A minimum of 128 credits of course work — including up to a maximum of 16 credits of Development of Consciousness (DC) and up to a maximum of 70 credits of transfer credit — is required for students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Within these credits, students must fulfill the following requirements:
- MVS 100 or ED 101 The Transcendental Meditation Program
- STC 108 or STC 109 The Science and Technology of Consciousness
- PHYS 110 Foundations of Physics and Cosmology
- PH 101 Physiology Is Consciousness
- WTG 191 College Composition 1 (may be waived based on transfer credit or the results of a diagnostic assessment)
- WTG 192 College Composition 2 (may be waived based on transfer credit)
- FOR 103 Health-Related Fitness
- MVS 202 Higher States of Consciousness
- MGT 346 Career Strategies (2 credits)
- MVS 475 Senior Capstone (2 credits)
Distribution Course Requirements
- 4 credits from Fine Arts
- 4 credits from Humanities
- 4 credits from Applied Social Sciences
- 4 credits from Mathematics (MATH 153 or higher)
Courses That May Be Used to Satisfy Distribution Requirements:
Fine Arts (4 credits)
- Any writing course numbered higher than 192
- Any music course numbered higher than 199
- FA 201 Art in Nature
- FA 301 Drawing 1
- FA 311 Painting 1
- FA 341 Ceramics 1
- FA 351 Sculpture 1
- FA 331 Photography 1
- FA 141 Art of the Self
Humanities (4 credits)
- Any literature course
- MC 300 Narrative
- FA 203 Understanding Art & Media
- FA 204 CCTS: The Spiritual Question in Media & Myth
- FA 231 Great Civilizations
- FA 381, 382, 383, 384 (Art History I, II, III, IV)
- FA 470 Contemporary Art & Criticism Seminar
- MUS 217 CCTS: The Power of Sound
- MUS 223 CCTS: American Roots Music
- MVS 225 MVS and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- MVS 226 MVS and Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism
Applied Social Sciences (4 credits)
- Any education, business, or government course
- Any ESS Leadership course
- MVS 308 Research Design
- MVS 309 Peace Studies
- Many Sustainable Living courses including:
- SL-G100 CCTS: Understanding and Advocating Sustainable Living
- SL–G220 Environmental Planning and Landscaping
- SL–G370 Environmental Law
- SL–P302 Energy Policy for Sustainability
Mathematics (4 credits)
- Any mathematics course numbered 153 or higher (Includes MATH 200 CCTS)
- MGT 314 Statistics, if a student has been placed by the Department of Mathematics higher than MATH 153
- Students in the Sustainable Living Major may satisfy both the math requirement of the Major and the math distribution requirement at the same time by passing Math 170.
Note: Mathematics distribution requirement may be satisfied by courses taken elsewhere. For more information on math distribution requirements and/or your major's math requirements, please see below, or the MUM Catalog (mum.edu/catalog) for the year you entered or were readmitted to MUM.
Forest academies are two-week courses offered at the beginning of each semester. They provide the opportunity for students to explore more deeply the principles associated with the development of their own inner intelligence—through their daily TM and TM-Sidhi practice—and to understand how it applies practically to specific areas of life. At the end of each Forest Academy, students experience a new wave of freshness in body, mind, and perception, returning to studies with an expanded awareness, a clearer mind, and a greater desire to learn.
All students are required to take a Forest Academy in each semester they are enrolled in at least three blocks of classes. Students enrolled one year or less may not miss any Forest Academies. Students enrolled 1½ years or longer may miss one Forest Academy.
Forest Academy course descriptions
Development of Consciousness (DC) Courses
Each semester, all students who have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique need to fulfill requirements for at 1 credit in Development of Consciousness. Students who have also learned the TM-Sidhi program need to fulfill requirements for 2 credits in Development of Consciousness. Students may apply up to 16 credits in Development of Consciousness toward required graduation credits. Since all students are required to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique, students learn the Transcendental Meditation technique in their first course as part of their Development of Consciousness course requirement.
MVS 100 Instruction in the TM technique (1 credit, first semester only)
DC 320 Development of Consciousness: TM technique (1 credit each semester)
DC 332 Development of Consciousness: TM and TM-Sidhi program (2 credits each semester)
Completion of requirements for a major field of study, listed under Academic Programs. (A maximum of 50% of the credits in a major may be satisfied by transfer credit.)
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Completion of Forest Academy course entitled “Health Related Fitness”
Students 35 years of age or older on entry to the University are exempt from the following two requirements:
- Participation in four hours of dynamic physical activity each week
- Completion of a fitness assessment each semester
General Assessment Tests
General Assessment tests are administered by the Course Evaluation Department to measure each student's overall progress. These tests are required both upon entry to the University and during the Senior Capstone course.
Placement tests are administered at the beginning of each semester to determine which courses the students needs to enroll in to satisfy their Composition and Mathematics requirements. (If a student wishes to use his or her standing in a math placement test to satisfy the prerequisite for a course, that course must be taken within a year of the test. Otherwise, the test will need to be taken and passed at that level again.)
Composition Placement Policies
the most useful courses students take at Maharishi University of
Management are the composition courses: Composition 1 (WTG 191) and
Composition 2 (WTG 192). Completing Composition 2 is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students.
1. Composition Placement Testing. At
the beginning of each semester, the
Literature and Writing Department administers a placement test. All
students need some development in composition, usage, writing and/or
documentation, but some students need a little more experience than
others in these areas. The placement test determines that. Students who
need more assistance are placed in Composition 1; those who don't, take
Composition 2. Students who complete Composition 1 take Composition 2
2. How to satisfy the distribution requirement in composition:
There are only two ways to satisfy the Composition
2 requirement: to complete the course at MUM (WTG192 Composition 2), or to complete an equivalent
course at another approved institution of higher learning either
before arriving or before graduating from MUM.
Mathematics Placement Policies
There are two distinct types of undergraduate mathematics requirements at Maharishi University of Management:
- The distribution requirement in mathematics: Undergraduate students need to take and pass at least one course (4 credits) in mathematics at the level of Math 153 or above.
- Major and prerequisite requirements: A student’s major may require more mathematics and some courses have mathematics prerequisites.
IMPORTANT: Transfer credit can be used to satisfy the distribution requirement, but NOT the major and prerequisite requirements. For details see points 10 and 11 below. Also note the time limit in point 12 for taking a course using math placement testing results.
On entry into Maharishi University of Management, every entering and readmit student is required to be placed in mathematics according to the following rules:
1. If a student’s transcript at the time of entry to MUM shows a mathematics course at the 100 level or above with grade C or above, taught by the Mathematics Department at another accredited university or college, then that student is deemed to have satisfied the distribution requirement in mathematics. (Such a course will have prefix MATH, MAT, MTH, etc., but not STA, STAT, BUS, MAN, BMAT, etc.) If such a student has declared a major at M.U.M. that does not require further mathematics, then a placement test is not required and the student does not need to take any mathematics courses while at M.U.M. (Such a student may choose whether to be placed in mathematics at this time or not. If he or she chooses not to be placed at this time, and then later switches to or adds a major that requires mathematics, he or she must be placed in mathematics before being allowed to enroll for any course with a mathematics prerequisite.)
2. A student who signs a waiver agreeing to be placed into the lowest level Math 051 Basic Mathematics is not required to take the math placement test.
3. A student who is being readmitted to M.U.M. after an absence of one year or less, and who was previously placed, is not required to take a math placement test, unless he or she wishes to. The previous placement is still valid. Students readmitted after an absence of more than one year need to be placed again.
4. A student who, within the past two years, achieved a score of
is not required to take a mathematics placement test. Placement will depend on the topics tested.
- 4 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Calculus AB or BC, or
- 60% or above in the CLEP Calculus Test, or
- 5 or above on the IB HL Mathematics Exam
5. A student who, within the past two years, achieved a score of
Such students are not required to take a mathematics placement test, unless they wish to.
- 44 – 100 on the COMPASS PreAlgebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 051 Basic Mathematics,
- 46 – 65 on the COMPASS Algebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 152 Elementary Algebra,
- 66 – 100 on the COMPASS Algebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 153 Intermediate Algebra.
6. If a student has not yet declared a major, or will be taking any mathematics course numbered 282 or less, or any course requiring a mathematics prerequisite numbered 282 or less, that student is required to take a math placement test on entry to M.U.M. The results of the placement test (not transfer credit) will determine that student’s math placement.
7. If a student has completed the equivalent of Math 267 Geometry, Math 272 Discrete Mathematics, or any mathematics course numbered Math 283 or above with a grade of C or above, at another accredited university or college, then transfer credit will be given on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on the grade obtained and how long ago the course was completed. Such a student may or may not be required to take a placement test.
8. Further placement testing. Any student, who is not satisfied with his or her math placement, has the option to study on his or her own and take further placement tests in the specific courses Math 051, Math 152, Math 153, Math 161, Math 162. The student may take a maximum of one additional test at each of these levels. There are no additional tests for calculus.
9. Mathematics Placement Meeting. Every new and readmit student is required to come to the Mathematics Placement Meeting that usually takes place in the first week after the student arrives on campus. At this meeting, students either take a placement test or establish that they don’t need to. A make-up meeting is held about a week later for late arrivals.
10. How to satisfy the distribution requirement in mathematics. The distribution requirement in mathematics is not satisfied by passing a placement test at M.U.M., nor by passing a course in high school, nor by the COMPASS Test. It is satisfied by advanced placement or if a student’s transcript shows a mathematics course at the 100 level or above with grade C or above, taught by the Mathematics Department at an accredited university or college credit at the required level, no matter how long ago the course or test was completed, and no matter what standing was achieved on any mathematics placement test taken at M.U.M. It is also satisfied by enrolling for and passing a mathematics course at the level of Math 153 or above at M.U.M. or by passing MGT 314 if a student has been placed by the Department of Mathematics higher than MATH 153.
11. How to satisfy the major and prerequisite mathematics requirements. The major and prerequisite mathematics requirements, on the other hand, need to be current. The standing achieved on any mathematics placement test takes precedence for this purpose over courses taken at other universities and colleges. Passing a placement test does satisfy this requirement. (If a student places out of a course that is required for the major then the units for that course count towards the total units required for that major, although the units will not count towards the overall total units required for graduation.) Advanced placement (see item 4 above) or COMPASS tests (see 5 above) at the required level obtained at most two years prior to entry to M.U.M. also satisfies this requirement, as does enrolling for and passing a course at M.U.M. On the other hand, transfer credit for courses equivalent to Math 051, 152, 153, 161, 162, 281, or 282 does not satisfy this requirement. Since the knowledge must be current, the standing achieved on any mathematics placement test takes precedence for this purpose over courses taken at other universities and colleges. For example, if a student has transfer credit is for a course at the level of Math 161, and then places into Math 153 on the math placement test, and the student’s major requires Math 153, then the result of the math placement test takes precedence. The student would have to take and pass Math 153 at M.U.M.
12. If a student wishes to use his or her standing in a math placement test to satisfy the prerequisite for a course, that course must be taken within a year of the test. Otherwise, the test will need to be taken and passed at that level again.
The above information is subject to change any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in August 2011.