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Maharishi University of Management: What makes the Computer Professionals graduate degree programme unique?
by Global Good News staff writer

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15 January 2013

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)—also known as the Computer Professionals Program—at Maharishi University of Management has been one of the most popular degree programmes at the university, with many successful graduates employed at major companies throughout the world. Dr Keith Levi, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, explained a few of the reasons.

In addition to heading the Computer Science Department, Dr Levi has had extensive experience in the field. He worked for Honeywell Systems and Research Center as a Senior Principal Research Scientist on applications of artificial intelligence and expert systems to human-machine interface problems. He has been a principal or associate investigator on research awards from the Air Force's Wright Research and Development Center, the Office of Naval Research, and the United Nations' Industrial Development Office.

Dr Levi explained what he feels makes the graduate-level computer science programme unique and highly successful.

'First, the degree is an MSCS [Master of Science in Computer Science] with an emphasis in software engineering. Software engineering programmes tend to be larger and more professionally oriented than the more traditional academic MSCS programmes.'

For example, he said, large universities often enroll only 25 graduate students in their traditional Computer Science programmes, but Maharishi University of Management enrolls 150 students or more each year.

Another reason the programme at Maharishi University of Management is successful, said Dr Levi, is because 'we have very highly qualified students from all over the world'.

One thing that draws the students is that many of the most qualified receive full financial aid.

'The way this works is that the university provides a loan for them when they are doing their studies, and then they repay that loan once they get a position and are working as their practicum, once they finish up the degree.'

Added Dr Levi, 'Another unique aspect of the programme is that students come to campus for about eight months of full-time studies.' Next they complete the remaining part of the programme part time, while they are working with a US company.

In addition to these aspects of the curriculum and programme structure, all students at MUM learn a simple, systematic scientific technique for reducing stress, and increasing creativity and problem-solving abilities. Students in the MSCS consider the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique one of the keys to their academic and professional success.

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