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Aaron Hart

Grand Junction, CO

#1 Mar 25, 2010
The short version:
University Of Sedona is a serious metaphysical and theological University. It is not New Age fluff or mambo-jumbo. Nor is it a diploma mill – you actually have to earn your degree. If you’re looking for a quick easy degree in reading tea leaves, this is NOT the place!.

The long version:
The University Of Sedona is a private, post secondary, distance learning, theological school operating under the auspices of the International Metaphysical Ministry. IMM is a non-profit, religious exempt organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The curriculum is strictly non-secular and theological in nature. Students are prepared for Ministerial and other related careers in the holistic, New Thought branch of Metaphysical Theology.

The IMM voluntarily maintains extensive oversight, quality control, and critical evaluation of the University’s activities, and religious curriculum. Academic standards that are at least equal to that of most secular, accredited, post secondary educational institutions within the United States are strictly maintained. This is accomplished through both exam and Thesis/Dissertation review.

The University Of Sedona can trace its as a teaching institution, with its own unique philosophy over the last fifty years. This would include various educational and research facilities. The actual University Of Sedona, an independent entity as it exists today, was founded in 2003 by Dr. Paul Leon Masters. The University of Sedona applied for, and was granted, full legal right to award non-secular degrees up to Doctoral or Ph.D. level in the various ministerial specialties.

The International Metaphysical Ministry, which operates the University Of Sedona, is a worldwide New Thought Metaphysical Ministry having exposure in the domestic United States along with over seventy countries internationally. IMM has over fifty years of service in the private, post secondary religious field.

I graduated with a doctorate last year, and the University curriculum has profoundly changed my life. My mind has been opened to a multitude of new possibilities. My spiritual journey continues each and every day, and the improvements I've made in my life have been amazing.
Notashill

AOL

#2 Jun 13, 2010
Actully it never "applied for, and was granted, full legal right to award non-secular degrees up to Doctoral or Ph.D. level in the various ministerial specialties."

As a religious school it is EXEMPT from applying for the right to award degrees. It operates as an EXEMPTION becasue it is religious in nater, and have NEVER been authorized by the state to award degrees - it does so under an EXEMPTION, which is entirely different than "applied for, and was granted full legal right."
What they got was simply recognition that the state has no ability to control whatever a religious school does- quality or no quality....
Scotty Rushing

United States

#5 Dec 30, 2012
Notashill wrote:
Actully it never "applied for, and was granted, full legal right to award non-secular degrees up to Doctoral or Ph.D. level in the various ministerial specialties."
As a religious school it is EXEMPT from applying for the right to award degrees. It operates as an EXEMPTION becasue it is religious in nater, and have NEVER been authorized by the state to award degrees - it does so under an EXEMPTION, which is entirely different than "applied for, and was granted full legal right."
What they got was simply recognition that the state has no ability to control whatever a religious school does- quality or no quality....
So, the review from the graduate was literate, thoughtful, and grammatically correct. Yours was filled with spelling errors that a third grader wouldn't make.

Yeah, those degrees must be worthless.
DagMarine

UK

#6 Jun 8, 2013
Scotty Rushing wrote:
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So, the review from the graduate was literate, thoughtful, and grammatically correct.
But fundamentally inaccurate. Are you saying that grammar and spelling make up for inaccuracy?
Scotty Rushing wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, those degrees must be worthless.
They're not governed or regulated and can basically do as they please. Which is fine. But any organisation that produces a degree curriculum that can be completed in six months and a doctorate that can be achieved in twelve is issuing certificates that are not worthless, but aren't worth much more than the paper they're printed on.
MacGyver

Dallas, TX

#7 Jun 23, 2013
Organization is spelled with a "z."

Since: Jan 12

Philomath

#8 Jul 4, 2013
MacGyver wrote:
Organization is spelled with a "z."
Not in the UK, Tex.
Gway

Columbia, MD

#9 Jul 13, 2013
Actually if you take away the Excessive prerequisites that other colleges require and get right to the "meat" of your studies, it is possible to complete your degree in the time frame of 6 mos. to a year maybe two.
When I attended college, it was mandatory to take english 101 and 102, along with numerous math courses that I didn't need for my course of study. College isn't the time to figure out if someone can read, write, add and subtract. Just take the placement tests and go from there. A lot of that is a way for these schools to make more money.
I applaud IMM for getting to the "meat" of the course.
Jonathan Stratham

Boynton Beach, FL

#10 Sep 13, 2013
Perhaps those that remain critical of IMM should review their more than stringent requirements. Most sharing those views might have difficulty in preparing written satisfactions for degrees offered by this institution. It is hardly a superficial process.
The Truth

Houston, TX

#11 Nov 30, 2013
University of Sedona is a wonderful non-tradtional institution. I finished pre-med at a traditional institution and chose U of S for my Doctorate. The program at University of Sedona is great for a serious student that has completed a BA or BS at a traditional institution. There is nothing fake about this program. As we know, it's all about the might dollar with traditional accreditations. So don't let the non-traditional approach fool you. If you enroll here, you will work to earn your degree. There are very strict rules in place to protect the integrity of the institution. You will find their approach refreshing and unique.
Have Fun Everybody

Park Forest, IL

#12 Mar 6, 2014
I think if someone is looking for advance study on Metaphysics, without paying the hefty price tag, spending a lot of time, and without the expectation that they're going to receive the type of "degree" that our society values as "real", then the University of Sedona is for them.
There's nothing wrong with furthering your education and doing what you love. I took a MCSE certification course in technology from a non accredited school. However, I attended that school knowing that my industry didn't care about the type of school I attended. Later when I interviewed for my first tech job, my employer didn't care that I had a B.S in Finance, all he cared about was if I had the knowledge, skill and the certification.
So I'm thinking that in the world of Metaphysics, "employers" may be of the same opinion.
However, if I wanted to get my MBA, would I choose a non accredited school? Absolutely Not! Why? Because corporate America has the expectation that my MBA is from accredited school. So I'm going to do what I need to do, to give them what they want, so I can get what I want - a Job. If I was going to start my own company, then having an MBA from a non accredited school wouldn't matter.
University of Sedona may have rigorous programs - It's obvious from the statements made here from their Alums. Unfortunately, it's not the toughness of the work that makes a degree or a program accredited by societal standards, it's the accreditation that the school is awarded. This school and it's programs are not accredited by any traditional accreditation body. If all their students can live with that, what does it hurt?

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