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Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism

The market for herbal supplements has grown into a $60 billion industry. Companies and organizations today are seeking herbalists who are capable of understanding evidence-based research as well as traditional knowledge. Maryland University of Integrative Health has responded to this shifting focus with the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism.

MUIH offers the only master’s degree in herbal therapeutics from a regionally accredited university that offers students a comprehensive study of medicinal herbs and health and integrates modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom. Combining research with foundational theory, the program offers an in-depth pre-clinical education covering the principles of health and wellness; herb identification and harvesting; herbal pharmacy; herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry; integrative human physiology; materia medica; and herbal therapeutics. 

The program has been designed to offer students a wider range of career options in line with current trends and future demands from consumers and industries. Herbal therapeutics are used to support and restore health and wellness around the world. As people increasingly seek natural healing as one of their healthcare choices, the need for knowledgeable professionals in this field continues to grow. The online and hybrid formats allow people from across the nation and across the globe to participate.

You will enhance the scope of your skills by selecting one of the following areas of concentration:

Clinical Herbalism

Hybrid Program

The Clinical Herbalism area of concentration provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to build a safe and effective clinical practice in herbalism to meet individual client’s health and wellness goals. In this area of concentration, students learn to conduct a comprehensive client assessment, establish health goals with the client, create a treatment plan and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. In addition to clinical practice, the experiential clinical aspects of this program include group facilitation, observation of other practitioners in students’ community, and academic clinical case writing. Through an articulation agreement with the American Herbalists Guild, students earn credits working closely with experienced clinical herbalists as mentoring supervisors, either in person or from a distance.

Herbal Product Design

Online Program

Graduates of the Herbal Product Design area of concentration will acquire the skillset and knowledge necessary to become thought leaders in the natural products field, with an understanding of product development both broad and deep that allows them to participate in multiple sectors of the herbal supplement field from production to manufacturing to research to final product development with existing companies and as entrepreneurs. 

Career Opportunities

  • Herbalist in private practice or in integrative settings
  • Herbal researcher to conduct, interpret, and apply research
  • Information specialist for herbal industry trade groups
  • Quality control positions in the natural products industry
  • Compliance substantiation for federal regulatory agencies
  • Product formulation and development in food and herbal industries
  • Faculty at universities, state colleges, and community colleges
  • Developer of educational materials
  • Community health educator
  • Writer, editor, or publisher

Program Highlights

  • 42 or 52 credits depending on concentration, completed in as little as two years
  • A seamless integration  of modern scientific knowledge with traditional herbal wisdom
  • Combines foundational theory with practical skills
  • Covers principles of health and wellness
  • Includes herb identification and harvesting, herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry, materia medica, and herbal therapeutics
  • Taught by highly accomplished and dynamic international faculty from a number of herbal traditions
  • Emphasis on foundational knowledge, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to advance the field