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Courses / Degree Requirements for the BA in Maharishi Vedic Science

To graduate with a BA in Maharishi Vedic Science, students must successfully complete:

  • All general requirements for a bachelor’s degree
  • 52 credits of coursework, including 32 credits from the listed required courses as well as at least 20 credits from the available additional courses.

Required courses:

Reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit is a new technology of Maharishi Vedic Science to speed the development of higher states of consciousness. In this course, students learn to read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit and discover how this practice actually strengthens brain functioning. Students also learn the basic principles of Maharishi Vedic Science, including the recent discovery of how human physiology forms a perfect replica of natural law, as embodied in the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature. This historic discovery reveals that the natural laws governing the universe are the same laws governing our physiology — meaning that each of us has access, within our own physiology, to the total potential of natural law.
This course systematically investigates Maharishi’s explanation of the self-referral dynamics and structure of pure consciousness as being the ultimate source and content of all the laws of nature that are responsible for the creation and orderly functioning of both individual and universal life. Topics include: the analysis and synthesis of the nature and range of Atma, the universal Self of every individual; how the fluctuations of Atma appear as the structure and qualities of the four Vedas in terms of their qualities and sequential unfolding; how the structures and functions of the Vedas correspond to the human physiology and the cosmic physiology of the cosmos; the reading of the Vedic literature in Sanskrit; and exploring the correlation between the cosmic creative process as expressed in the Vedas with theories of the structure and functioning of the unified field Superstring theory of modern quantum physics.
This course explores the 36 branches of the Vedic Literature that are contained within and yet have sequentially unfolded from the Rik, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Vedas. Topics include: the six “Limbs of the Veda” called the Vedanga: Shiksha, Kalp, Vyakaran, Nirukt, Chhand and Jyotish, which express the Vedic knowledge of the specific engineering mechanics of creation; the six “Subordinate Limbs of the Veda” called the Upanga and also known as the six systems of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisheshik, Samkhya, Yoga, Karma Mimansa and Vedanta, which explore how to systematically and completely understand and experience the full range of any object of inquiry. All the 36 branches of the Vedic literature are examined in relation to their specific qualities and contributions to  the Constitution of the Universe—the totality of natural law that governs the universe with perfect order. The structure and functions of the Vedic literature are also explored in terms of their corresponding expressions as the various aspects of the individual human physiology and the cosmic physiology of the universe. Prerequisite: MVS 208
This course studies Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, a work that sequentially unfolds profound principles of human behavior. The Bhagavad-Gita, as a textbook for Maharishi Vedic Science, contains the essence of the detailed knowledge of consciousness contained in the Vedic literature. Topics include: the scope, structure, and dynamics of human behavior; the seven states of consciousness; collective consciousness; and the solution to the fundamental dilemma at the basis of human suffering.
As a precise, systematic, and effective method for developing human consciousness, the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs have given rise to a substantial scientific research program. This course reviews contemporary methods of research — including issues from the philosophy of science — as it applies to the research on the Transcendental Meditation program — and develops the ability to evaluate and explain specific studies on developing mental potential, improving health, and creating effective and rewarding social behavior.
Students explore various methods of creating peace, with special emphasis on the documented effectiveness of these methods, and understanding the underlying scientific explanations accounting for this effectiveness, particularly in the physics of invincibility. Students study the sociological concept of collective consciousness, and the course emphasizes in-depth examination of Maharishi Vedic technologies — particularly group practice of the TM-Sidhi program — and its ability to create coherence in collective consciousness as the basis for creating peace.
During this course, students develop and present a summative oral presentation and write a paper that serves to integrate and complete the knowledge and experience gained from the Maharishi Vedic Science major. Note: a total of 8 credits is required. Students should take the course after having completed all other requirements.


Additional courses:


This course is an in-depth, advanced version of FOR 431 that allows a much deeper and more nuanced exploration of higher states of consciousness as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. Included are specific perspectives on human development and enlightenment from key Western and Eastern thinkers, as well as expanded video and reading selections, more time for discussion, and more options for expressing course material through writing, multimedia presentations, and small-group projects. The course is question- and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting this understanding of higher states to your own experiences—and addressing any and all individual questions on these topics. A TM Retreat/ World Peace Assembly is included. This course may be substituted for FOR 431 to fulfill the General Education graduation requirement. Prerequisite: FOR 103 or PH 101
Brain functioning underlies conscious processing, states of consciousness, and enlightenment. Students learn how to record EEG (brain waves) and other physiological measures (breath rate, heart rate, and skin conductance), learn the brain signatures of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and of higher states of consciousness, and conduct original research testing a research question that they generate during the course. Prerequisite: PH 101
In this course students learn about and practice a range of Vedic technologies to maximize personal growth, including a seven-day retreat, Maharishi videotaped lectures, training in physical health and fitness, group-building projects, and a class agreed daily routine protocol. In addition, we will explore Maharishi AyurVeda diet and cooking, some simple self-administered panchakarma therapies, Maharishi Gandharva, and artistic expression — writing, music, drawing, and painting. There will be a capstone project to integrate knowledge and experiences gained during the course.
The Science of Being and Art of Living was Maharishi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s video tapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation; how to contact and how to live Being; how to live one’s full potential in thought, speech, action, and relationships; and God realization.

Any two of the following three courses:

  • MVS 321: Reading the Vedic Literature: Upa-Veda (4 credits)
    During this course, students read the classical texts of Vedic literature in the Devanāgarī script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. Students begin this course with a major division of the Vedic literature. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
  • MVS 322: Reading the Vedic Literature: Upanga (4 credits)
    During this course, students read the classical texts of Vedic literature in the Devanāgarī script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. Students begin this course with a major division of the Vedic literature. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
  • MVS 323: Reading the Vedic Literature: Brahmana (4 credits)
    During this course, students read the classical texts of Vedic literature in the Devanāgarī script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. Students begin this course with a major division of the Vedic literature. Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
The Transcendental Meditation Sidhi® (TM-Sidhi) program is a simple, natural, effortless set of procedures that accelerate the personal growth gained from the Transcendental Meditation® technique. The TM-Sidhi program is designed to accelerate the growth of creativity, learning ability, physical health, and psychological well-being that TM technique practitioners report.
Exploratory research indicates that the effects of listening to Maharishi Gandharva Veda music include an increase in brain wave coherence, more integrated behavior, and a tendency of mental activity to settle down and experience finer states of awareness. Students become familiar with this research and perform related studies of their own. Includes instruction in bamboo flute, tabla, sitar, or voice, according to availability.
This course examines Maharishi’s lectures and writings in order to better understand the principles of Yoga philosophy as found in its source texts — principally the Bhagavad-Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Topics include: the difference between the “state of Yoga” and the “path of Yoga”; Yoga and the brain; Yoga and health; Yoga and the realization of full human potential; Yoga and dharma; misunderstandings about Yoga; the nature of Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga; Yoga and world peace; Yoga and TM-Sidhi practice; Yoga in human physiology.
There are many opportunities to study Maharishi Vedic Science abroad. In this course, students will travel to a country that may play a special role in Maharishi¹s worldwide Transcendental Meditation program Movement, such as India, South Africa, or Switzerland, and study Maharishi Vedic Science in that context. The course may include taped lectures of Maharishi, study of Sanskrit, and excursions to relevant locales. In some cases, the focus shifts to study of the deep cultural traditions of a country such as China and how these traditions parallel Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits). Prerequisite: consent of department faculty
This course comprises the Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Course, providing the knowledge and experience of consciousness as the basis of life and preparing one to present the knowledge to others. It also gives an opportunity for personal development through deeper personal experience of the unified field of natural law and understanding of the Science of Creative Intelligence. Participation in the course does not automatically qualify a student to graduate as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. Further training and fieldwork may be needed before graduation as a teacher. Students must have a minimum of at least one year of progress in a degree at Maharishi University of Management before taking MVS 490. The course must be appropriate to the degree the student is taking. Academic credit for the completion of this course is offered by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, under a contractual agreement with Maharishi University of Management, Netherlands, who controls the acceptance to the course, the cost of the course, and the content of the course. (12 credits) Prerequisites: STC 108/109 or FOR 500 and completion of one year of MUM coursework. This course is taught under contractual agreement with a non-accredited, non-federal-aid-eligible organization. Students must apply to and be accepted by that organization.
In this course, students who have qualified as teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the Science of Creative Intelligence program work full time for at least four months teaching these programs. Two credits are given for each month students are engaged in this internship. (Maximum of 8 credits during a semester; may be repeated for a second semester) Prerequisite: MVS 490
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $10
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises, as well as two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores, and one to a local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $20; Materials fee: $20 Prerequisite: PH 260
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10
In this course we examine the nature and scope of the scientific method, which is the systematic, repeatable empirical approach to acquiring knowledge through the discovery and testing of hypotheses against experimental evidence. On this basis we can understand the universality of the scientific process and appreciate the scientific character of modern science and of Maharishi Vedic Science. The important contrast between normal science and paradigm-change is studied with reference to the scientific study of consciousness and the special issues this raises. We consider whether science is in conflict with religion or whether there is in fact a deep underlying harmony. And finally, we explore the implications of advanced physics for the scientific study of consciousness. This course satisfies the graduation requirements for a humanities course and for a course in Creative and Critical Thinking.


NOTE: MVS 490 and MVS 493 are generally taken after all other course work for the bachelor’s degree has been completed. Choosing these courses does not guarantee that the student will be accepted to the course.


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