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Information for Enrolled Students

The following is the 2020-21 projected schedule for students entering the On-campus MA in Consciousness and Human Potential in August 2020, and is subject to change.

NumberCourse TitleCreditsStartEnd
MVS 500Science of Creative intelligence4Aug 17Sep 10
MVS 516Science of Being and Art of Living2Sep 14Sep 24
MVS 525Sanskrit: The Language of Nature4Sep 28Oct 22
MVS 529Philosophy of Yoga4Oct 26Nov 19
MVS 509
Philosophy of Action
(Thanksgiving Vacation Nov 25- Nov 29)
4Nov 23Dec 19
MVS 544Maharishi Vedic Science and Physics4Jan 11Feb 4
MVS 540Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science:
The Self-Referral Dynamics of Consciousness
2Feb 8Feb 19
MVS 555Collective Consciousness and Leadership4Feb 22Mar 18
MVS 570TM Lecture Training and Checker Training
(For students preparing for TM teacher training)
4Mar 22Apr 15
MVS 480Topics in Maharishi Vedic Science: Philosophy of Science
(Also offered for other students)
4Mar 22Apr 15
MVS 570TM Lecture Training and Checker Training
(For students preparing for TM teacher training)
4Apr 19May 13
MVS 581Applied Research: EEG, Brain and Enlightenment
(Also offered for other students)
4Apr 19May 13
MVS 585Capstone: Celebrating Perfection in Education4May 17Jun 10

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

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
MVS 525
(Part B)
Introduction to Sanskrit
1Jan 11Jan 24
MVS 544
(Part B)
Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science in Physics1Jan 11Jan 24
STC 508
Science and Technology of Consciousness4Feb 8Apr 11
MVS 540
Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science
(Spring Break Mar 22- Mar 28)
4Feb 1Apr 11
MVS 525
Introduction to Sanskrit4Apr 12Jun 13
MVS 504
Physiology, Consciousness and Veda4Apr 12Jun 13
MVS 585
Capstone4Apr 12Jun 13

Other information for online students

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

Initial Participation in a Course
Online students will be automatically withdrawn from a for-credit course if the student does not participate in at least one academic assignment of the course (e.g quiz, forum posting, essay, or other activity specified in the course syllabus) by Day 7 (11:59 pm Central time) after the course-begin date that is published in the Schedule of Courses or the MIU Academic Calendar.

The 14-Day Rule
During the length of the course, a student must participate according to the course syllabus on a weekly basis. Students who do not participate (for example, by submitting a quiz, test, forum posting, written assignment, or substantive question to the instructor) within any 14-day period will be automatically withdrawn from the course.

Since February 22, 2016, Maharishi International University has not given a grade of Incomplete. Instead, students who are not able to complete the final work of a course, typically in the final week, due to illness or family emergency or other compelling circumstances beyond their control, may petition the professor in writing to grant more time. If the petition for additional time is granted by the professor, the professor and student will form and sign a Late Work Contract, including the specific assignments that need to be completed and their due date(s).

Students may not hand in work after the last class session of a course unless they have made prior arrangements with the course instructor. All students are given a grade at the end of the course based on 1) completed work, 2) in-class performance, and 3) work not yet completed.

Categories of late work contracts

Standard Late Work Contract
The student and professor agree that the incomplete work is to be completed within 10 days of the end of the course. Most incomplete work should be made up during the weekend after the final day of a course.

Extended Late Work Contract
In the event the student was sick or otherwise incapacitated for this final weekend, the student has up to 42 days from the end of the course to submit work—except when the course ends at the end of the semester, in which case the final grade must be submitted 2 weeks after the last day of the course. The faculty may also request documentation of the illness or other emergency.

This petition should not be used generally in the case of students who do not meet the Course Participation Policy for Distance Education Students. These students should be given an NW, W, or WH depending on the circumstances. Nor should it 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 due to illness, family emergency, or other compelling circumstances.

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).

Standard #1
Grade Point Average Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), and graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Repeated courses use only the higher grade. Transfer credits earned at other institutions are excluded from the GPA calculation. Students who fall below the designated level are put on warning for the next semester.

Standard #2
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,” “WH,” “NC,” “NW,” “NP,” and “AU” are counted as credits attempted but not completed. Transfer credits are not counted as attempted or completed.

Standard #3
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
    Contact: Amine Kouider
  • Online Student Success Center
    Contact: Vanessa Haskins, Supervisor
  • 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 of their intent to withdraw. Refunds for online degree-seeking withdrawals are on a per semester % attended basis. See Reductions in Charges and Financial Aid.

Online students who have been withdrawn must reapply and be accepted by the Office of Admissions at before continuing their online studies.