Maharishi University of Management

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Maharishi University of Management is a school in Fairfield, Iowa that teaches with a, "Consciousness-Based Education" philosophy [1]. They require courses on Meditation and all food in their cafeteria is "organic" and vegetarian (this is where, "Bring a lunch from home" comes into play), the school was founded by none other than Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (yes, that woo peddler).

History and accreditation[edit]

Founded as, "Maharishi International University" in the 1950s, the "school" started out in a rented office building in Santa Barbara, California. Over time the school grew and moved to Iowa with the help of financial donations from investors in the New Age community. The school held a campus in Iowa but choose to move for a bigger campus. In 1973 the school became accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and began to offer doctoral degrees in 1979; in 1995 M.I.U became the Maharishi University of Management.


MUM offers a variety of academic programs from the undergraduate level to graduate level. Pseudoscience is integrated into legitimate academic study.

Bachelors degrees[edit]

Masters degrees[edit]

  • Computer Science
  • Physiology
  • Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Maharishi Ayurveda Science and Integrative Medicine
  • Business
  • Screen Writing
  • Art

Doctoral degrees[edit]

  • Doctor of Medicine (through a Caribbean medical school)
  • Ph.D. in Physiology
  • Ph.D. in Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Ph.D. in Management


According to the website, "College Times", reviews range from "Great" to "Scam". As for the bad reviews, the users mentioned how they were screwed over by the financial aide.

Stance on the COVID-19 vaccine[edit]

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and vaccine misinformation, this part is relevant

In a Stopped Clock moment, MUM endorses people getting the COVID vaccine, mask wearing and testing for infection. That said, their scientists "worry about possible side effects of the vaccine". Outside that, they recognize the threat the virus poses and acknowledge that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. This has not stopped them from promoting woo for COVID treatment [2].

External links[edit]


  1. MUM at a Glance Maharishi University of Management
  2. Responding to COVID,.