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MA in Consciousness & Human Potential online or on-campus

Ancient and modern teachers looked within themselves to find answers to questions like: “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “How can I become more creative and develop my full potential?” “How am I connected to everything around me?” and “What is the nature of this reality in which we live?”

In this program, you’ll join the ranks of great thinkers to further humanity’s ever-evolving understanding of consciousness and human potential, and dive into a field of study that offers profound opportunities for self-discovery, transformation, and contributing to the greater good.


Investigate modern 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)


Develop your own consciousness

Watch the webinar about the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential, 10 minutes long

At the heart of success – in life, love, career, etc. – lies personal development: a journey of self-discovery, learning, and growth that empowers individuals to reach their fullest potential.

In this program, you’ll experience profound personal development and gain direct experience of your universal nature through practices such as the Transcendental Meditation® technique, Maharishi YogaSM asanas, reading Vedic literature in Sanskrit, and self-pulse reading. The deep inner experiences offered by these practices will give you a new perspective and framework for theoretical discussions of the full range of consciousness, and expand your potential for success after graduation.


Explore the connection between yourself and the world around you

During your studies, you’ll probe the furthest reaches of neuroscience, physics, and social sciences by examining:

  • ancient Vedic literature such as the Bhagavad Gita
  • the interaction between brain functioning and consciousnesss
  • parallels between the unified field of physics and the field of consciousness
  • the nature of collective consciousness

What careers does this degree prepare you for?

This program gives you a new perspective on life and serves as a strong foundation for any career that you may choose. It develops your consciousness, and prepares you to cope with stress more effectively. Graduates often say this degree is the basis of their personal and professional success.

There are also two career-oriented specializations you can take after the first year of core courses:

    This specialization prepares you to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in your Master’s program to teaching Yoga. You’ll be able to offer Yoga (practice and knowledge) in diverse settings such as yoga studios, wellness centers, and corporate environments. This Yoga specialization far surpasses the typical Yoga Teacher Training in the field with a robust 1000+ contact hours of training and practice.
    In this five-month in-residence program, you will explore deeper levels of your own consciousness, immerse yourself in the unfoldment of Maharishi’s knowledge over the decades, and master the procedure to teach the Transcendental Meditation technique. As a Certified TM Teacher, you have many options such as teaching as an independent contractor at a local TM center or with the David Lynch Foundation, which offers the TM technique to at-risk populations worldwide.

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 the program director or faculty.

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International applicants may connect with us through our international inquiry form.


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Study online or on-campus

The MA in Consciousness & Human Potential consists of a sequence of 11 courses for exploring your Self and enriching all aspects of your life.

To meet our students’ various needs, we offer this program in three formats:

  1. On-campus (10 months)
  2. Online (30 months)
  3. On-campus (30 months) — can include part-time university employment in academic or administrative areas if you qualify. For more details, contact your admissions counselor.

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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    In this course, you will examine major models of consciousness and human development that explain the transformations of your sense of self through the lifespan. This course allows you to locate your life experience in perspectives on social, mental and ego development and the experience of higher states of consciousness.
    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.

To graduate, students must also satisfy the general requirements for a master’s degree


Current class schedule for the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential

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.”

Featured faculty

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Tom Egenes

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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, 2024-25

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. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. 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 and Fees
Tuition and fees$6,990
Low interest federal loans$-6,990
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. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. 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)$1,992
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Estimated net price$29,422

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 and fees$3,495
Your Payment$3,495

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 admissionApply for admission
  • Completion of the MIU admissions process, including submitting official transcripts, a recommendation, all materials, and an 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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