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Study & research sustainable management

  • Learn to research, measure and communicate business sustainability outcomes
  • Grow holistically through daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique
  • Develop leadership skills to help move organizations and the business world toward sustainable practices

Meet our PhD students

Expertise in sustainable management

Are you ready to become a leader in the field of sustainable management? In MIU’s PhD in Management program, you’ll explore how organizations can profit while producing positive impacts for society and the environment, develop the skills that you need to succeed in sustainable business, and grow as a person through daily meditation practice.


Program structure

The PhD in Management has four phases:

  • Doctoral Course Work. Students take a program of courses that consists of a PhD Core of 6 courses covering consciousness-based managing for sustainability. There is also a required Research Methods Core of 4-5 courses, Professional Development seminars in teaching and writing, and a sequence of courses in the Science and Technology of Consciousness, which students learn to integrate with their academic studies in sustainable management. Classes are offered at a part-time pace, meaning 4 credit courses over a period of 2 months and 2 credit courses taught over 1 month.
  • Written Comprehensive and Oral Qualifying Exams. Students undertake a written comprehensive exam and a written and oral qualifying exam. When a student successfully completes the qualifying examination, the student is advanced to PhD candidate status. The core work and qualifying exams can be completed in the first two years of enrollment in the program.
  • Dissertation Proposal. When a dissertation proposal is accepted, the student is advanced to PhD researcher status.
  • Dissertation Research and Defense. The PhD researcher must write the dissertation research and successfully complete an oral defense of the dissertation.

Practical management for a changing world

This program prepares students to utilize high-level management knowledge and skills in their careers, but with an added “green” twist. Students will learn about organizational behavior and theory, implementing sustainability in business, multiple regression analysis, multivariate analysis, quantitative research design, and more. By bringing sustainable and traditional business methodologies together, students will be prepared to lead the businesses they work with into the future.

More about the program

Our PhD program prepares each student to conduct original and significant research through courses in management theory, sustainability, and research methods and statistics. Early on in the program, you’ll identify your own field of study in which to focus your research papers. Through your own work, you’ll be gathering new data and advancing academia in the ever-growing field of sustainable business.

In our block system, you’ll take only one course at a time, fully immersing yourself in that subject. This approach enables you to learn more with less stress, with deeper understanding and better retention of the course material.

You’ll also enjoy stronger connections with ​your professors and classmates—and you’ll never have to contend with a ​nerve-wracking ​finals week!

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Academia doesn’t have to be stressful — that’s why all MIU students, staff, and faculty practice the Transcendental Meditation technique twice a day.

This scientifically-validated technique has been shown to lower stress, enhance brain functioning, and support overall health. After regular meditation practice, our students often report feeling less stressed and more creative than ever.

A major emphasis of our PhD program is preparing graduate students to become teachers and leaders in business, academics, and beyond. You’ll be trained in principles and practices for successful writing and teaching, which can be applied in a variety of leadership, consulting and academic situations.

  • CSR and Financial Performance in China
  • The role of HRM in implementing sustainability
  • Conceptions of sustainability in Cameroon
  • Meditation and trust in supply chain relationships
  • Consciousness and Success
  • Brain integration and management integrity
  • Consumers and non-genetically modified food
  • Effects of green-certified building
  • Moral development of CPA’s
  • ISO-14001 Environmental Management System and corporate financial performance
  • Development economics based on natural law
  • Self development and leadership behaviors
  • The effects of the Transcendental Meditation on stress in managers
The online classes can be taking synchronously (in real-time), as well as, asynchronously. While we encourage our students to take classes synchronously we understand that sometimes a student may not be able to do so. In such a scenario, they can watch the class recordings at their convenience. In other words, the class sessions are recorded and can be watched by the students anytime.

FAQ

The online and on-campus PhD program are run simultaneously. Online students can interact with the professor and on-campus students when they attend the online classes live. Online students may attend the classes asynchronously if their time zone doesn’t allow live participation.
The schedule for the online and on-campus classes is the same and can be found here:
Link PhD Course Schedule
All classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am-12 noon.
Both on-campus and online classes are following the same schedule.
The online classes can be taking synchronously (in real-time), as well as, asynchronously. While we encourage our students to take classes synchronously we understand that sometimes a student may not be able to do so. In such a scenario, they can watch the class recordings at their convenience. In other words, the class sessions are recorded and can be watched by the students anytime.
The program cost for online students is the same as for on-campus students, except for the housing & meals and health insurance (internationals) expenses. Click here to see the full details of the PhD program costs.
Link PhD program costs. The same link provides information on financial aid.
You can opt to take the online PhD, then there is no campus time required. If you decide to sign up for the on campus PhD, you are required to attend classes on campus.
The required coursework for a Ph.D. takes two years, and defense of a thesis proposal, completion of thesis research and defense of the final thesis usually takes 12 to 18 months at a minimum. It is reasonable to expect to take four to five years to complete the Ph.D.

Featured faculty

Anil Maheshwari

Dr. Anil K. Maheshwari is a Professor of Management, and Director of Center for Data Analytics, at Maharishi International Management (MIU), in Fairfield, Iowa. He is interested in and has published over 25 research paper and book chapters in the fields of leadership, technology, and consciousness. His research has been published in Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, Creativity Research Journal, Humanistic Management Journal, Family Business Review, Journal of Development Research, and other scholarly journals (see research details below). He is active in the Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) division of the Academy of Management. He has also made over 30 presentations, at the Academy of Management (AOM), International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES), National Teachers Congress, International Yoga Day conference, and many other major conferences. He teaches courses in data analytics, strategic management, leadership, enterprise performance management, and more. He is the author of a dozen books on technology, management, and spirituality. His book Data Analytics Made Accessible is #1 global bestseller, and has been published by McGraw-Hill, and also translated into Chinese language. His co-authored book on Social Entrepreneurship will be published in 2022.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Anil Maheshwari.

Featured PhD student

Vikram GulatiVikram Gulati holds electrical engineering and MBA degrees and spent 30 years leading IT companies before joining MIU in 2019 to pursue his PhD in management.

About 16 years ago Vikram developed an interest in Vedic knowledge and began studying the Vedic literature. He became fascinated with the intersection of science and spirituality and the idea of consciousness being the central principle of existence.

In 2019 Vikram met a student of Maharishi and learned about the Transcendental Meditation® technique, the unified field theory, and MIU. He wanted to transition from the corporate world to academia and, after attending a Visitors Weekend, he enrolled at MIU. He completed his coursework online and recently moved to Fairfield with his wife.

“I realized that at MIU I can bring together the three things I love: teaching, using my management experience, and studying the Vedic tradition,” said Vikram.

Vikram found that the practice of the TM® technique has helped him in this major transition of his life and several other challenges he faced due to the pandemic. “All of these were stressful events, but I didn’t feel them as much,” he said.

For the past two and a half years Vikram has taught various management courses through MIU’s distance education programs in China, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

Earlier this year, Vikram was one of 20 PhD students in the world to receive a Fetzer Institute scholarship to attend the Academy of Management’s August virtual conference. He was also the only PhD student from MIU to be a panelist in three professional development workshops by the Management, Spirituality, and Religion interest group of the Academy.

Vikram is now researching his dissertation, which explores the ambidextrous mindset—the ability to incorporate the dualism of innovation and efficiency—as a leadership quality critical for organizational success. He postulates that the development of consciousness, through the practice of the TM technique, is the most efficient way of cultivating a mindset that can facilitate the coexistence of these opposing values.

Cost & Aid, 2021-22

US On-Campus PhD

PhD entry-level lasts one to two years. After passing comprehensive exams, the PhD Candidate may be eligible to apply for a teaching position that provides a waiver of tuition while working on the dissertation proposal. After the proposal is approved, the PhD Researcher with a teaching position would continue to have a waiver of tuition. The tuition listed here is for one academic year (two semesters) at the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$5,000
Additional Costs
Housing, meals, books, and personal expenses$14,000

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 PhD

IMPORTANT: PhD entry-level lasts one to two years. After passing comprehensive exams, the PhD Candidate may be eligible to apply for a teaching position that provides a waiver of tuition while working on the dissertation proposal. After the proposal is approved, the PhD Researcher with a teaching position would continue to have a waiver of tuition. The tuition listed here is for one academic year (two semesters) at the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$5,000
Additional Costs
Housing, meals, books, and personal expenses$14,000

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.

Internatonal On-Campus PhD

PhD entry level lasts one to two years. After passing comprehensive exams, the PhD Candidate may be eligible to apply for a teaching position that provides a waiver of tuition while working on the dissertation proposal. After the proposal is approved, the PhD Researcher with a teaching position would continue to have a waiver of tuition. The tuition listed here is for one academic year (two semesters) at the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$5,000
Additional Costs
Housing and Meals$7,400
Health Insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500

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

International Online PhD

-PhD entry-level lasts one to two years. After passing comprehensive exams, the PhD Candidate may be eligible to apply for a teaching position that provides a waiver of tuition while working on the dissertation proposal. After the proposal is approved, the PhD Researcher with a teaching position would continue to have a waiver of tuition. The tuition listed here is for one academic year (two semesters) at the current year rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$5,000

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

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