaha (respiratory), Rasavaha (cardiovascular) and Jwara (infectious disease).

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

Course No. AYP 406
This course explores in detail the major systems via srotamsi (channels) as explained in the classical texts of Ayurvedic Medicine including various disorders, assessment and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as treatments through diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas, and other therapies. The srotamsi explored are: Raktavaha (blood disorders & skin), Shukravaha (men’s health), Mutravaha (genito-urinary) and Shalakya Tantra (ENT/ head/ neck).

Allopathy 2

Course No. AYP 503
This course includes current research and medical approaches for infectious disease, neurology, ENT, endocrine, and gastrointestinal diseases. Commonly used diagnostic tools in allopathic medicine including imaging, surgery, chemotherapy, anesthesia, and radiation. This course will also examine the relationship between Ayurveda and allopathy, exploring ways to work collaboratively.

Introduction to Scientific Research

Course No. AYM 504
This course provides the students a basic understanding of scientific research processes and an introduction to steps involved in scientific research models, methods, and analysis. Students will learn how to critically understand and evaluate scientific research presentations and literature and begin to critique scientific methodology.

Srotamsi 3: Majjia, Mamsa, Meda & Ashti Vah

Course No. AYM 505
This course explores in detail the nervous system in Ayurvedic Medicine including the disorders, assessment, and treatment. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas, and other therapies. Srotamsi explored are: Majjavaha/Mamsavaha (neuromuscular system), Medavaha (metabolic disorders) and Astivaha (bone).

Srotamsi 4: Aartavavaha Srotasa - Stree Roga Prasuti & Kaumarabhritaya

Course No. AYM 506
This course explores in detail women’s health in Ayurvedic Medicine including the Ayurvedic approach to promoting fertility, a healthy pregnancy, and the imbalances of menopause. Students learn the causes, signs and symptoms, and pathogenesis of the disorders, as well as diet, lifestyle, herbal formulas, and other therapies. Assessment and appropriate intervention for children is examined per different age groups from infants to adolescence. Diet and lifestyle to promote health as well as herbs suitable for children are presented. Students explore: Aartavavaha (women’s health), Stree Roga Prasuti (pre & postnatal) and Kaumarabhritya (pediatrics).

Clinical Practicum

Course No. AYP 310, AYP 410, AYP 510
This course introduces students to advanced consultation practices and protocols for consultations. Students continue to develop their skills as Ayurvedic Practitioners through consultations and clinical discussions in the classroom under the supervision of experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are required to prepare case papers for each client. (This course runs over four trimesters for a total of 90 client encounters).

Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 3

Course No. AYP 603
This course explores in detail the Ayurvedic principles of Herbology and Pharmaceuticals, functions, indications and contraindications of various medicinal herbs, use of single and compounded herbs, and various methods of combining herbs into formulas to restore physio/mental equilibrium and management of various imbalances. Students will learn how to make individual formulas, calculate dosages, and recommend herbal interventions for each of the disease systems investigated.

Pancha Karma & Indriya Chikitsa - Ayurvedic Therapies & Sense Therapies

Course No. AYP 604
This course is a hands-on experiential demonstration of various Ayurvedic bodywork techniques including abhyanga, Ayurvedic massage, shirodharabastiMarma Therapy, and herbal swedana. Students learn the techniques and put them into practice in the classroom. Students explore and practice various Sense Therapies. Because this is a survey course and does not provide in- depth training in these therapies, students will generally apply the knowledge to refer clients out to qualified practitioners.

Jara & Rasayana - Aging & Rejuvenating Therapies

Course No. AYP 605
Students will examine health issues that are of particular concern for the aging including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure. The course explores in detail the concept of rasayana or rejuvenation in Ayurvedic Medicine. Students learn dietary measures, herbal formulas, external therapies, and daily routines used as rejuvenatives to promote nourishment and tonification, strengthen the immune system and build strength.

Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture, Chiropractor & Physical Therapy

Course No. AYP 606
This course introduces students to other modalities of healthcare like Acupuncture, Chiropractor and Physical Therapy. Students examine key concepts in each of these modalities and consider their relevance in modern healthcare treatment.

Clinical Case Study Presentations & Closing

Course No. AYP 607
This seminar provides a forum for students to present their cases and to engage in rigorous discussion about the cases and case management with a panel of professors. Students are required to write and present a minimum of two case studies through a visual presentation enhanced through peer review and class discussion.


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