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Enliven your innermost Self – pure consciousness – and connect this experience to ancient wisdom and modern science.

The BA in Consciousness & Human Potential (CHP) integrates personal experience, philosophy of mind, neuroscience, and ancient wisdom.

Our goal for every student is enlightenment — the systematic development of full potential from within. This is the key to true fulfillment in daily life and any career.

What you’ll study

  • The philosophy of Yoga, as explained by Maharishi in the Bhagavad Gita and by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and how it enhances your life
  • How to accelerate personal growth through the Transcendental Meditation® technique, yoga asanas, retreats, and other practical approaches
  • The latest scientific research on brain functioning and how meditation leads to clearer thinking
  • Strategies for social transformation leading to a more peaceful world
  • Examine modern perspectives on consciousness in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • CHP is also available as a specialization within the Bachelor’s of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Here are our courses ➤

student meditatingAs a student, you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique. This effortless, evidence-based technique has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve health, and help the brain to function optimally, enhancing clear thinking and heightening creativity.

Students majoring in CHP practice the TM technique daily to integrate the knowledge they’re studying with their direct experience, offering a practical understanding to the concepts they’re exploring in class.

Comments by alumni

Keil Dean

Keli Dean, Psychotherapist, class of 2014

Keil Dean

“This program helped prepare me to sit with others in psychotherapeutic work and have empathy and compassion for the human condition while staying attuned to my Self.”

Vinodthan Nayagar

Vinodthan Nayagar, Sr. Technical Account Manager, class of 2011

Vinodthan Nayagar

“My degree brings to light a clearer, more positive mindset at work. I’ve been able to make good decisions which have led to me being promoted multiple times.”

Lilith Shoemaker

Lilith Shoemaker, Public Relations Program Manager, class of 2016

Lilith Shoemaker

“It gave me an understanding of how best to put my passions to work for me. I’m more capable of understanding what it is I love to do, and not settling for a job that doesn’t fulfill me.”

Asher Fergusson

Asher Fergusson, CEO, AsherFergusson.com, Class of 2008

Asher Fergusson

“By using my Vedic understanding of consciousness I am able to turn abstract business ideas into actionable concrete realities that help me expand my business.”

Research Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition

Fred Travis mentoring studentDr. Fred Travis, Department Chair and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition is the author of over 80 published papers in:

  • Psychophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness
  • Investigation into the brain patterns of world-class performers
  • Effects of the Transcendental Meditation practice on child development
  • Effects of the Transcendental Meditation practice on promoting healthy aging

“As a CHP major, you will learn how EEG research can be used to test theoretical concepts and give insight into your own questions about the inner working of the brain while meditating, performing cognitive tasks, listening to sounds, etc.”

Featured faculty

Johan SvensonDr. Johan Svenson is Assistant Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science. He earned his PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi International University by exploring similarities between the experiences of practitioners of TM and the description of the universe in modern physics.

He has an MA in Education, a BS in Mathematics, and a BA in Maharishi Vedic Medicine from MIU. He has taught in the MVS, Mathematics, Physics, and Physiology and Health academic departments. He is a teacher of TM and enjoys both mountain climbing and surfing.

Featured classes

Inner State of Yoga for Fulfillment in Life

The course on Yoga philosophy explores the deepest understanding and experience of Yoga as the silent inner Self of each of us. It also considers different types of Yoga – such as Ashtanga Yoga, Karma Yoga, Gyana Yoga – in light of this understanding.


EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment

Learn to measure how meditation, juggling, and listening to music change your brain waves (EEG) and heart rate – then conduct your own study.

Dharma: Insights from Maharishi’s Commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā

The Bhagavad-Gītā, a dialogue in Sanskrit between Krishṇa and Arjuna on the battlefield, includes surprisingly current discussions about Dharma, devotion, Yoga, desire, Karma, happiness, Self, right action, and many other absorbing topics.

Personal Growth of Consciousness

This course works to unfold each student’s full potential through greater clarity of transcendence in meditation. Several practical approaches are applied including a retreat, healthy daily routine, yoga asanas, media dieting, and exercise techniques.

Cost & Aid, 2022-23

Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Cost Per Year$30,936

Full-time students may apply for up to $6,000 scholarship based on qualifying documented family income. Our undergraduate scholarship application form will be made available to you upon application to the university.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

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