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  • Unfold your inner potential
  • Master practical procedures to transform your life
  • Examine modern perspectives on consciousness in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Help create coherence, harmony, and a more peaceful world
  • Available online and on-campus

Who am I, and how am I connected to everything around me?

students in classAncient teachers looked within themselves to find answers to answer questions like: “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “How can I become more creative and develop my full potential?”


Explore your inner consciousness as you investigate current and traditional perspectives on human potential

Watch the video of Dr. Fred Travis speaking on Maharishi Vedic ScienceLeading scientists suggest that consciousness is as fundamental to life as time and space. Vedic science describes consciousness as even more fundamental, existing in and by itself, independent of any personal owner. These perspectives on consciousness are integrated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Maharishi Vedic Science, which forms the basis for this program. (see video)


Probing your connection with the world

Student having brain functioning measured by EEGIn this program, you will probe the furthest reaches of neuroscience, physics, and social sciences by examining the interaction between brain functioning and consciousness, parallels between the unified field of physics and the field of consciousness, and the connection between individual and collective consciousness.


Profound personal development

StudentGain direct experience of your universal nature through procedures such as the Transcendental Meditation® technique, Maharishi YogaSM asanas, reading Vedic literature in Sanskrit, self-pulse reading—as part of a transformative daily routine. Deeper inner experiences give a new platform to understand theoretical discussions of the full range of consciousness.


What careers does this degree prepare me for?

Students working on project togetherThis program prepares you for a wide range of careers. It develops your consciousness, creativity, and intelligence. It also enhances your thinking and communication skills, improves learning ability, and prepares you to be adaptable and cope with stress more effectively. Graduates often say this degree is the basis of their personal and professional success.


On-campus or online?

Both tracks of the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential provide the same sequence of 11 courses for exploring your Self and enriching all aspects of your life.

The on-campus track is a 10-month immersion program. The online track extends over 32 months and enables you to enjoy the program’s benefits while holding other responsibilities.


Specializations

Students in the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential may add a specialization to their degree by completing additional coursework in one of the following areas:

Requires 18 credits of coursework in classes that were not taken for the MA in MVS or have been significantly reformulated with new books and materials since they were taken or MVS 520 Advanced Studies in Maharishi Vedic Science.
Requires 18 credits of graduate courses in Physiology and Health.

Requires 18 credits of coursework selected from the following:

  • MVS 525 Sanskrit and Maharishi Vedic Science
  • MVS 526 Sanskrit
  • MVS 527 Advanced Sanskrit
  • MVS 534 Readings in Vedic Literature
Requires MVS 490 Transcendental Meditation Technique Teacher Training
(Students who have successfully completed the TM Teacher Training course before they take the MA courses will automatically graduate with a specialization in TM Teacher Training)

Get started by contacting Jess

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 program faculty when you have questions. International students may connect with their admissions counselor through our contact form.

Jess Nohle, admissions counselor

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Graduates from the MA program say

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Johannes Schweigel

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PhD student
Graduated in 2020

“It's amazing how much growth I have experienced in just one year. I started out with an almost obsessive curiosity to understand everything. I am still curious but now I can dive deeply into knowledge without any sense of pressure. My physiology has relaxed and I simply enjoy life more and more with each day.”

Brock Bond

Brock Bond

Brock Bond

Baseball coach and TM teacher
Graduated in 2016

“I am really glad I did the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential. It is a unique degree which focuses on developing the student from a deeper level.”

Kathy Connor

Kathy Connor

Kathy Connor

Certified Teacher of the TM program
Graduated in 2018

“As the representative of this knowledge in my community of meditators, I feel I am more proficient and confident because of the MA degree program.”

Gaelen Armstrong

Gaelen Armstrong

Gaelen Armstrong

Metal artist
Graduated in 2013

“It fostered a personal growth that I value, and I think it's made me a better, more capable person.”

Doug Shannon

Doug Shannon

Doug Shannon

Entertainer and former College Communications Professor
Graduated in 2012

“This degree program was one of the best experiences of my life. I would do it again without question. It was extremely rewarding, and is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Margot Suettmann


Margot Suettmann

Margot Suettmann

PhD researcher
Graduated in 2013

“It gave me a new outlook and perspective in my research field.”

Courses may include:

In this course, students learn how the brain is designed to be a perfect reflector of total natural law. They see how consciousness structures the physiology and how the innumerable connections among the ten billion brain cells enable a person to live in higher states of consciousness. Students measure their own growth of consciousness as part of the course. (4 credits)
Science of Being and Art of Living was His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s videotapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation, how to contact and how to live Being, how live one’s full potential, in thought, speech, action, and relationships, and God realization. (2-4 credits)
This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. Prerequisite: MVS 509 (variable credits)
This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature.
(4 credits) Prerequisite: MVS 509
This course examines Maharishi’s lectures and writings in order to better understand the principles of Yoga philosophy as found in its source texts — principally the Bhagavad-Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Topics include: the difference between the “state of Yoga” and the “path of Yoga”; Yoga and the brain; Yoga and health; Yoga and the realization of full human potential; Yoga and dharma; misunderstandings about Yoga; the nature of Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga; Yoga and world peace; Yoga and TM-Sidhi practice; Yoga in human physiology. (4 credits)
In this course, students discover the fabrics of immortality in their own physiology. Topics include: the self-interacting dynamics of consciousness, the Constitution of the Universe, the forty aspects of the Veda and Vedic literature, Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhāshya, Ṛk Veda, and Vedic Devatā in the human physiology. (4 credits)
This course demonstrates how the historical development of unified quantum field theory has been intimately concerned with resolving the apparent opposition between observer and observed. In this context, the student can readily understand how Maharishi Vedic Science completes and enriches the most sophisticated discoveries of advanced physics. (4 credits)
This course investigates Maharishi’s description of higher states of consciousness that arise naturally and spontaneously through practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. Personal experience, scientific research, and the record of ancient Vedic texts are used to understand higher states of consciousness. (4 credits)
This course examines how any nation can create a problem-free, prevention-oriented government on a par with the government of nature. Topics will include: the structure and function of the total potential of Natural Law, and how Natural Law can be engaged to bring ideal government to every nation; the significance of collective consciousness and its effect on government; and scientific research on Vedic technologies that align individual and national consciousness with the infinite intelligence and creative power of nature’s government, which administers the universe with perfect order. (4 credits)
This course examines the role of science in the acquisition of knowledge. It considers the basic components of the scientific method, the fundamentals of logic and important issues in the philosophy of science including the strengths and limitations of both objectivity and subjectivity. This is then compared and contrasted with the integrative approach of Maharishi Vedic Science, which offers study and research in the field of pure consciousness, the ultimate reality of one’s own Self. (4 credits)
In this course, students review their growth and understanding of higher states of consciousness by writing an academic paper on the application of Transcendental meditation to a particular problem in society, such as those found in education, health, etc. In addition, students give written and oral feedback on their education experience in the MA program. (4 credits)
This course presents knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science, formulated by Maharishi and applied to all streams of knowledge by the University faculty and guest lecturers. The principles of this integrated structure of knowledge are shown to have application for every area of society, as documented by the scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. Options include Raam RajSM courses in Advanced Maharishi Vedic Science presenting the discovery of the link between the physical universe and consciousness in the expression of the Veda and Vedic Literature in Human Physiology. (4 credits. May be repeated for credit.)
In this course, students read the Vedic literature in the original Devanāgarī script. They keep a journal of their experiences while reading and after reading. This course includes the option for extended practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs (4 credits) (may be repeated for credit).
Students expand, express and apply their growing knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science by functioning as professional exponents of Consciousness-Based Education, the educational system based on Maharishi Vedic Science (may be repeated for credit). (4 credits/block. Can be repeated for credit)

One of the following:

In the Science of Creative Intelligence, students study the structure of the field of pure intelligence, from which all fields of knowledge arise. Only from this most fundamental level can knowledge be unified. This course examines how the creative intelligence displayed in every grain of creation arises in a systematic and sequential fashion from within that one basic universal field. Students also examine how one can access and use that universal field of intelligence to bring fulfillment to their own lives and to life on earth. In 1972, Maharishi laid out the main principles of this new science in a 33-lesson, videotaped course. He integrated the understanding of nature’s intelligence provided by modern science (through its objective approach) and by ancient Vedic Science (which utilizes both objective and subjective approaches to gaining knowledge). Students not yet instructed in the Transcendental Meditation program learn this simple, effortless technique as part of the SCI course. (4 credits)
This course explores the theoretical foundation for higher states of consciousness available through practice of the Transcendental Meditation program. Students study the full range of consciousness from individual experience to a fundamental field of intelligence that underlies all of life and how this is unfolded through Consciousness-Based education. (4 credits)

One of the following:

In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course covers all six chapters. (4 credits)
In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. (4 credits)
In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. (4 credits)

One of the following:

This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. Prerequisite: MVS 509 (4 credits)
This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. Prerequisite: MVS 509 (4 credits)

Current class schedule for the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

Featured faculty

Professor Thomas Egenes

Dr. Thomas Egenes is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia; an MA in Higher Education Administration from Maharishi International University; and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

 

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Cost & Aid, 2022-23

US On-Campus MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

This program is typically two semesters (one academic year).

One Academic Year Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees$16,530
Federal student loans-$16,530
Your payment$0

Federal student loans are also available for approximately $14,000 for housing, meals, books, and personal expenses.

Additional Financial Aid Information

Your FAFSA automatically qualifies you for the majority of federal student loans for this program. The remaining portion is composed of Federal Graduate PLUS loans that require “no adverse credit” or an endorser. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.

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 MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

The duration of this program is 3 years. There are two semesters per year. The tuition listed here is subject to changes in future years.

One Academic Year Tuition
Tuition$5,600
Low interest federal loans$-5,600
Your payment$0
Optional: additional low interest federal loans$10,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$10,000 per year in optional federal student loans are available toward living expenses.
Your FAFSA automatically qualifies you for the majority of federal student loans for this program. The remaining portion is composed of Federal Graduate PLUS loans which require “no adverse credit” or an endorser. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.

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.

International On-Campus MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

This program is typically two semesters (one academic year).


Annual Cost
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health Insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Estimated net price$30,936

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

International Online MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

The duration of this program is 3 years. There are two semesters per year. The tuition listed here is for one semester at the current year rate, subject to changes in future years.

Semester Cost
Tuition$2,800
Your Payment$2,800

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

Entrance Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field.
  • Apply for admission.
  • Completion of the MIU admissions process, including the submission of official transcripts, a recommendation, all materials listed above, and an admissions interview.
  • Essay

    Essay

    • Read the two sections (3 pages) in The Science of Being and Art of Living by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi What is Being? and Being is the Essential Constituent of Creation.  We recommend that applicants purchase the book, available in softcover at MIU Press and in ebook at Amazon, but you may also view and download the relevant pages.
    • In 700-800 words, respond to the following: “Discuss Maharishi’s description of the nature of Being as the essential constituent of creation.” This should be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 pt font.
    • Please email your essay directly to your admissions counselor.
  • English language verification

    International applicants must submit official English proficiency test scores within the past 2 years of at least 110 on Duolingo, 6.5 on IELTS Academic, 90 on TOEFL iBT or 58 on PTE.

  • All MIU students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. If you have not learned it yet:
    • Once accepted as a US student, the cost of TM instruction is covered through a grant offered by MIU
    • On-campus students are asked to learn the TM technique before arrival
    • Online students are required to learn the TM technique before starting the first class
    • Contact your admissions counselor for details
    • Find information on the TM technique or search for a TM teacher at TM.org

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