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America’s only degree program in Sustainable & Regenerative Living

  • Experience the deepest values of an MIU education – and graduate in just a few semesters with the skills to become a leader in the sustainability movement
  • Join a supportive community of like-minded students
  • Transform yourself and your world – be a catalyst for positive change
  • Federal aid typically covers all costs*

    *Federal grants and loans available to most US citizens and permanent residents

What is Regenerative Living?

Sustainable & Regenerative Living means moving beyond doing less harm and being less bad to co-creating environments in which all life can thrive.


What you’ll learn

You’ll study sustainable energy, renewable agriculture, sustainable architecture, community development, and more, learning to live life in a way that replenishes the health of our planet, the individual, and society.


Courses may include:

If one wants to change the world, what better way than to start with oneself? This is the simple premise of the course. It is part study and part personal challenge. The study part involves fourteen well-being strategies that have been shown through research to promote health. The personal challenge comes when students choose three challenges from among the fourteen to apply to their own lives in two 20-day challenges. Each student, with the support of the class, monitors, and reports on their own personal change in a report shared with their classmates. In the process, students learn about physical health, mental health (in terms of positive psychology), and Maharishi Vedic Science, a framework for understanding spiritual development. Students learn to manage their own health and to help others do the same. (4 credits)
Cities are the biggest things that humans build. The car-centered urban, suburban, and rural patterns of human settlement that have developed in North America are a byproduct of the era of cheap fossil fuels, and wasteful of resources and human energy. This course will explore the emerging principles of sustainable and regenerative city design. Topics will include historic perspectives, the ecocity movement, the effect of density on sustainability, land use and zoning for sustainability, new urbanism, urban agriculture, and more. (4 credits)
Climate change is a global problem we all must face, but it impacts our daily lives differently depending on where and how we live. This course will explore the relationship between climate change and social and environmental justice. In order to create a more sustainable and regenerative world, we must understand existing inequalities and create novel and effective responses to them, while avoiding the thinking that led us to our present social and environmental crisis. Above all, our responses to climate change and social/environmental justice must be holistic, encompassing a wide range of viewpoints, value-priorities, and methods. (4 Credits )
How can we understand large, multi-disciplinary problems like climate change, food insecurity, and income inequality? By applying interdisciplinary, systems-based, integrative thinking — or holistic thinking. This is the starting point of this course. Using familiar and simple, and then unfamiliar and more complex, systems we learn to see many of the interacting components that give rise to the behaviors we observe in our daily life. To “systems thinking” we then add Consciousness-Based principles and perspectives that help us see all the parts of a domain in their relation to the whole and to consciousness. Both the systems perspective and the Consciousness-Based perspective enable us to see the whole picture and thereby choose effective strategies for solving problems. In 2022 the complex problem we will address is climate change, and the course concludes with each student thinking through what they can do to address this complex problem. Prerequisite: 40+ undergraduate credits (4 credits)
This course explains the fundamentals of energy storage, conversion, inversion, and distribution by exploring EV energy systems. Topics include: 1) Fundamentals of energy storage and conversion such as electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and regeneration through braking; and 2) Conversion techniques: Electromagnetism and magnetic circuits, introduction to AC circuits, inductance, capacitance, inductive and capacitive reactance, DC generators, and motors, synchronous and induction machines. The course project involves practice in electrical storage dynamics through examination of an actual EV drive train, to understand its functionality, safety standards, and the diagnosis of problems. Course fee: $50 Prerequisite: RL E101 or consent of instructor (4 credits)
This course explores the role energy plays in sustainability and in the development of complexity and order in nature and in the human economy. Anything of economic value comes from nature or from humans, and both require energy. Therefore, energy is critical to the economy. Energy inevitably loses usefulness as it flows through human-made and natural systems. Sustainability is about regeneration and renewal of opportunity for future generations. Therefore, renewable sources of energy are essential for sustainability. Students will learn basic energy concepts and their application to sustainability and renewable energy systems. The course will include lectures, readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on work. (4 credits)
The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of the origins and evolution of buildings and issues of sustainability in the built environment. Buildings consume over 40% of the energy we use. They are often made from toxic materials and materials that are difficult to recycle. Few buildings are designed to optimize the use of the energy and resources freely given to us by Nature. What is needed is a radical redesign of the way we think about, build and use buildings. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes. By the end of the course students will be able to: 1) Think holistically about the relationship between climate, culture, and available building materials in a variety of global settings; 2) Understand and be conversant in the basic concepts and language of building design and construction; and 3) Translate into real-world projects various team design skills gained during the course. (4 credits)
The term “food system” describes all the components necessary to feed a population – growing, harvesting, processing, access, distributing, consuming, and disposing. It includes a complex set of interactions to get our food from field to plate. In order to create a more sustainable and regenerative world, we must understand the existing systems we are a part of and what research and actions are underway that are already changing the status quo. (4 Credits)

Degree requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences with a Specialization in Sustainable & Regenerative Living, students must complete the 32 additional credits of Sustainable & Regenerative Living courses, plus the required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences.


Making it easy for transfer students

If you transfer in our maximum of 90 credits, this degree will only require you to earn 65 additional credits, which can be completed in three 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, improves learning ability, and boosts creativity.


Featured faculty

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson began his teaching career as an instructor in a homeschooling program in which he and his co-teachers developed novel learning methods in a supportive community-based educational environment. He served for several years as MIU’s Sustainability Coordinator, developing and implementing energy efficiency measures and other best practices.

Mark is dedicated to promoting progressive pedagogy to create and promote more meaningful and transformative student learning experiences. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from the Global Center for Advanced Studies in Dublin, Ireland.

Cost & aid for online undergraduates, 2021-22

Tuition is based on the total number of credits per semester – two semesters per year. Typically, enrollment is two courses at a time, 17 credits (full-time) or one course at a time, 9 credits (3/4 time)

US Online Undergraduate, ¾ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$4,800
Federal grants (maximum)-$2,550
Net program cost per semester$2,250
Federal student loan-$2,550
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

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. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. 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 finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

US Online Undergraduate, ½ time

The example below can vary by FAFSA analysis of independent student finances or dependent family finances.

Semester Cost of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition$2,700
Federal grants (maximum)-$1,700
Net program cost per semester$1,000
Federal student loan-$1,000
Your payment$0

Additional Financial Aid Information

Federal grants are available for full-time and part-time students. The grants vary depending on income level as determined by the FAFSA, and by credit load per semester. Students in higher-income categories may not qualify for federal grants.
Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
Part-time online students benefit from a proportionately lower tuition than the full-time rate. For example, a half-time student’s tuition is less than half the full-time tuition. Because these discounts are included in the part-time tuition, an additional MIU scholarship isn’t available for part-time students.
Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

  • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
  • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
  • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
  • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
  • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
  • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

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. MIU is a Yellow Ribbon school. 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 finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

US Online Undergraudate, Summer (4 credits)

Not eligible for federal student loans

Summer Cost of Attendance
Tuition$2,000
Federal grants (maximum)-$850
Net program cost for the summer$1,150
Federal student loans (not available)0
Your payment$1,150

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

International On-Campus Undergraduate

Annual Cost of Attendance and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health insurance (estimate)$2,940
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Cost Per Year$30,370
Scholarship (maximum)-$6,000

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, please email intadmis@mum.edu or call Admissions at (641) 472 1110.

International Online Undergraduate

Typically, online enrollment is two courses at a time (17 credits) or one course at a time (9 credits), per semester (two semesters per year).

Tuition per Semester
Fulll-time (12 or more credits)$8,000
¾ time (9-11 credits)$4,800
½ time (6-8 credits)$2,700
Less than 6 credits$500 per credit

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, please email intadmis@mum.edu or call Admissions at (641) 472 1110.

(R)evolution webinar series

Deep conversations with leaders regenerating the world

In these twice-monthly conversations, we speak with some of the leading figures in creating a healthy, safe, thriving, and socially just world. We learn about their work, and we ask them: What needs to change, at the deepest level, to bring about the transformations we need?

Speakers have included:

  • Dr. Rattan Lal — the first researcher to demonstrate that regenerative agriculture can address the climate crisis and other major global challenges; winner of the 2020 World Food Prize Watch ➡︎
  • Allan Savory — one of the founders of the Savory Institute and developer of the Holistic Management framework to address the cause of global desertification and climate change Watch ➡︎
  • Dr. Roland Bunch — one of the most well-respected leaders in regenerative land management Watch ➡︎
  • Dr. Tim LaSalle — past CEO of the Rodale Institute and a global champion of regenerative agriculture. Watch ➡︎

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