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The degree completion program that immerses you in deep knowledge, inner growth, and practical career preparation

  • Gain the practical skills valued most by employers
  • Join a supportive online community of students and faculty
  • Complete your undergraduate degree in as little as one year
  • Discover how ​everything you study ​connect​s​ to your inner self

Gain practical, employable skills

We’ve developed our program around the creative, adaptable skills needed in any workplace. A U.S. News survey found that the four qualities that employers want most are:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Communication skills – written and verbal
  • Applied knowledge in real-world settings

In our BA program, you’ll strengthen these qualities through a unique lineup of courses that will do more than prepare you for a career — it will help you grow into the best person you can be.


Study online on the fast-track

You’ll join a supportive online community of students who are committed to personal growth and professors who will help you every step of the way.

In this degree completion program, students with 60 or more transferable academic credits can finish their bachelor’s degree in two years or less. Students with fewer than 60 credits may be able to start the online BALA program but will need to talk with an advisor at onlinebala@mum.edu to set up a degree completion plan


A degree grounded in consciousness

You’ll explore a range of unique topics in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences — and through MUM’s system of Consciousness-Based education, connect these disciplines to each other and to your own life.

You’ll also learn the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, an evidence-based practice that enhances creativity and clear thinking, and promotes inner peace and wellness.

Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Featured classes

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Cross Cultural Communication

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You’ll learn how to understand different cultural norms and traditions from around the world, analyzing case studies and participating in workshops that further your knowledge.

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Physiology is Consciousness

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You’ll study the mind and body, examining how the brain constructs reality at every moment and how the total creative potential of the brain can be awakened.

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Writing for Professional Development

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In this course, you’ll learn to compose and edit the kinds of writing done in the real world by non-profit and for-profit employees, managers, entrepreneurs, and more.

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Creative Process

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You’ll discover your own inner creativity, and explore what accomplished artists, writers, and filmmakers have revealed about their creative process.

FAQ

Yes. However, before you enroll you’ll need to learn the TM technique since it is a key element of Consciousness-Based education. This instruction will be in-person with a certified TM teacher near you (or on our Fairfield, IA campus).
You can complete our program in one year if you are transferring 90 credits including a math course equivalent to the MUM graduation requirement. Depending on your personal goals, you may also take longer to complete the degree. See program requirements here >
You must be self-motivated, organized and disciplined to successfully study online.

Learning the Transcendental Meditation technique is required before beginning the program. An MUM admissions counselor will help connect you with a TM teacher in your area.

TM instruction will cost $240 for applicants and accepted students to the Online BALA. This a discounted rate especially for MUM applicants and online students.

See entrance requirements section for more info.

MUM will accept as transfer credit toward its bachelor’s degree programs credit earned at any college that is a member of the Higher Learning Commission or other comparable U.S. “regional” accrediting association, or at an international university of comparable accreditation, or at an international university that has been specifically approved by the Registrar. Transfer credit is always evaluated on a course-by-course basis. More information is available at:

Transfer Credit Policy

Students will need to have earned 128 credits to graduate from MUM, some of these will be transferred credits.

Program requirements include:

Science and Technology of Consciousness, Writing for Professional Development, Foundations of Physics and Cosmology, Quantitative Reasoning (or math equivalent), Physiology is Consciousness, Health-Related Fitness, and Higher States of Consciousness; plus eight (8) additional upper-division credits from at least two separate academic fields (e.g., humanities and social sciences). Students will fill in the remaining credits with BALA elective courses.

See course descriptions here >

You should plan to spend 6-10 hours per week for a 4-credit eight week course. If you are taking 2 courses during an eight week period, you should plan to spend 12-20 hours per week of reading, creating assignments and discussion forum posts, and studying course materials.

The time it takes to complete an online course successfully depends on your willingness to stick to a regular schedule and learn to study effectively more than on any other factor.

4-credit courses are eight weeks long and 2-credit course are four weeks long for this program. There are two semester terms, a January term and summer.
Choose the pace that is best for you. You can attend part-time, full-time or take one course at a time.

Student financial aid is available to eligible degree-seeking students who are admitted. If you are considering applying to the BALA degree program and want to receive financial aid, you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) found here as soon as possible. The MUM school code is: 011113

For more information about financial aid, visit our Cost & Aid Calculator. Also, feel free to contact our financial aid office at finaid@mum.edu or (641) 472-1156.

Development of Consciousness
Display improvements in perception, thinking, feeling, and overall growth of consciousness.

Health
Display a healthy and optimal quality of life that allows them to get through their daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.

Holistic Thinking
Apply unifying principles within and across disciplines to synthesize ideas, integrate divergent perspectives, and understand what they have learned in light of their own consciousness.

Critical Thinking
Evaluate their confidence in a thesis or judgment on the basis of logic, reliable evidence, ethical values, and openness to alternative assumptions and points of view.

Communications
Respond to and express ideas, feelings, and information in speech, text, and other media.

Local and Global Citizenship
Grounded in a global perspective, students will be able to act effectively to address local economic, cultural, social, and environmental challenges.

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Tamlin Day: Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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