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Information for Enrolled Online Students

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
CANM 251Power of Social Media Marketing (Khare)4Feb 22Apr 22
RL-S251Global Solutions I : Addressing the Global Challenges of Our Time (Tanner)4Feb 22Apr 22
RL-S300Thinking it Through: Using Holistic Thinking to Understand and Address Complex Problems (Jones)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 265RecommendedPrinciples of Anatomy and Physiology, 16th Ed978-1119662792
BIO 266RequiredVisualizing Human Biology, 5th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-1119398264
BIO 266RecommendedAtlas of Human Anatomy, 7th Edition (Kindle format recommended)978-0323393225
BIO 266RecommendedPrinciples of Anatomy and Physiology, 16th Ed978-1119662792
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 372RequiredMaharishi's Yoga: The Royal Path to Enlightenment978-0923569488
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 Mathematics, 1st edition978-1939512109
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
PH263RequiredThe Supreme Awakening978-0923569525
PH263RequiredMaharishi's Yoga: The Royal Path to Enlightenment978-0923569488
PH263RequiredMaharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita978-0140192476
PH263RecommendedThe Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys Vol I978-1607432388
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-S300RequiredIntroduction to Modern Climate Change, 2nd Ed.978-1107480674
RL-S300RequiredThinking in Systems978-1603580557
RL-S320Materials provided in course
RL-W200RecommendedPositive Psychology: The Science of Well Being.978-1473902152
RL—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

Initial Participation in a Course
Online students will be automatically withdrawn from a for-credit course if the student does not participate in at least one academic assignment of the course (e.g quiz, forum posting, essay, or other activity specified in the course syllabus) by Day 7 (11:59 pm Central time) after the course-begin date that is published in the Schedule of Courses or the MIU Academic Calendar.

The 14-Day Rule
During the length of the course, a student must participate according to the course syllabus on a weekly basis. Students who do not participate (for example, by submitting a quiz, test, forum posting, written assignment, or substantive question to the instructor) within any 14-day period will be automatically withdrawn from the course.

Since February 22, 2016, Maharishi International University has not given a grade of Incomplete. Instead, students who are not able to complete the final work of a course, typically in the final week, due to illness or family emergency or other compelling circumstances beyond their control, may petition the professor in writing to grant more time. If the petition for additional time is granted by the professor, the professor and student will form and sign a Late Work Contract, including the specific assignments that need to be completed and their due date(s).

Students may not hand in work after the last class session of a course unless they have made prior arrangements with the course instructor. All students are given a grade at the end of the course based on 1) completed work, 2) in-class performance, and 3) work not yet completed.

Categories of late work contracts

Standard Late Work Contract
The student and professor agree that the incomplete work is to be completed within 10 days of the end of the course. Most incomplete work should be made up during the weekend after the final day of a course.

Extended Late Work Contract
In the event the student was sick or otherwise incapacitated for this final weekend, the student has up to 42 days from the end of the course to submit work—except when the course ends at the end of the semester, in which case the final grade must be submitted 2 weeks after the last day of the course. The faculty may also request documentation of the illness or other emergency.

This petition should not be used generally in the case of students who do not meet the Course Participation Policy for Distance Education Students. These students should be given an NW, W, or WH depending on the circumstances. Nor should it 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 due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances.

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).

Standard #1
Grade Point Average Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), and graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Repeated courses use only the higher grade. Transfer credits earned at other institutions are excluded from the GPA calculation. Students who fall below the designated level are put on warning for the next semester.

Standard #2
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,” “WH,” “NC,” “NW,” “NP,” and “AU” are counted as credits attempted but not completed. Transfer credits are not counted as attempted or completed.

Standard #3
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
    Contact: Amine Kouider
  • Online Student Success Center
    Contact: Vanessa Haskins, Supervisor
  • 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 of their intent to withdraw. Refunds for online degree-seeking withdrawals are on a per semester % attended basis. See Reductions in Charges and Financial Aid.

Online students who have been withdrawn must reapply and be accepted by the Office of Admissions at before continuing their online studies.