Unified field-based approach to teaching and learning — In contrast to fragmented approaches of other colleges and universities, our students gain total knowledge in terms of the unified field, the field of pure intelligence that gives rise to the ever-expanding universe and to all streams of knowledge.
Student health and well-being — The health and well-being of students is paramount. We offer organic vegetarian dining, teach the value of staying rested, strongly encourage daily exercise, and create a nurturing environment.
Member of the US Green Building Council
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
In 2013–2014, 96% of all undergrads received need-based aid, averaging $18,570 per student; 66% received Pell Grants
We support our many international students with grants as well.
More than $32 million in Federal and other grants awarded to date, to the University and to Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in collaboration with leading academic medical centers around the country, for scientific research and academic development.
Includes $26 million from the National Institutes of Health for research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and cardiovascular disease.
Current grant — $4 million from the US Department of Defense for research on the TM program and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in collaboration with the San Diego Veterans Administration Health Center.
Bachelor Degree Programs
English (literature and creative writing)
Media and Communications
Maharishi Vedic Science, the science and technology of consciousness
Physiology and Health
Master Degree Programs
MBA / Sustainable Business
MBA / Accounting Professionals
Maharishi Vedic Science
Doctoral Degree Programs
Maharishi Vedic Science
Physiology (special research program)
A remarkable community has grown up around Maharishi University of Management (population 9,500), as thousands of people have relocated from around the country and around the world to be associated with the University and many graduates have decided to stay. Anchored by the University and fueled by this influx of people, the city of Fairfield has earned distinction in:
Entrepreneurship — Fairfield is known as the entrepreneurial capital of Iowa.
Arts — Fairfield has also become a center of the arts, with 25 art galleries around the town square, an active theater and music scene, and more restaurants per capita than San Francisco.
Sustainability — Fairfield has become nationally known as a center of sustainability, particularly for its “Go Green” strategic plan.
Recognition and Honors for Fairfield
2014 — The online news site Buzzfeed lists Fairfield #2 in its list of “11 Coolest Small Cities It’s Time to Road Trip To”
2014 — Featured on “Moving America Forward,” hosted by William Shatner, on Youtoo TV, a cable channel carried by Time Warner, Comcast, and others. The show highlights the accomplishments of individual business owners in the US — and Fairfield was the first town featured on the program, which focused on the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and how it affects residents’ quality of life.
2013 — Smithsonian magazine lists Fairfield as one of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” (Fairfield is #7 on the list), based on its qualities of entrepreneurship, sustainability, arts, and culture.
2012 — Oprah features Fairfield on one of her shows on Oprah’s Next Chapter.
2010 — ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA honors Fairfield with a Milestone award this past weekend in recognition of its commitment to and achievements in climate protection and sustainability.
2009 —MSN.com names Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy (a University trustee and chair of our endowment campaign) one of the 15 greenest mayors in the country — along with the mayors of New York City, Chicago, and Portland.
2006 — Fairfield is named one of “Iowa’s Great Places” and receives $500,000 from the State of Iowa for community development.
2004 — Fairfield is named Iowa’s “Entrepreneurial Community of the Year” — the first winner of this award — by the Iowa Community Vitality Center.
2003 — Fairfield is named inaugural winner of the Grass Roots Entrepreneurship Award from the National Center for Small Communities in Washington, DC.
Come visit us! Our monthly Visitors Weekends offer the opportunity to meet faculty and students, learn about our education, visit classes, tour the campus, sample our food, and explore the community.
David Lynch MFA in Film
Enrollment for the Feb 2017 Entry is Closed
In this program you will participate in the creation of an original Web-TV Series, working alongside fellow students and industry professionals. This unique opportunity is being made available to a select number of students who will work together to write, produce, edit, and distribute the series. Every student will work in different capacities throughout the course of the production.
Enter your name and email address to receive:
Info about the new Web-TV Series Track: Creative development & real-world experience
Curriculum and Guest Speakers
Bonus! Film transcript of the David Lynch documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace