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Experience the deepest values of an MIU education — and graduate in as little as two semesters
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Apply for Feb 2021 entryIn this interdisciplinary degree program designed for transfer students, ​you'll discover how ​everything you study ​connect​s​ at the deepest level in a meaningful way to your own life​.

  • Gain the practical skills valued most by employers
  • Join a supportive community of students and faculty
  • Discover how ​everything you study ​connect​s​ to your inner self
  • Available online and on-campus

Optional specializations available in the following:

A degree grounded in consciousness

Through the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences, you’ll gain a deep understanding of consciousness—through knowledge and experience—and how it enhances and connects different academic disciplines.

Self-exploration is at the heart of the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences. You’ll take courses available only at MIU including “Transcendental Meditation” and “Physiology is Consciousness.” You’ll also have a selection of special elective courses in the humanities, social sciences, and business.

At MIU, self-discovery is not just an intellectual process. It’s the deep, direct experience of your own innermost nature and the underlying reality of life.

Making it easy for transfer students

If you transfer in our maximum of 90 credits, this degree will only require you to earn 43 additional credits, which can be completed in two semesters. For students coming in with 60 credits, the degree can be completed within four semesters.

Transfer students can inquire with their admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.

Dive within and find yourself

As a student at MIU, you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique that promotes inner peace and wellness, enhances clear thinking, and boosts creativity.

Mutually-supportive culture

MIU brings together an incredibly diverse mix of cultures, experiences, and fascinating people.

In pursuing this program, you’ll see that our close-knit community of students and faculty will inspire and support you the whole way through.

Featured classes


The Transcendental Meditation Program


You’ll start you journey as an MIU student by learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple, natural, effortless procedure. This course includes personal instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique as well as follow-up sessions with a certified teacher.


The Science and Technology of Consciousness


This course will introduce you to our unique system of Consciousness-Based education. You’ll learn Transcendental Meditation, discover what we mean when we talk about “consciousness,” and participate in a 3-4 day base camp focused on team building and leadership skills.


Foundations of Physics and Consciousness


You’ll learn to see the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and yourself. This class explores classical and quantum physics, the mechanics of unification and symmetry, unified quantum field theories, superstring theory, and much more.


Senior Project


You’ll tie everything you’ve studied together into a research paper, report, or multimedia project that interprets a current issue or problem in the light of what you’ve learned. You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to choose, create, and refine your project in a one-month, full-time effort.

Physiology is Consciousness
In this course, you’ll examine how the brain constructs reality at every moment and how Transcendental Meditation can awaken your creative potential. This course includes public speaking presentations on course topics.

Quantitative Reasoning
You’ll learn how to assess numerical data to arrive at your own conclusion, as well as develop the skills you need to present this information to others. Topics include estimation, units and conversion, basic geometric concepts, ratios and percentages, and more. Note: If you meet all other degree requirements, this requirement may be waived.

College Composition 2
This class will teach you to use language effectively for many purposes, subjects, and audiences. You’ll focus on both exposition and persuasion, reading and discussing a range of prose models that reflect the diversity of thinking and writing across various disciplines. Note: If you have COMP II already, then you may waive this class and take any other critical thinking course.

Higher States of Consciousness
This course explores higher states of human consciousness as described by Maharishi and as experienced by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life.

Health-Related Fitness
You’ll learn how to structure a daily routine that promotes lifelong health. You’ll learn about sleep, diet, exercise, activity, recreation, and how all can be balanced to create a healthy lifestyle. Note: If you meet all other degree requirements, this requirement may be waived.

14 additional upper division course credits from two separate degree programs.

“I feel MIU is REALLY constructed for the students and their personal development—physical, mental, spiritual, and intellectual. I feel I have a great opportunity here to develop and grow on all levels of my being because of the supportive environment.”

— Nina Ziv

Sustainable & Regenerative Living Major


No. However, before you enroll you’ll need to learn the TM technique since it is a key element of Consciousness-Based education. This instruction will be in-person with a certified TM teacher near you (or on our Fairfield, IA campus).
  • Before your first class

    All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:

    • MIU has a special TM course fee of $190 for students.
    • Learn the TM® technique before beginning class at MIU.
    • Contact your admissions counselor for details.
    • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at
  • Most on-campus students are encouraged to learn TM before arrival on campus but have the option to learn upon arrival. Ask your admissions counselor for details.
You can complete our program in one year if you have 90 credits.

Students with 60 or more transferable academic credits can finish their bachelor’s degree online in two years or less. Students with fewer than 60 credits will need more time.

Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover electives, some general education requirements, and up to half the course work in the major, for a maximum of 90 total credits. General transfer credits are accepted for courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher. The academic department of your major sets the policies for major transfer credits, and this varies by major. The Office of Admissions only evaluates for general transfer credits; you will be connected with a separate academic advisor to evaluate for major transfer credits/waivers.

You should plan to spend 12-14 hours per week for a 4-credit on each course. If you are taking two courses at a time, you should plan to spend 24-28 hours per week reading, creating assignments, writing discussion forum posts, and studying course materials.

There are two semester terms, plus a January term and a summer term, in the academic school year.

  • Online students: 4-credit courses are eight weeks long and 2-credit course are four weeks long.
  • On-campus students: 4-credit courses are 4 weeks long and 2-credit course are 2 weeks long.
  • Online students: You can take one or two courses at a time. Choose the pace that is best for you. Full-time students take 12 credits or more per semester, and Three-quarters time students take 9-11 credits per semester
  • On-campus students: Full-time only, 12 credits or more per semester
Yes, financial aid is available to eligible degree-seeking students. See Cost & Aid for tuition and an estimate of your financial aid. Also, feel free to contact our financial aid office at or (641) 472-1156.

Graduates should be able to…

  • display improvements in perception, thinking, feeling, and overall growth of consciousness (development of consciousness
  • display a healthy and optimal quality of life that allows them to get through their daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress (health)
  • apply unifying principles within and across disciplines to synthesize ideas, integrate divergent perspectives, and understand what they have learned in light of their own consciousness (holistic thinking)
  • evaluate confidence in a thesis or judgment on the basis of logic, reliable evidence, ethical values, and openness to alternative assumptions and points of view (critical thinking)
  • respond to and express ideas, feelings, and information in speech, text, and other media (communication)
  • act from a global perspective to effectively address local economic, cultural, social, and environmental challenges (local and global citizenship)

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