Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Holistic Health Studies

Holistic health is also known as integrative, complementary or alternative healthcare. It crosses borders, disciplines, time, religions and ways of knowing and healing to benefit individuals, communities and the environment.

In the United States, holistic health took root during the 1960s and ’70s. Concern about our environment was growing, women and cultural minorities were demanding a voice and new opportunities, and ease of travel and communications opened up the world. Today, this emerging model of healthcare draws from the best of modern scientific medicine and cross-cultural healing wisdom passed down over centuries.

Program Details

  • Format: Evening classes
  • Location: Primarily Minneapolis campus
  • Credits: 39 (master's), 12 (certificate)
  • Completion time: 2.5 years (master's), 1 year (certificate)

What can I do with a Master's in Holistic Health Studies?

In the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies (MAHS) on our Minneapolis campus, our academic and experiential program gives you the tools to integrate holistic health into a variety of professions and fields. Opportunities for skill development, empowerment and transformation prepare you to play a leading role in the evolution of health and healing.

Our graduates apply their research-based knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, caring and creativity in a wide variety of ways:

  • Healthcare providers who are seeking to integrate holistic and complementary skills into their current practice
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Educators and other human development professionals
  • Independent professionals already working as, or seeking to work as, alternative and complementary health practitioners

Our students are motivated by their interest in having more meaning and purpose in their lives. They have a passion for creating healthier and more vibrant communities by learning and integrating holistic practices both personally and professionally. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in research that is relevant to your own journey, advancing your knowledge and contributing to the field.

Explore previous research projects by our students.

How will I study?

St. Catherine’s 39-credit Holistic Health Studies master's degree program can be completed in 2.5 years. Most classes meet in an evening format on our Minneapolis campus.

The MAHS curriculum draws on knowledge from all corners of life and all disciplines of study. You will research emerging and integrative models of healthcare, and learn to understand yourself and the current holistic health movement in the historical context of social change.

At the core of the MAHS program is a commitment to cultural diversity and a respect for indigenous and ancient healing practices. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of healing traditions, along with your own cultural influences, as you investigate the historic constructs underpinning today's medical systems.

A graduate certificate in Holistic Health Studies is also available.

For returned Peace Corps volunteers who are interested in pursuing an MAHS degree, St. Catherine offers a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.

MAHS dual-degree options are available with St. Catherine's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or the Master of Social Work (MSW).

Why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MAHS program is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 39-credit MAHS degree is $811 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MAHS program. Apply to start in F’19 or Sp’20 to be considered for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership/Service

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall/Spring application deadlines.

In addition, St. Catherine's MAHS students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

MAHS students may qualify for an award from the Jeannette Buczynski Kissinger Scholarship Fund. Information about award eligibility is provided by the department during the Fall semester.

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MAHS Degree Requirements

MAHS Degree Requirements

The MAHS degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MAHS program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.



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