Course Description

Transcendental Meditation courses from MIU

ED 101 and ED 102 (undergraduate) or ED 501 and ED 502 (graduate)

The Transcendental Meditation Program: Developing the Total Potential of the Human Brain

The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural, effortless procedure to develop full human potential and culture experiences of higher states of human consciousness. Extensive research indicates that the individual practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique provides a unique state of deep physiological rest that dissolves accumulated stress and tension while increasing learning ability, intelligence, creativity, and self-actualization; increasing energy and improving health; and enhancing personal relationships.

This course is taught in two parts: ED 101/501 and ED 102/502, and covers the nature of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, scientific research, and its applications in individual life and society. Personal instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique will be included in the ED 101/501 course.

These two one-credit courses are jointly offered by Maharishi International University (MIU) and authorized Transcendental Meditation® centers throughout the USA, including the TM for Women and TM for Nurses programs. The Transcendental Meditation centers provide the personal instruction, and the University provides the distance education components, including videotaped lectures.

The Transcendental Meditation course is a requirement for graduation from any academic program at Maharishi International University, and may be satisfied by taking ED 101, ED 501, MVS 100, or an equivalent course of instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique.

What is the content of these courses?

ED 101 or ED 501 (one credit)

Initial seven steps of instruction:

  1. Introductory Lecture — The scientifically-validated benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program for mind, body, health, relationships, and world peace. (1–2 hours)
  2. Preparatory Lecture — How the Transcendental Meditation technique works to enhance brain functioning and dissolve stress • where the technique comes from (1 hour)
  3. Personal Interview — Interview with a qualified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program right after the Preparatory Lecture (10–15 minutes)
  4. Personal Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique (1–2 hours)
  5. First Day of Checking — Verifying the correctness of the practice and further instruction (1–2 hours)
  6. Second Day of Checking — Understanding the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique in light of the participant’s personal experiences (1–2 hours)
  7. Third Day of Checking — Understanding the blossoming of full human potential — the development of higher states of consciousness (1–2 hours)

In addition to the steps above, ED 101/501 includes a ten-day checking of meditation, two follow-up meetings, and a separate personal checking meeting, as well as practice of TM at home and selected homework assigned by the teacher.

ED 501 or ED 502 (one credit)

ED 102/502 includes two group meetings for checking of meditation, two personal checking meetings, as well as practice of TM at home and a log of meditation practice for two months.

Who can take these courses?

These credit-bearing courses are open to all adults, college students, and high school students who are at least 16 years of age. Course participants will be special (continuing education) MIU students.

What is the tuition of these courses?

Please see this page for the current tuition of these courses. For special tuition rates for nurses, please call Amy Ruff at (641)451-1592 or email

What options are available for tuition payment?

You can pay the course tuition directly to the Transcendental Meditation center where you take the courses. The center will inform you of the methods available for paying the tuition.

What is the withdrawal policy for these courses?

Tuition refunds are not available after the course participant has received personal instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique.

What’s the difference between the undergraduate and graduate versions of these courses?

The course content is exactly the same for both versions. The undergraduate courses (Education 101/102) are open to everyone who does not have an undergraduate degree. Adults, high school students, and undergraduate students at other colleges are all eligible to take the undergraduate courses. The graduate courses (Education 501/502) are open to everyone who has received an undergraduate degree.

If I’m currently enrolled at another college or university, can I transfer the course credits to my school?

Many colleges and universities will accept the credits for these courses. You should contact the Registrar’s office at your school to arrange transfer credit. If you need assistance regarding transfer credit, you can also contact Maharishi University’s Office of the Registrar at 641-472-1144.

If I transfer the credits to my college or university, can I receive financial aid for the courses from my school’s financial aid office?

The Financial Aid office at other colleges may permit you to use your federal loan eligibility to pay the tuition on courses accepted for transfer credit. Please check with a financial aid counselor at your school.

Once you submit the MIU online admission form, how long does it take to be accepted to the courses?

MIU will email you a response to your application, usually within 48 hours. You are accepted to the courses when we receive a confirmation from your local TM® Teacher, whom we contact separately.

Who can you contact about the MIU acceptance to the courses?

Please call the MIU Enrollment Center at 641-472-1144 or email

About the University

Maharishi International University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, sciences, business, and humanities. Founded in 1971, the University is nonsectarian and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All students and faculty at the University practice the Transcendental Meditation technique for its wide range of scientifically verified benefits, including increased brain coherence, greater learning ability and creativity, and reduced stress and illness.

Through Consciousness-Based℠ education, the students discover the field of pure consciousness—their own innermost Self—at the source of every academic discipline, and indeed of every aspect of nature.


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