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Courses / Degree Requirements for the PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science

The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of 46 credits selected by the faculty from the following courses:

In this seminar, students study and evaluate the main contemporary approaches to the principles, methods, and applications of modern science and discuss the contributions of Maharishi Vedic Science to solving outstanding issues in philosophy of science. They then apply the integrated standards of Maharishi Vedic Science and modern science to the main avenues of research on the technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science, including those in which they will be doing their dissertation research projects. They also practice communicating these outcomes in a manner that would be comprehensible to scholars at any university in the world.
Students survey basic approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative, historical, clinical, and philosophical methods of analysis. Topics include: logical and practical considerations in experimental design and measurement, writing literature reviews, and 2016/17 184 selecting research topics, as well as research ethics and such non-experimental methods as computer simulation, textual analysis, and survey research.
In this course, students will master the Self-referral dynamics of pure consciousness in terms of the structure and function of the Samhita of Rishi, Devata and Chhandas; Rik and Ak; Aknim Ile; the Richo Ak-kshare verse of Rik Veda; the dynamics of the Gap; Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhashya; the relationship between name and form in the Veda; the four Vedas; and the relationship between the silent dynamics of consciousness and the unified field of quantum field theory.
In this course, students study Maharishi’s insights into the forty branches of the Veda and Vedic literature. Students view videotapes that Maharishi has made on the Vedic literature, including the Veda, Vedanga, Upanga, Upaveda, Brahmana, and Pratishakhya. Special emphasis is given to Vedanta. Students learn many of the Vedic Expressions that Maharishi has taught from the Vedic literature, and they read the Vedic literature in Sanskrit, creating profound brain coherence.
In this course, students learn how to create professional presentations and structure lectures that effectively demonstrate the applied value of Maharishi Vedic Science to solve individual, national and global problems. Students will create presentations that will include research on current issues in governmental administration; finance and industry; economic inequities; education; physical, mental and societal health; crime and rehabilitation; agriculture; city planning; science and technology; homeland security; ethnic and religious tensions; international relations and the need for permanent world peace.
The Maharishi Vedic Science graduate seminar includes a review of current research topics in the major disciplines and their relationship to the principles of Maharishi Vedic Science. Each session focuses on a particular discipline and its relationship to Maharishi Vedic Science and is led by senior graduate faculty.
This course provides the time necessary to prepare for the qualifying examination, which demonstrates research competence. It may be in the form of a research proposal, or in 2016/17 187 another form at the discretion of the program faculty. Prerequisite: successful completion of the core curriculum

Candidate status

Upon successful completion of this core curriculum, students are advanced to candidate status and begin work in their dissertation proposal.

Variable credits
Having passed to doctoral candidacy, students prepare a proposal for a doctoral dissertation for acceptance by their major professor and dissertation guidance committee.


Researcher status

Upon successful completion of these courses, which culminates with the defense of their written proposal, students advance to the PhD researcher status and then enroll in:

Students conduct original research and prepare their dissertations during their third and fourth years in the program. (8 credits per semester — may be repeated for credit, subject to satisfactory progress in the previous course and a clear plan for the progression of learning in the subsequent course) Prerequisites: approval of the dissertation proposal
and consent of the dissertation committee

Awarding of degree

The PhD degree is awarded to a PhD researcher once the following steps have been completed:

  • Presentation of the dissertation findings in a formal lecture with an open public forum for discussion
  • Acceptance of dissertation by the Graduate School and the Library
  • Certification by the graduate faculty of the student’s continuing exemplification of the highest standards of holistic development.