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Choose from one of several tracks to research Maharishi Vedic Science at a deep level and become an expert in the field.

You can begin the doctoral program, the highest level of academic study of Maharishi Vedic Science, after completion of the MA in Consciousness & Human Potential.

What you’ll learn

  • The foundational principles of Maharishi Vedic Science, including Maharishi’s most recent publications
  • Sanskrit and reading Vedic Literature
  • Scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation® program
  • Scientific methodology
  • The discovery of Veda in the human physiology
  • More about the courses ➤

Develop core research skills

While expanding your knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science and the nature of consciousness you will hone your understanding of scientific principles, methods, and applications. You will also integrate and utilize communication skills that allow you to share your research findings with fellow researchers and scholars.


Knowledge for global change

One of the goals of researching Maharishi Vedic Science is to find holistic and scientifically validated methods for improving the experience of life; whether it’s at the individual, societal, or governmental level. In this program you will research topics such as current issues in governmental administration, finance and industry, economic inequities, education, and health; then develop proposed improvements and solutions.

Available tracks

After the first year of class, you’ll specialize in one of five tracks:

In the Reading Vedic Literature Track you will spend approximately two and a half years reading Vedic Literature in Sanskrit and experiencing the profound personal development that accompanies this research. Then, you will write a dissertation that describes the results of your research in the Vedic Literature.
In the Application of Maharishi Vedic Science track you will apply a specific technology of Maharishi Vedic Science to a particular area of society and then document any changes that may occur.
In the Modern Science and Maharishi Vedic Science track you will write a theoretical paper describing principles from an academic discipline and how those principles compare to principles described in Maharishi Vedic Science.
In the Higher States of Consciousness track you will document higher states of consciousness through physiological and psychological research or, alternatively, give a theoretical account of higher states of consciousness as described in historical or religious literature.
In the Exploration of the Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science in the Vedic Literature track you will explore different branches of the Vedic literature in detail.

Featured faculty

professor-bill-sandsDr. William Sands is the Program Director for the Online MA in Consciousness & Human Potential, Dean of the College of Maharishi Vedic Science and Associate Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD from Maharishi University of Management, an MSCI from Maharishi European Research University, and a BSBA from Georgetown University. He is the author of two books, entitled Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and His Gift to the World, and Maharishi’s Yoga: The Royal Road to Enlightenment.

Cost & Aid, 2021-22

US On-Campus 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 2021-22 rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$4,000
Additional Costs
Housing and Meals$7,400
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$6,800

Additional Financial Aid Information

Loans are available for the applicable annual tuition, housing and meals, and personal expenses.

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.

Internatonal On-Campus 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 which 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 2021-22 rate, subject to change in future years.

Annual Tuition
Entry Level$16,000
Candidate Level$8,000
Researcher Level$4,000
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. For more information, please email intadmis@mum.edu or call Admissions at (641) 472 1110.

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