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Postgraduate Programs in Maharishi Vedic Science

Deepen your understanding of MVS

After you complete our MA in Maharishi Vedic Science, you can choose to further your knowledge through our PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science program or our Postgraduate Certificate in Maharishi Vedic Science program.

PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science

In our PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science program, you’ll 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 Maharishi Vedic Science.

The first year involves in-depth study of:

  • 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
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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.


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Postgraduate certificate in Maharishi Vedic Science

Our two-year Postgraduate Certificate in Maharishi Vedic Science gives you the opportunity to learn about higher states of consciousness in the classroom while experiencing them yourself through collective meditation practice.

In addition, your program of knowledge and experience will be enhanced through regular reading of Vedic Literature in Devanāgarī script.

This program is designed for those who already have an MA in Maharishi Vedic Science and would like to advance their experience and understanding of the subject.

What you’ll do in this program:

  • Research source documents in Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Experience higher states of consciousness and learn to describe them clearly
  • Read Vedic texts Devanāgarī script
  • Understand the fundamental principles of Maharishi Vedic Science and how they can solve today’s societal problems
  • Deeply understand the principles of Consciousness-Based Education

Part-time program structure:

Classes meet on Saturday mornings for extended meditation practice, Saturday afternoons for main academic courses, and Tuesday evenings for Sanskrit seminars. This program is two years in length.

Our part-time program is ideal for those working and living in the Fairfield community, as well as for participants in the Invincible America Assembly.

For information on the cost of our Postgraduate degree programs, visit our Financial Aid Calculator here.

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Faculty profile: William Sands


Dr. William Sands is the Program Director for the Online MA in Maharishi Vedic Science, 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.


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