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Information for Enrolled Online Students

The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.

1st semester

This course introduces students to three fundamental sources of knowledge that can be used together to evaluate any idea: personal experience, scientific reasoning, and traditional wisdom. On the basis of evidence from all three sources, a new consciousness-based framework is introduced as a new way of viewing the world and addressing its challenges. (5 credits)
The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics. Materials fee: $10 Prerequisite: STC 108 (4 credits)

2nd semester

Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $6 (4 credits)
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Materials fee: $30; Prerequisite: PH 260 (4 credits)

3rd semester

This course takes all of the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda learned thus far and gives students the opportunity to apply them in case studies. Students will learn about a range of common disorders and ayurvedic protocols for restoring balance. Students will practice putting together comprehensive recommendations to prepare them for an Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant practice.
Topics include: restoring balance and creating harmony using herbs, diet, lifestyle recommendations, aromatherapy, yoga asanas, and other modalities described in Maharishi AyurVeda; basic and advanced principles of ayurvedic anatomy & physiology, including the relationship between consciousness, health, mind and the body; review of the ayurvedic approach to common dosha imbalances; general principles of how to bring balance to major aspects of health such as: mind and emotions, digestive health, women’s health, detoxification and more. Includes exercises in the form of case studies and practical presentation skills. (8 credits)

4th semester

Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as relevant medical terminology. This course provides understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains balance and homeostasis. The integrated functioning of trillions of diverse cells, each with a million chemical reactions per second, gives rise to a healthy, vital human being. Students will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. Tony Nader, MD, PhD discovered that major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The understanding of human physiology as a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature will be explored in this two-course series. Topics include comprehensive study of the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Lab fee: $25. (4 credits)
This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. In this course students will study the reproductive, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine organ systems. This course will present an in-depth overview of the organ systems that are major coordinators of homeostasis. Focus will be on the endocrine system and divisions of the nervous system, and how they control other organ systems of the body and maintain homeostasis. Effects of stress on human physiology, body response to stress, and the relationship between stress and lifestyle diseases will also be covered. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Students will continue exploring how every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This course includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, and human anatomy and physiology. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: BIO 265 (4 credits)

5th semester

Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include: an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25; Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing the unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)

6th semester

This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, and its application in Maharishi AyurVeda. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the chemical structure and properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their therapeutic effects on physiological and emotional states, and their effect on the three doshas; and indications for common ailments. In this course students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Materials fee: $15. Prerequisite: PH 260 or PH 352 (4 credits)
The comprehensive, time-tested knowledge of Maharishi AyurVeda provides the basis to give every family the best start. Topics include: preconception guidelines to maximize fertility and fetal health, month-by-month guidelines for pregnancy, strategies to facilitate labor and provide the ideal environment at delivery, and postpartum care guidelines for both parents and newborns to ensure the fullest recuperation for mothers and a healthy beginning for every family. Materials fee: $30. Prerequisites: PH 262 or equivalent and either PH 263. (4 credits)

After 3rd semester, as convenient

During this course, students get practical experience of the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda and build confidence in consulting with clients, family, and friends to guide them to higher levels of health and wellness. In the clinical setting, students take turns leading consultations and participate in discussions of case studies under the supervision of experts in Maharishi AyurVeda and modern medicine. By the end of the course, students are required to complete their major capstone project, consisting of a reflection paper and a portfolio of case studies based on at least 50 clinical encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases). May be repeated for credit up to four times with the permission of the department Academic Advisor. Prerequisites: PH 263 and either PH 430 or PH 352. Note: The course is designed to provide practice of how to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding health care practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi International University makes no representations regarding its economic or other value. Prerequisite: PH 430 (6 credits, in three two-week blocks on campus)

The following is the projected schedule of online BA classes for the 2020-21 school year and is subject to change.

Fall 2020

NumberTitle CreditsStartEnd
AAS 100Creating a Daily Routine of Deep Rest and Dynamic Activity
1Aug 17Aug 28
AAS 101Introduction to Sanskrit Pronunciation in Ayurveda (Wegman)1Aug 17Aug 28
FOR 403Consciousness, Creativity, and the Image (Nelson)1Aug 17Aug 28
PH 431Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum (Sharma)2Aug 17Aug 29
STC 108Science and Technology of Consciousness (Collins)5Aug 17Oct 23
PHYS 310Foundations of Physics and Consciousness (Hagelin)5Aug 17Oct 23
September – October
PH 260Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self Pulse for Good Health (Medeiros)4Aug 31Oct 23
BIO 265Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Olmstead)4Aug 31Oct 23
MGT 405Cross-Cultural Communication (Thompson)4Aug 31Oct 23
CANM 265Smartphone Photography (Olivas)4Aug 31Oct 23
RL-W200Change Begins Within: Finding Health, Happiness, and Wholeness (Jones)4Aug 31Oct 23
AAS 400Senior Project Basic (Beaufort)4Aug 31Oct 23
AAS 401Senior Project Advanced (Beaufort)8Aug 31Dec 18
PH 430Maharishi AyurVeda Consultant Training for Clinical Practice (Hart)8Aug 31Dec 18
November – December
WTG 191College Composition 1 (J. Fairchild)4Oct 26Dec 19
WTG 192CCTS: Composition 2 (Cymraes)4Oct 26Dec 19
PH 101Physiology is Consciousness (Travis)4Oct 26Dec 19
PH 262Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion and Nutrition (Meideiros)4Oct 26Dec 19
RL-F201 CCTS: Ecosystems & Regeneration (Gibbons)4Oct 26Dec 19
RL-S320Food Systems (Bhargava)4Oc 26Dec 19
CANM 300Art of Story (Tanner)4Oct 26Dec 19
FA 204CCTS: Quest for Self-Knowledge (Beaufort)4Oct 26Dec 19
BIO 266Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Olmstead)4Oct 26Dec 19
AAS 400Final Project (Beaufort)4Oct 26Dec 19

Winter 2021

NumberTitle CreditsStartEnd
FOR 103Health Related Fitness (Matthews)2Jan 11Feb 4
FOR 431Higher States of Consciousness (Geer)2Jan 11Feb 4
FOR206Writing for Life (Waller)2Jan 11Feb 4
PHYS 296Philosophy of Science (Scharf)2Jan 11Feb 4
FA 203Understanding Art (Nelson)2Jan 11Feb 4
CANM 256Graphic Arts - Layers of Creativity (Morehead Jr)2Jan 11Feb 4
MGT 346Career Strategies (Sengupta)2Jan 11Feb 4
PH 431Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultant Practicum (Sharma)2Jan 11Jan 23
PH 431Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultant Practicum (Sharma)2Jan 25Feb 6

Spring 2021

NumberTitle CreditsStartEnd
STC 108Science and Technology of Consciousness (Collins)5Feb 8Apr 22
AAS 101 Introduction to Sanskrit Pronunciation (Wegman)1Feb 8Feb 19
AAS 100Creating a Daily Routine of Deep Rest and Dynamic Activity (Beaufort)1Feb 8Feb 19
FOR 403Consciousness, Creativity and the Image (Nelson)1Feb 8Feb 19
FOR 372Yoga in Art (Beaufort)1Feb 8Feb 19
PH 431Maharishi Ayurveda Wellness Consultant Practicum (Sharma)2Feb 8Feb 20
March - April
WTG 192CCTS: Composition 2 (J. Fairchild)4Feb 22Apr 22
PH 260Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self-Pulse for Good Health4Feb 22Apr 22
WTG 313Writing and Reading the Short Story (Cymraes)4Feb 22Apr 22
FA 301Drawing from Within (Nelson)4Feb 22Apr 22
CANM 251Power of Social Media Marketing (Khare)4Feb 22Apr 22
RL-F202Regenerative Community Development & Design (Gibbons)4Feb 22Apr 22
RL-S251Global Solutions I : Addressing the Global Challenges of Our Time (Tanner)4Feb 22Apr 22
PH 263Maharishi Yoga Asanas4Feb 22Apr 22
BIO 265Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Olmstead)4Feb 22Apr 22
AAS 400Senior Project Basic (Jones)4Feb 22Apr 22
AAS401Senior Project Advanced (Jones)8Feb 22Jun 17
PH 430Maharishi AyurVeda Consultant Training for Clinical Practice (Meideiros)8Feb 22Jun 17
May – June
PH 101Physiology is Consciousness (Jamoona)4Apr 26Jun 17
MATH 130CCTS: Quantitative Reasoning (Barrett)4Apr 26Jun 17
Art of the Self (Nelson)4Apr 26Jun 17
PH 262Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion and Nutrition4Apr 26Jun 17
WTG 206CCTS: Introduction to Rhetoric (McClendon)4Apr 26Jun 17
PH 412Maharishi Ayurveda Herbology4Apr 26Jun 17
BIO 266Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Olmstead)4Apr 26Jun 17
CANM 284Cinematography (Kouider)4Apr 26Jun 17
CANM 288Video Editing (Olivas)4Apr 26Jun 17
RL-S252Global Solutions II : The Art and Science of Global Transformation (Tanner)4Apr 26Jun 17
SL-B101Sustainability, Buildings, and the Built Environment (Stimson)4Apr 26Jun 17
AAS 400Senior Project Basic (Jones)4Apr 26Jun 17

Course NumberTextbook requirementTextbook titleISBN
AAS 100Materials provided in course
AAS 101Materials provided in course
AAS 400 or 401Materials provided in course
BIO 265RequiredVisualizing Human Biology, 5th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-1119398264
BIO 265RecommendedAtlas of Human Anatomy, 7th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-0323393225
BIO 266RequiredVisualizing Human Biology, 5th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-1119398264
BIO 266RecommendedAtlas of Human Anatomy, 7th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-0323393225
CANM 251Materials provided in course
CANM 256Materials provided in course
CANM 265Materials provided in course
CANM 284Materials provided in course
CANM 300Materials provided in course
FA 141RequiredA Short Book About Art978-1854379078
FA 203Materials provided in course
FA 204Materials provided in course
FOR 103Materials provided in course
FOR 206Materials provided in course
FOR 403Materials provided in course
FOR 431RecommendedConversations with Maharishi, Volume 1.978-0923569365
FOR 431RecommendedScience of Being and Art of Living (revised edition).978-0452282667
FOR 431RecommendedMaharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6 (reprint edition).978-0140192476
FOR 431RecommendedThe Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time—and How You Can Cultivate Them.978-0923569525
MATH 130RequiredCommon Sense Mathematics978-193951109
MGT 346Materials provided in course
MGT 405Materials provided in course
PH 101RecommendedYour Brain is a River, Not a Rock978-1469937212
PH 260Materials provided in course
PH 262Materials provided in course
PH 263Materials provided in course
PH 412Materials provided in course
PH 430Materials provided in course
PH431Materials provided in course
PHYS 296RequiredWhere the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism978-0199812097
PHYS 310Materials provided in course
RL-F201RequiredDesigning Regenerative Cultures978-1909470774
RL-F201RequiredThe Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision978-1316616437

RL-F201RequiredThe Princeton Guide to Ecology978-0691156040
RL-F202RequiredDesigning for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative Sustainability978-1138800625
RL-F202RequiredRegenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability
RL-S251Materials provided in course
RL-S252Materials provided in course
RL-S320Materials provided in course
RL-W200RecommendedPositive Psychology: The Science of Well Being.978-1473902152
SL—B101Materials provided in course
STC 108RecommendedScience of Being and Art of Living978-0452282667
WTG 191Materials provided in course
WTG 192Materials provided in course
WTG 206Materials provided in course
WTG 313Materials provided in course

Consciousness-BasedSM education was developed by the University’s founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, so that students not only gain professional skills and knowledge in different fields of life but also develop themselves from within to unfold their full potential. Self-exploration is at the heart of an MIU education. By directly experiencing your innermost nature through the Transcendental Meditation® technique, you can easily connect each discipline to your own life, and see the underlying unity of all knowledge. In every course at MIU, in addition to learning the knowledge of the subject, you will explore the connection of that knowledge with consciousness – your innermost Self.

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless procedure to develop students’ full creative potential from within and to improve the overall quality of life. Extensive published research has found that regular TM practice reduces stress, promotes integrated brain functioning, increases creativity and intelligence, and enhances learning ability and academic performance. For these reasons, all students are required to practice the TM technique each day for about 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Online students are required to learn Transcendental Meditation before their academic program begins. For those without a local TM center, students can learn TM during the orientation session.

You’ll also learn two simple and effective methods for creating and maintaining a balanced state of health and gaining maximum benefit from your TM practice:

  • simple yoga postures (called Maharishi Yoga Asanas) for flexibility and mind-body integration
  • a simple breathing exercise (called pranayama) for enlivening your mind and body

Accepted US applicants can learn TM for $190. International applicants should consult with their nearest TM center.

To find a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, visit

Online students will be automatically withdrawn from a for-credit course if the student does not log on to the online course by Day 7 (11:59 pm Central time) after the course begin date that is published in the schedule. During the length of the course, a student must participate according to the course syllabus on a weekly basis. Students who fail to participate within a 14-day period will be automatically withdrawn.

Students who fail to maintain active participation in an online course as defined in the course syllabus will be withdrawn from the course unless their instructor has given prior approval and the instructor has notified the MIU Registrar and

Student attendance in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the course syllabus. Online courses have weekly mechanisms for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods: submission/completion of assignments, posting to discussion forums, and quizzes. Logging into Canvas, watching videos, chat in Slack, and email communication with faculty do not count as course participation.

If a student cannot meet the deadline for submission of academic work, then they must agree to a Late Work Contract in order to submit the work late.

Students may not hand in work after the last class session of a course unless they have made prior arrangements with the course instructor, and all students are given a grade at that time based on completed work, in-class performance, and work not yet completed. A zero (0) for the uncompleted work is figured into the interim grade. Students who are not able to complete all major assignments of a course, typically in the final week, due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances beyond their control, may petition the professor in writing before the end of the course to be granted more time. If the petition for additional time is granted by the professor, the professor will form a contract with the student, specifying the assignments that need to be completed and their due date(s). If the required work is submitted as specified in the contract before the professor turns in grades (generally 10 days after the end of the course), the student will receive the grade earned through in-course work and work done during the extended time.In the event the student is sick or otherwise incapacitated during the time the professor is completing the grading process, the student may petition the professor for additional time — up to 42 days from the final day of the course — to submit late work. The faculty may also request documentation of the illness or other emergencies.

Students who do not meet the Online For-Credit Attendance, Participation and Expectations Policy stipulated above are likely to receive a No Credit for the course and are not eligible to apply for this petition. This petition cannot be used when the student would like to re-do work for a better grade. The petition is only to cover work that cannot be submitted on time by the end of the course due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances.

If the required work is submitted after the end of the grading period, but within 42 days of the end of the class, in keeping with the contract, the student’s grade will be amended by the professor from what it had been at the end of the grading period to what was earned by the end of the time agreed upon in the contract. After the 42 days from the end of the course, no grade can be altered in the Registrar’s database, except through written appeal to the Dean of Academic Programs.

To maintain satisfactory academic progress and eligibility to attend the University, students must meet three standards listed below. These standards are evaluated at the end of each semester. If a student is not meeting any one of these standards, the student is placed on “Academic Warning” for that standard for the following semester. A student not meeting that standard by the end of the “Academic Warning” semester will no longer be eligible to attend the University. Students on academic warning are not eligible for Rotating University courses, directed studies, or internships (except when required by the department for graduation).

Grade Point Average

Undergraduate students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Those whose average drops below 2.0 are placed on Academic Warning status and have one more semester to bring their average back to the minimum 2.0. At the end of the second semester, if the average is not at the required level, students will be allowed to petition for a probationary semester. Probation is not automatically granted. If the student does not petition, or the student’s petition for a probationary semester is denied, the student will be asked to leave the University, with return conditions determined by the program faculty on a case-by-case basis. Some departments also have additional GPA requirements.

Completion Rate

Undergraduate students must complete two-thirds of instructional credits attempted, within the current degree (excluding RC and REC courses, but including DC courses). Unattended courses are removed from the student’s record and are therefore excluded. Grades of “W,” “NC,” “NCR,” “NP,” “I,” and “AU” are counted as credits attempted but not completed. Transfer credits are not counted as attempted or completed.

Maximum Time Frame

Undergraduate students may attempt a maximum of 150% of the number of credits normally required to complete their program. For example, an undergraduate degree requires 128 credits so undergraduates may attempt a maximum of 192 credits to complete their program, including transfer credits, double majors, and switching majors. A student who has 174 credits is placed on “Warning” status the following semester.

To maintain satisfactory academic progress and eligibility to attend the university, graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA are put on warning. Additionally, failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA can result in dismissal from the University.
The Department of Student Life fosters student success by creating and promoting inclusive, educationally purposeful services within and beyond the classroom. Visit the Student Life department webpages for a complete list of their services.

At MIU Student success is our top priority! Below are some vital resources that can help to ensure your learning experience with us is a positive and fulfilling one.

  • Online Student Services Coordinator
    Contact: Megan Buford
  • Cinematic Arts and New Media Department
    Contact: Hemlata Cal-El
  • Academic Advising Cinematic Arts & New Media
    Contact: Amine Kouider
  • Online Student Services Coordinator
    Contact: Vanessa Haskins
  • Tutoring Services
    Contact: Paula Armstrong, Director of Academic Support
    Tel: (641) 470-1384

Students needing to withdraw from an online credit course must inform their instructor and the MIU Online department at of their intent to withdraw. Refunds for online degree-seeking withdrawals are on a per semester % attended basis. See Reductions in Charges and Financial AidStudents who have not applied to a degree program and are taking one course at a time will be charged a minimum 50% of the course fee, and after 25% of the course, there is no refund.

Online students who have not been enrolled for two semesters or longer must reapply and be accepted by the Office of Admissions before continuing their online studies.