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

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Fall 2019

  • 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 bachelor’s 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 online through MUM. If you transfer in our maximum of 90 credits, this degree will only require you to earn 43 additional credits, which can be completed in two semesters. For students coming in with 60 credits, the degree can be completed within four semesters. Students with fewer than 60 credits are also welcome to enroll in the program, but may need to take some courses on campus to complete their degree.

Transfer students can inquire with their admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.

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


Cross Cultural Communication


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.


Physiology is Consciousness


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.


Writing for Professional Development


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.


Creative Process


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


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.

New U.S. online students learn the TM technique before enrolling at MUM.

  • For info on the TM technique or finding a TM teacher, please visit
  • MUM has a special TM course fee of $190 for students enrolling in online degree programs.

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. See course descriptions and degree requirements >

You should plan to spend 8-12 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.

You can attend part-time, full-time or take one course at a time  choose the pace that is best for you. The specific options are as follows:

  • Full-time: 12 credits or more per semester
  • Three-quarters time: 9-11 credits per semester
  • Half-time: 6-8 credits per semester
  • 5 or less credits

For associated costs, please visit our cost & aid calculator. Note that financial aid is not available for less than half-time enrollment.

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 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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