Review: University Of Sedona

Review: University Of Sedona

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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

Dagenham, 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:
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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

Delray 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?
Jonathan Stratham

Boynton Beach, FL

#13 Oct 1, 2014
Perhaps the critics might take some time to review the doctoral requirements for Sedona. They are quite rigorous comparing favorably with traditional universities. Further the prejudice stems from hostility towards metaphysics per se albeit accepted internationally as a viable field of study.
Gross

Washington, DC

#14 Jan 3, 2015
Divine Love and light everyone,

My husband and I are trying to apply to IMM and decided to a little research on it. Well, I have read all of the reviews here, and I am thankful that I did. I am thankful for an institution like IMM who is teaching people how to cultivate the divine self. What is the purpose of life? The purpose of life is to honor and acknowledge the divine father-mother God, all living things seen and unseen.

Peace, love, and abundant light to all of you.

Since: Jan 12

Philomath

#15 Jan 3, 2015
Ahem......boy, are YOU ever in for a surprise...!
Joseph D

Ottawa, Canada

#16 Jan 14, 2015
Hi the University of Sedona doctoral program requires a total of 66 exams covering their program modules, a master's thesis (with a minimum word count of six thousand words), and a doctoral dissertation (with a minimum word count of ten thousand words to a maximum of twenty-five thousand words). Pretty stringent indeed. Program takes 2-4 years of study.
Joseph D

Montréal, Canada

#17 May 19, 2015
Joseph D wrote:
Hi the University of Sedona doctoral program requires a total of 66 exams covering their program modules, a master's thesis (with a minimum word count of six thousand words), and a doctoral dissertation (with a minimum word count of ten thousand words to a maximum of twenty-five thousand words). Pretty stringent indeed. Program takes 2-4 years of study.
I was pleased to find that the academic guidelines of the, IMM state that they are implementing software from turnitin.com to detect and report on plagiarism, and all research papers (master's theses and doctoral dissertations) will be reviewed in this manner. Nice job IMM!
Barb

Ajax, Canada

#18 Jun 7, 2015
DagMarine wrote:
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But fundamentally inaccurate. Are you saying that grammar and spelling make up for inaccuracy?
<quoted text>
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.
"I recently signed up to take my doctorate. From my point of view it is not specifically for the doctorate or the diploma or the letters I may add to my name, but for the immense amount of information and education I have access to from the 50 plus years of this Universities operating within the metaphysical sciences world.
DrLinda

Vancouver, Canada

#19 Sep 7, 2015
somebody said that their dissertation requires a minimum of 10,000 words...that's less than 10 pages folks...what a joke...I find it insulting when institutions like this offer such degrees, when we who had to do some 10 years of university to acquire that PhD...and the public equate you with someone from such a place as they prance around calling themselves Doctor so and so. It should be illegal for them to do so.

Since: Jan 12

Philomath

#20 Oct 13, 2015
They should be called PhUDs - Phony Unearned Degrees.

It's like referring to rappers as "musicians".

Since: Oct 15

Hollywood, FL

#21 Oct 15, 2015
DrLinda wrote:
somebody said that their dissertation requires a minimum of 10,000 words...that's less than 10 pages folks...what a joke...I find it insulting when institutions like this offer such degrees, when we who had to do some 10 years of university to acquire that PhD...and the public equate you with someone from such a place as they prance around calling themselves Doctor so and so. It should be illegal for them to do so.
As most SHOULD know, 6,000 words, double spaced, which is the spacing standard for most institutions will give you 30 to 38 pages and this is without the cover pages. I don't know what math is being used here, but you might need to re-examine your knowledge /information on the format for Thesis and Dissertations. It seems to me that many of the criticisms are coming from a personal issues and misplaced dislike, that does not have much to do with the IMM, but the possible dissatisfaction of one or more who have not accomplished what they really want out of life. Those who criticize others and things, usually are striving to bring it or them down to their own level. The word opinion means "being involved in the process of seeing or observing." If you have not been or are not apart of the IMM, by what authority or real right do you speak from or with? When it comes to your opinion, you don't have one, because you have not observed anything but your own guess work.

Since: Oct 15

Hollywood, FL

#22 Oct 15, 2015
Melchesidic1 wrote:
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As most SHOULD know, 6,000 words, double spaced, which is the spacing standard for most institutions will give you 30 to 38 pages and this is without the cover pages. I don't know what math is being used here, but you might need to re-examine your knowledge /information on the format for Thesis and Dissertations. It seems to me that many of the criticisms are coming from a personal issues and misplaced dislike, that does not have much to do with the IMM, but the possible dissatisfaction of one or more who have not accomplished what they really want out of life. Those who criticize others and things, usually are striving to bring it or them down to their own level. The word opinion means "being involved in the process of seeing or observing." If you have not been or are not apart of the IMM, by what authority or real right do you speak from or with? When it comes to your opinion, you don't have one, because you have not observed anything but your own guess work.
This is really not hard. For those of you who have attended traditional Universities, and earned your Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degrees, you have taken many extra classes, some of which had nothing at all to do with your concentration. Non-secular or spiritual degrees like DD., D.min., M.hd, D.Msc, do not require the extra classes or time because you are not dealing with secular details, your dealing with the inner man/ woman. Does this mean that those who have earned these spiritual degrees are not qualified in their field? No, it does not mean that. A preacher who has studied comparative religion, and earned his doctorate in seminary, still did not spend as many years in school as the traditional student. However, I dare you attempt to match wits with him or her with your traditional degree that is not in that field. This is why unity is important, because instead of tearing down what someone else is doing to be better for their particular purpose on this earth, we should be encouraging one another to go higher. What is for one, is not necessarily for another. I applaud all individuals for doing better for self, no matter what field it's in. If you are in the position to help someone else other than yourself, and truly make an effective difference in this crazy and judgmental world, you have accomplished alot!

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