The MBA can be earned usually in 11-15 months of continuous study. MBA students must complete a total of 58 semester-hour credits, consisting of:

  • 16 credits to fulfill the MBA Foundation requirement
  • 42 credits in specialization, Consciousness-Based Education requirements, and elective courses, as follows.

Consciousness-Based Education Requirement (4 credits)

To graduate with an MBA, students must successfully complete all general requirements for a master’s degree, including

  • Introductory course FOR 500 Science of Creative Intelligence (2-4 credits) in the first semester at MUM. or its equivalent in STC 508 Science and Technology of Consciousness
  • One Forest Academy course (1-2 credits, designated FOR in the catalog) in each subsequent semester.
  • Students in one-year programs may not miss any Forest Academies.
  • Students in 1 1/2 -year or longer programs are allowed to miss one Forest Academy during their master’s degree program.
  • Students in nonstandard programs may have different Forest Academy requirements.

MBA Foundation Requirement (16 credits)

As a preparation for meeting the requirement of a specialization or several concentrations, each MBA student must demonstrate a basic competence in the foundational fields of business. This is demonstrated by having a total of 18 credits earned by taking at least 2 semester-hour credits in each of five of the following eight fields:

  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Financial management
  • Business law and ethics
  • Leadership, the management of people or organizations
  • Management of operations or quality
  • Sustainable business
  • MIS (Management Information Systems)

Students may fulfill the MBA Foundation Requirement in whole or in part by having completed equivalent undergraduate course work at an accredited university and earned a grade of at least B.

MBA Depth Requirement: Specialization (16-18 credits)

All MBA students in the Standard Format must complete a specialization.


A specialization is a depth of study in one cross-functional field consisting of at least 16 credits.

Examples of specialization topics are business process improvement, sustainable business, entrepreneurship, accounting, international business, public management, or industry-specific focuses such as communications & media, telecommunications, health care administration, and so on.

Each specialization must include a seminar or capstone course in which there is a substantial requirement of research and writing. Specializations will be noted on the student’s transcript and diploma.

UMLAC Currently offers its Sustainable Business Specialization

Specialization Courses in Sustainable Business

  • MGT 5010 Organizational Change for Sustainability (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5165 Metrics for Sustainability (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5310 Sustainable Technologies (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5313 Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5314 Modeling Sustainable Technologies (2 credits)
  • MGT 5681 Socially Responsible Investing (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5682 Green Investing (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5881 Sustainable Community Development (2–4 credits)
  • MGT 5312 MBA Capstone Project (2–4 credits)

 Self-Designed Specialization

A student may petition the MBA program director to have a self-designed specialization that may include regular course work, directed study, and internship credits totaling 16 units.


Elective courses may be taken from any concentration offered by the department. With the permission of the department chair, a maximum of 8 elective credits may be taken as courses designated 400-level or above in other departments of the University or as 300- or 400-level courses in Sustainable Living. MBA students who take undergraduate courses will be required to do extra work commensurate with graduate-level credit.

Transfer Credit

Students who have taken graduate course work in business administration at another university and have not used those credits for a degree may apply to have those credits transferred to MUM and used as specialization, concentration or elective credits, up to a maximum of 20 credits.

The above information is subject to change any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in August 2012.

General Degree Requirements

Forest Academies

A Forest Academy is a two-week period of study of particular themes of Vedic Science, where students will explore, through direct experience and understanding, the most vital element in creation — the field of pure consciousness that is the inner intelligence at the basis of every individual and the entire universe.

Students are enrolled for one Forest Academy each semester, if they are enrolled for at least 4 blocks of classes. Students enrolled one year or less may not miss any Forest Academies. Students enrolled 1 1/2 years or longer may miss one Forest Academy. Forest Academy course descriptions

Development of Consciousness (DC) Courses

Completion of each semester’s Development of Consciousness course with a grade of P or H. Students are automatically enrolled in DC 520 or DC 535 for each semester they are enrolled.

Instructional Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Cumulative instructional GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Requirements

Requirements for a program of study, which may include completion of one of the following:

  • Thesis with an oral examination. When a thesis is part of the planned program, students consult with the department in the selection of a faculty member who is willing and able to direct the research and the writing of the thesis. The director may or may not be the original departmental academic advisor.
  • Comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination for the master’s degree may be in the form of a written or oral examination. The date for the examination is scheduled by the department. The student must be registered during the term in which the examination is taken.
  • Integrative final project with an oral presentation

The above information is subject to change any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in September 2008.

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