Overview

This special research PhD degree is designed for doctoral-level health professionals or those with a master’s in physiology, or the equivalent, to conduct original research on the effects of Maharishi AyurVedaSM and Transcendental Meditation® technique on areas of health and physiology. Maharishi University of Management continues to develop the scientific understanding of the application of natural, prevention-oriented health care for the improvement of the health and well being of the individual and society.

The objectives of the PhD in Physiology program are:

To give students training in research design and implementation at the doctoral level, leading to publication, and
To provide a program for advanced original research on the effects of modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda, including Transcendental Meditation, on:
cardiovascular health, or
aging, or
improvement in PTSD and other areas of stress-related health disorders, or
neuroscience application in health.
Entrance Requirements
The entrance requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology are:

  • Practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® program
  • MS in Physiology; M.D., D.O., or N.D. degree; or certification as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or any equivalent health-professional training (not available at UMLAC)
  • Twelve credit hours of physiology and/or neurophysiology (not available at MUM)

Satisfaction of entrance requirements must be approved by the Department’s graduate faculty, in addition to receiving approval by the director of the program and the dean of the graduate school.8. Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve healthcare outcomes

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a PhD in Physiology, students must successfully complete all general requirements for the doctoral degree (please refer to “Requirements for a Doctoral Degree” in the “Academic Policies” portion of the current MUM catalog). As part of these requirements, students must successfully complete the following degree requirements:
Upon successful completion of this course, which culminates with the written proposal, students will advance to the PhD Researcher status and then enroll in PHYSI 701 Dissertation Research.

The PhD degree will be awarded to a PhD Researcher once the following steps have been completed:

  • Presentation of the dissertation findings in a formal lecture with an open public forum for discussion.
  • Acceptance of dissertation by the Graduate School and the Library.
  • Core curriculum
  • Four credit hours of research methods (Available at MUM)
  • Four credit hours of statistics (Available at MUM)
  • STC 508 Science and Technology of Consciousness (STC 108/109 may be substituted upon approval of department)
  • Two of the following courses:
    • PH 260 Maharishi Self-PulseSM Reading
    • PH 262 Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition
    • PH 263 Maharishi Yoga SM Asanas

Upon successful completion of this core curriculum, students will be advanced to PhD Candidate status. Students will then write their dissertation proposal:
PHYSI 700 Dissertation Proposal Preparation with formal defense before faculty (variable credits)
Upon successful completion of this course, which culminates with the written proposal, students will advance to the PhD Researcher status and then enroll in:
PHYSI 701 Dissertation Research
The PhD degree will be awarded to a PhD Researcher once the following steps have been completed:
Presentation of the dissertation findings in a formal lecture with an open public forum for discussion.
Acceptance of dissertation by the Graduate School and the Library.