The VaYU Ph.D. program is licensed by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), State of California. See BPPE Approved Programs.

Ph.D. requires long-term commitments from the knowledge-curious student, the Research Advisor (also known as the Faculty Research Guide), and VaYU. Typically, it takes a diligent student 3-5 years beyond a Master’s degree or 5-7 years to complete the program beyond Bachelor’s. Some students however intelligent and accomplished, simply may not be motivated toward research. We counsel the candidate student on the typical length of the program, the commitment needed, and, Career Options before enrolling in the program.


The objective of VaYU’s Ph.D. (Yoga) Program is to develop an independent researcher with:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of, and skills in, Yoga.
  2. Ability to formulate a substantial research question in an uncharted aspect of a sub-discipline.
  3. Ability to explore, discover and uncover new knowledge and methodologies in the service of science and humanity.

Program Structure

Students admitted to a term follow the course of study together throughout the 6 - 10 Semester program. The Program requirements are:

  • 36 Credits after Masters or 66 Credits after Bachelor's Degree.
    • Coursework of 20 credits (or 6 - 7 courses), plus
    • A Doctoral Dissertation of 16 credits

Admission Dates

VaYU has two intakes for the Ph.D. Program:

  • Fall Semester
    • Application Deadline: Completed Applications by Friday of the 2nd week of August
    • 1st  day of classes: Monday of the 4th week of August, and
  • Spring Semester
    • Application Deadline: Completed Applications by Friday of the 1st week of January.
    • 1st  day of classes: Tuesday of January 3rd week after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., holiday.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Ph.D. (Yoga) program is in either of two ways:

  1. An MS (Yoga) degree holder from VaYU or any other recognized institution of higher learning with a CGPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, can apply for the Ph.D. program.
  2. A candidate with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in any discipline can apply for the MS/Ph.D. program but will have to first complete all the requirements for an MS (Yoga) program at VaYU before being formally admitted to the Ph.D. program.

Mode of Delivery

The program will be delivered in a hybrid mode – online and on-campus/field. For courses requiring face-to-face practical training, a Personal Contact Program (PCP) will be conducted for some courses at our physical address 15311 Pioneer Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90650. The actual dates of this are provided in the University Calendar. Students will work in the field as appropriate during their thesis work in conjunction with their Research Thesis Guides for data collection and/or training.

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Program Description

Courses for the Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. students will have to complete 20 credits of coursework at VaYU.

  •  For course details please refer to the School Catalog.
  • A maximum of '6 credits' of coursework can be transferred from another institute of higher learning, as long as these credits have not been applied towards a degree.
    • Upon enrollment, a student will have to apply to the Registrar's Office for a 'Course Transfer' request.
  • A maximum of two YMS 3XX courses can be counted towards the Ph.D. requirement.
    • No YMS 1XX or YMS 2XX can be applied toward the Ph.D. Program coursework requirements.
  • Not all courses are offered in all semesters. Some courses may have prerequisites.
    • Details of the above courses including, course objectives, learning outcomes, topics covered, and evaluation, are provided when you enroll in the Ph.D. program and register for the course.

Course Path

Course Path for Ph.D. (Yoga) with prerequisite courses represented. Numbers represent ‘Course Credit Hours.’

Program Framework Flowchart

Program Framework and Plan