How much are books and other materials?

The approximate cost for books and materials is $300. This cost is subject to change based on changes in individual class requirements.

How much is tuition?

The tuition per trimester credit hour is $495. Each trimester you will take approximately two classes which are three credit hours each. There is also a $75 non-refundable application fee. Please visit the tuition and fees page for a full description.

When do I start?

There are three trimesters per year, in the fall, winter, and summer. You can begin the program at the closest start date following the acceptance of your application. Our current program schedule is shown in the IHCU Academic Calendar.

Can I get a student visa?

As a fully online institution, IHCU does not sponsor student visas. Students from all over the world can enroll and study from their own location.

How am I graded?

At International Health Coach University, letter grades (A+, B, C, etc.) are not used. Your official transcript will list each course with the grade as PASS, IP (in progress) or DNP (did not pass) awarded in accordance with each student’s demonstration of the prescribed learning objectives and outcomes of each course as follows:

80-100 – PASS
< 80 – DNP

A comprehensive list of graded assignments, assessments and related weighting can be found on each course syllabus.

Will I receive a diploma?

In order to graduate from the International Health Coach University and be awarded a Master of Science degree in Health Coaching with concentration Applied Nutrition, students must:

  1. Complete all required classes, earning a minimum of 18 credit hours at IHCU
  2. Pass the International Association for Health Coaches Certification
  3. Be in academic good standing
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Once graduation requirements have been verified, the student will be notified via email and the diploma made available.


What are the requirements for enrollment?

The complete admissions requirements can be found here. As part of the admissions process, candidates must submit the following documentation to IHCU:

  • $75 Application fee
  • Current Resume or CV
  • College/University Transcripts
  • Health Coaching Program Transcripts

I can’t find my transcripts. Can I still enroll?

Prospective students must submit a transcript as part of the application. The application will not be considered until all documentation is received. If you cannot find a copy of your transcript, please contact the institution from which you graduated and order a copy of your transcript.

Can I receive credit for other college or university classes that I completed?

International Health Coach University sees value in prior learning that students have completed. However, when a student completes a class at one institution, it is important to know how this study relates to a class offered at another institution. This information is especially useful when the student wishes to transfer credits from one institution to another. Transferring credits between graduate schools is rare and extremely limited. The credit system makes it possible to make such comparisons.

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving institution. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by International Health Coach University.

Likewise, credits earned at International Health Coach University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its programs, policies, and regulations.

Transfer credits will be evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • Only credits earned at an institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities will be considered. Any credits earned at a non United States institution must have a credential evaluation completed indicating equivalency with IHCU courses.
  • Additionally, by articulation agreement, completion of the Health Coach Training Program (HCTP) at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition will be accepted for 12 credits provided the student validates learning through successful completion of the International Association of Health Coaches certification exam.
  • An official transcript of the student’s classwork must be furnished directly by the institution where the classwork was completed before any application for transfer credits can be evaluated.
  • A copy of the catalog or class syllabi from the institution at which the classwork was completed, at the time that the classwork was completed, must be furnished before any application for transfer credits can be evaluated.
  • A minimum grade of “B,” “80%,” or “3.0” must have been awarded for each class completed to be eligible for transfer. Only classes in which grades were assigned will be considered. No credits earned as a result of a “pass/fail” option are eligible for transfer.
  • Classwork completed more than three years ago is not eligible for transfer of credit without external validation of current knowledge.
  • Transfer of academic credit must be completed prior to enrollment. Securing an official transcript in a timely manner is the sole responsibility of the student.
  • The Chief Academic Officer shall make final determination on the acceptability of transfer credits. The above guidelines shall be used in evaluating all applications for transfer of credit; however, the institution reserves the right to accept or reject any or all transfer credits at its discretion.

The maximum number of credits that can be transferred into the Master of Science degree in Health Coaching with concentration in Applied Nutrition is eighteen credits or up to 50% of the total program credits. While 50% is possible it is unlikely and receiving 18 credits in transfer would represent an exceptional set of circumstances.

Students wishing to receive credit for courses taken at other institutions will need to provide all required document as part of the application process.

Can I transfer IHCU credits to another college or university?

The acceptance of credit is always up to the receiving institution. Please contact the institution into which you would like to transfer credits earned at IHCU for their policy.

How do I apply for enrollment?

IHCU encourages all interested and qualified individuals to submit an application for consideration. Your application and all required documentation is submitted entirely online. Information for creating an IHCU account and how to submit the application form can be found here.

Technical Requirements

What do I need in order to take the online program, and what are the system requirements?

At International Health Coach University, electronic communication is the preferred medium for students, faculty and staff. In order to take advantage of this technology, it is required that learners, faculty and staff acquire and maintain email access with the capability to send and receive attached files.

In order to navigate the Internet, it is recommended that the latest version of one of the following browsers be used:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

International Health Coach University also provides documents that can be accessed using Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available without cost to students at adobe.com.

International Health Coach University strives to prevent the spread of computer viruses by employing the latest virus detection software on all university-owned computer systems; however, IHCU makes no guarantee related to the unintentional propagation of computer viruses that may go undetected by our virus detection software.

IHCU will not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages of any kind, including but not limited to; loss of data, file corruption, or hardware failure, resulting from the effect of any malicious code or computer virus unintentionally transmitted by university staff members, faculty, students or affiliates.

IHCU strongly recommends and urges all faculty and students to seek out and install adequate virus detection software and to routinely check for, and install the most recent updates to their anti-virus software no less frequently than once each month, for their particular computer and operating system.

Technical Specifications and Instructions
In general, students will access class materials using a computer, a modern web browser, and a high speed internet connection.

Specific classes may have additional technology requirements as specified in individual class syllabi.

Can this program be taken on a Mac?

Yes, all elements of the classes are available to Mac users.

Can I take the classes on my tablet or iPad?

No. While students may be able to complete portions of the classes on an iPad or tablet, a computer (desktop or laptop) is required to complete the entire program.

How do I access my classes? When do I go to class?

Once your application is accepted and you have completed your enrollment agreement, you will be given credentials and instructions for logging into your portal. All curriculum is provided entirely online, allowing you to study at a time and place that fits your schedule.

There are no required class times. And since all classes are virtual, there are no physical classrooms.