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Master of Science in Yoga Therapy

As a yoga therapy practitioner positioned at the forefront of this emerging field, you will be able to design a fulfilling career working with individuals and groups in a wide variety of settings. Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy is the country’s first master’s degree in yoga therapy, and offers a unique approach to this field by providing you with a comprehensive and highly experiential classroom experience taught by nationally renowned experts, culminating with an on-site, mentored clinical experience that prepares you to build or grow your practice.

Novel outcomes for this program include:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the classical and theoretical foundations of the field of Yoga Therapy, as well as extensive knowledge of biomedical systems from an integrative and holistic perspective, as needed for the practice of Yoga Therapy
  • Skills to apply teachings from this curriculum and in previous yoga teacher trainings to assess the needs of clients, to design and implement effective programs, and to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs
  • Ability to effectively use yoga as a therapeutic modality through the integration of diverse approaches to this field

Career Opportunities

By receiving one of the first master’s degrees available in this rapidly emerging field, our graduates will be in a powerful market position to take advantage of growing employment opportunities. We wholly anticipate that our graduates will become leaders and faculty who influence the evolution of yoga therapy as an integrative health practice. In addition, research into the benefits of the therapeutic use of yoga is quickly expanding, and third-party insurance reimbursement is beginning to be used for yoga therapy in some cases.

Career choices for Master of Yoga Therapy graduates include:

  • Yoga Therapist in private practice
  • Clinical practitioner in integrative health practices, fitness centers, medical centers, and other health-related organizations
  • Consultant to public and community health efforts
  • Corporate wellness program designer
  • Faculty in higher education and educator in schools
  • Writer, publisher, and editor of written and electronic communications

About the Curriculum

Our 39.5-credit Master of Science in Yoga Therapy provides yoga professionals with a comprehensive foundation in the theoretical, scientific, and experiential training of yogic teachings and practices. The curriculum is anchored in a relationship-centered philosophy, honoring most yoga traditions, and acknowledging the complex interrelationship between body, mind, and spirit. When you complete the program, you will be able to teach clients how to tailor the practices and teachings of yoga to address their individual health needs and to cultivate a lifetime of wellness.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Prepares you with extensive foundational knowledge in yoga therapy, critical thinking skills, and information literacy needed to excel in the program and in your future career
  • Provides a strong foundation in the theories of health and disease relevant to the practice of yoga therapy
  • Embraces the diversity of styles and approaches to yoga therapy
  • Features custom-designed science courses delivered by experienced health science faculty
  • Incorporates master classes with nationally recognized experts to offer students a broad base of perspectives and experiences in yoga therapy
  • Terminology and language of Western medicine is taught to enable you to effectively communicate with a wide variety of professional colleagues and to effectively integrate yoga therapy with other healing disciplines
  • Offers a mentored clinical experience with on-site clinic supervisors
  • Builds a strong yoga community within and across cohorts of students and faculty
  • Program can be completed in two years through on-campus weekend classes
  • Eligible for federal financial aid
IAYT Accreditation

Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).