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Maharishi Vedic Science Department

Degree programs for self-discovery

Do you want to delve into the nature of reality by using science and ancient knowledge to understand your deepest self?

If so, our Maharishi Vedic Science programs are for you.

What is Maharishi Vedic Science?

Maharishi Vedic Science has its source in the ancient Vedic tradition of India. The term “Vedic” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Veda,” which means “knowledge.”

Maharishi Vedic Science brings together this ancient Vedic tradition of knowledge, as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with the discoveries of modern science to answer fundamental questions about life.

When you study Maharishi Vedic Science, you’ll become familiar with this approach, identifying the principles that connect all subjects and exploring. the nature of your own inner self and how it relates to the wider world. You’ll also learn how this knowledge can be applied to practical situations to make the world a more peaceful place.

Topics you’ll study:

  • How to integrate modern scientific theories and Vedic ideas
  • How to read Vedic texts in Sanskrit
  • How brain functioning is enhanced by regular Transcendental Meditation® practice
  • How we can create a more peaceful society through collective meditation practice

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Does Maharishi Vedic Science prepare me for a career?

Yes, Maharishi Vedic Science is a liberal arts degree program that focuses on personal growth and builds a strong basis for further career development.

Our holistic degree programs — which consist of thought-provoking classes, a healthy routine, vegetarian food, daily meditation, and more — will help enhance your creativity along with other vital skills that employers value.

What do you do with a degree in Maharishi Vedic Science? Here are a few examples of the creative paths our students have taken after graduating from our program:


Justin Cutter

BA in Maharishi Vedic Science alumnus Justin Cutter travels the country spreading the word about the benefits of organic natural food from an 18-foot box truck with a fully functional greenhouse in the back. Learn more about his endeavor at the Compass Green Project website.

Justin sees his Maharishi Vedic Science degree as highly practical. “Those principles,” he says, “have been applicable to everything I’ve done in my life… The same rules that allow a tree to grow and transfer nutrients can be applied to a business or a relationship.”


Jim Bagnola

A graduate of our MA in Maharishi Vedic Science program, Jim Bagnola is a corporate educator, international speaker, and executive coach. His book, Becoming a Professional Human Being: How to Enjoy Stress-Free Work and Personal Happiness Using the Mind/Body/Work Connection, was released in 2012 and has become a bestseller in Japan.

Of his experience in the classroom at MUM, Jim says, “It’s interactive. It’s engaging. It’s having students teach each other. It’s engaging the student’s brain as much as the teacher’s brain.”


Gabriel Akura

Gabriel Akura, a graduate of our MA program, has returned home to Kenya to help citizens of the tiny village of Rageng’ni as a sustainable agricultural entrepreneur and educator. Gabriel holds five university degrees, including a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri.

When asked about MUM, Gabriel says, “It’s great for students who are trying to connect the dots in their lives. When you look at what’s going on in the world, you can start asking the deep philosophical questions…That leads you to look within for answers. People who are like that relate well to Consciousness-Based Education and MUM.”

Become a Transcendental Meditation teacher

When you study Maharishi Vedic Science at the BA or MA level, you can choose to train as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and earn academic credit toward your degree.

Career opportunities for teachers exist worldwide through The David Lynch Foundation, which has taught the TM technique to over 120,000 at-risk youth in the U.S. and around the world.

Faculty profile: Dr. Fred Travis

fred-travis-300x300 copy“I direct brain research in the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition. In addition, I teach courses and tour in the U.S. and internationally, presenting on the brain and consciousness.

“The courses you take in this department are designed to allow you to explore your inner dimension — to find out who you are and how you relate to the environment. Our emphasis is on self-knowledge, on growth of higher states of consciousness.

“I invite you to visit the Maharishi Veda Bhavan building, home of the MVS department, when you are on campus. We’re just across the street (and a little bit east) of the Argiro Student Center.”

Fred Travis, PhD
Chair, Maharishi Vedic Science Department

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