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Everyone is a leader

Everyone is a leader. Including you.

You may not have a formal title. You may not oversee a group of people in an organization.

But you’re a leader in the example you set and in the responsibility you take. You lead in the way you influence others and how you make a difference in others’ lives. You lead as a friend, as a parent, as a member of a team. Throughout the day, in ways you may not even realize, you lead.

Everyone is a leader, and everyone has the potential to become a more effective leader.

A new approach to leadership

Judging by the challenges we confront today – challenges no previous generation of human beings has ever faced – we can say that something has been missing in education and in leadership training.

At MIU, we understand that change begins within – that we must be the change we want to see in the world. This is the element that’s been missing.

Our Enlightened Leadership program will train you in the best practices of leadership — communication skills, management and organizational skills, and more.

But more than that, the program gives you a way to become a continuously better version of yourself day by day – a way to grow your inner creative potentials. A way to become an increasingly effective leader. The chief way of doing this is through Transcendental Meditation practice.

This is what we mean by enlightened leadership. Growing in enlightenment means growing from within — in health and vitality, in creativity and intelligence, in happiness and compassion. It means growing in balance and harmony — with yourself, with others, with the universe.

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Jess Nohle, admissions counselorJess Nohle is this program’s admissions counselor for US students. Jess will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with the program director or faculty.

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International applicants may connect with us through our international inquiry form.

Connect with people from around the world who wish to change the world

The students we attract are highly diverse, but they have two things in common – they want to transform themselves, and they want to transform the world.

If those are the sorts of people you want to live and learn and work with, you’ll meet many of them here.

Featured Classes


Models of Development: Frontiers of Human Potential


How do human beings develop? What are the farthest reaches of human growth? To be most effective as a leader, you need to know what people are capable of and what their potentials are. In this course, we explore the leading models of human development, including Maharishi’s. We learn that there are possibilities for development that far exceed what is commonly understood and taught.

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Social Transformation and World Peace

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Our world is changing more rapidly than ever, often seeming more chaotic and divided than ever.

Almost everyone agrees that we need change. But why are opinions so divided about how? When change is so urgent, why is there so much resistance?

In this course, we explore how Maharishi applied the ancient knowledge of Yoga technologies to create modern solutions for creating social harmony and a foundation for progress.

We look at the relationship between inner peace and world peace and the extensive research on how practice of Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness has created dramatic changes in society and improved people’s quality of life.


Cross-Cultural Communication and Leadership


Our world is becoming increasingly globalized. Improved communication and transportation technologies are increasingly bringing people of diverse backgrounds together — representing different languages, different cultures and different religions, different customs.

More than ever, it’s imperative that leaders understand the different cultures that shape our world.

In this course, we learn frameworks for classifying cultures and understanding cultural norms and traditions. We learn through case studies, workshops, and presentations.

With this course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and new patterns of behavior you need to be an effective cross-cultural communicator.


Management and Organization


Leaders need to understand the principles of human behavior at the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels. In this course, we explore the dynamics of individual and group achievement through the lenses of both skills and theory. You’ll learn principles of leadership, general management, delegation and coordination, planning and problem solving, organizational structure, and organizational change.

Courses may include:

Four courses (16 credits) from:

  • MVS 227 Personal Growth of Consciousness
  • MVS 241 Models of Development: Frontiers of Human Potential
  • MVS 309 Social Transformation and World Peace
  • MVS 370 Maharishi Yoga: Theory and Practice
  • MVS 210 Veda: Fabric of Consciousness

Three courses (12 credits) from:

  • MGT 405 Cross-Cultural Communication and Leadership
  • MGT 444 Mediation and Negotiation
  • CANM 251 The Power of Social Media Marketing
  • MGT 201 Business Communication Skills

Three courses (12 credits) from:

  • MGT 206 Maharishi’s Principles of Leadership – Gita and Ramayana
  • MGT 482 Management and Organization
  • MGT 378 Marketing
  • MGT 356 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • MVS 420 Enlightened Leadership Final Project:

Students in the Enlightened Leadership major who wish to take additional courses related to leadership are encouraged to select from the lists above or from the following:

  • PH 260 Maharishi Self-Pulse Reading
  • PH 262 Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition
  • PH 263 Maharishi Yoga Asanas
  • CANM 270 Digital Photography: Unlocking the Power of Light
  • CANM 300 Art of Story: Unifying and Unfolding the Full Range of Human
  • CANM 240 Global Solutions: Addressing the Global Challenges of Our Time
  • CANM 230 Podcast: A World of Sound
  • MVS 441 Transcendental Meditation Program Lecture Training
  • MVS 442 Transcendental Meditation Program Checker Training

To graduate, students must also satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree

Cost & Aid, 2024-25

    US On-Campus Undergraduate

    This estimate is based on one year for a typical on-campus Federal Pell Grant recipient (represents 80% of our onsite undergraduates). File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contact our financial aid office for questions on variables.

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,530
    Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
    Grants and Scholarship (typical)-$14,400
    Net cost per year$9,530
    Federal student loans-$9,530
    Your payment$0

    Additional Financial Aid Information

      $2,400 Federal Work Study is available toward your estimated $4,800 out of pocket costs.
      Scholarship from MIU described above consists of the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Education Grant and is based on (1) full-time enrollment and (2) financial need based on expected FAFSA outcome.
      Repayment begins after your enrollment ends. Unique repayment plans are available such as income-based, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and deferments based on low income or unemployment.

      There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
      Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

    Loan Repayment Options

      Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
      Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
      Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
      Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

    Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

    International On-Campus Undergraduate

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,530
    Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
    Health insurance (estimate)$1,992
    Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
    Cost Per Year$29,422

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