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Information for Enrolled Online Students

The following is the projected schedule for the Online MA in Consciousness and Human Potential in the 2020-21 school year and is subject to change.

Fall Semester 2020

STC 508 Science and Technology of Consciousness4Aug 17Oct 18
MVS 552
Enlightenment: States of Higher Development in Maharishi Vedic Science4Aug 17Oct 18
MVS 555
Collective Consciousness and Leadership4Aug 17Oct 18
(Part A)
Science of Being and Art of Living
(Thanksgiving Break Nov 23 - Nov 29)
3Oct 26Dec 20
(Part A)
Introduction to Sanskrit
(Thanksgiving Break Nov 23 - Nov 29)
3Oct 26Dec 20
MVS 544
(Part A)
Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science in Physics
(Thanksgiving Break Nov 23 - Nov 29)
3Oct 26Dec 20

Spring Semester 2021

MVS 516
(Part B)
Science of Being
1Jan 11Jan 24
MVS 525
(Part B)
Introduction to Sanskrit
1Jan 11Jan 24
MVS 544
(Part B)
Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science in Physics1Jan 11Jan 24
MVS 529
Yoga Philosophy in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science
(Spring Break Mar 22- Mar 28)
4Feb 1Apr 11
MVS 540
Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science
(Spring Break Mar 22- Mar 28)
4Feb 1Apr 11
MVS 504
Physiology, Consciousness and Veda4Apr 12Jun 13
MVS 585
4Apr12Jun 13

MVS 529 Yoga Philosophy in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science
Required Text: Maharishi’s Yoga: The Royal Path to Enlightenment, by William F Sands. Available at MIU Press

MVS 510 & 511 Bhagavad-Gītā
Required Text: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gītā: A New Translation and Commentary, Chap. 1—6
Available at MIU Press or Amazon

MVS 516 Science of Being
Science of Being and Art of Living. Available at MIU Press and available in Ebook

MVS 540 Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science
Maharishi Vedic University: Introduction. Available at Amazon

MVS 555 Engaging Nature’s Government
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (1995). Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Government: Automation in Administration. India: Age of Enlightenment Publications? Available at MIU Press

MVS 552 Higher States
The Supreme Awakening, by Craig Pearson, PhD Available at MIU Press

MVS 525 Sanskrit
Required: Learning the Sanskrit Alphabet
Recommended: Sanskrit Flashcards (Please purchase a set of Index Cards so you can make your own)
Optional: Sanskrit Alphabet Wall Poster
Poster and Workbook are available at MIU Press

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

Online students will be automatically withdrawn from a for-credit course if the student does not log on to the online course by Day 7 (11:59 pm Central time) after the course begin date that is published in the schedule. During the length of the course, a student must participate according to the course syllabus on a weekly basis. Students who fail to participate within a 14-day period will be automatically withdrawn.

Students who fail to maintain active participation in an online course as defined in the course syllabus will be withdrawn from the course unless their instructor has given prior approval and the instructor has notified the MIU Registrar and

Student attendance in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the course syllabus. Online courses have weekly mechanisms for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods: submission/completion of assignments, posting to discussion forums, and quizzes. Logging into Canvas, watching videos, chat in Slack, and email communication with faculty do not count as course participation.

If a student cannot meet the deadline for submission of academic work, then they must agree to a Late Work Contract in order to submit the work late.

Students may not hand in work after the last class session of a course unless they have made prior arrangements with the course instructor, and all students are given a grade at that time based on completed work, in-class performance, and work not yet completed. A zero (0) for the uncompleted work is figured into the interim grade. Students who are not able to complete all major assignments of a course, typically in the final week, due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances beyond their control, may petition the professor in writing before the end of the course to be granted more time. If the petition for additional time is granted by the professor, the professor will form a contract with the student, specifying the assignments that need to be completed and their due date(s). If the required work is submitted as specified in the contract before the professor turns in grades (generally 10 days after the end of the course), the student will receive the grade earned through in-course work and work done during the extended time.In the event the student is sick or otherwise incapacitated during the time the professor is completing the grading process, the student may petition the professor for additional time — up to 42 days from the final day of the course — to submit late work. The faculty may also request documentation of the illness or other emergencies.

Students who do not meet the Online For-Credit Attendance, Participation and Expectations Policy stipulated above are likely to receive a No Credit for the course and are not eligible to apply for this petition. This petition cannot 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 by the end of the course due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances.

If the required work is submitted after the end of the grading period, but within 42 days of the end of the class, in keeping with the contract, the student’s grade will be amended by the professor from what it had been at the end of the grading period to what was earned by the end of the time agreed upon in the contract. After the 42 days from the end of the course, no grade can be altered in the Registrar’s database, except through written appeal to the Dean of Academic Programs.

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).

Grade Point Average

Undergraduate students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Those whose average drops below 2.0 are placed on Academic Warning status and have one more semester to bring their average back to the minimum 2.0. At the end of the second semester, if the average is not at the required level, students will be allowed to petition for a probationary semester. Probation is not automatically granted. If the student does not petition, or the student’s petition for a probationary semester is denied, the student will be asked to leave the University, with return conditions determined by the program faculty on a case-by-case basis. Some departments also have additional GPA requirements.

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,” “NC,” “NCR,” “NP,” “I,” and “AU” are counted as credits attempted but not completed. Transfer credits are not counted as attempted or completed.

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 Cinematic Arts & New Media
    Contact: Amine Kouider
  • Online Student Services Coordinator
    Contact: Vanessa Haskins
  • 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 at of their intent to withdraw. Refunds for online degree-seeking withdrawals are on a per semester % attended basis. See Reductions in Charges and Financial AidStudents who have not applied to a degree program and are taking one course at a time will be charged a minimum 50% of the course fee, and after 25% of the course, there is no refund.

Online students who have not been enrolled for two semesters or longer must reapply and be accepted by the Office of Admissions before continuing their online studies.