The University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona are private, postsecondary, distance learning theological schools operating under the auspices of the International Metaphysical Ministry (IMM). The IMM is a non-profit, religious organization designated as “religious exempt” by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The curricula of both Universities are strictly non-secular and theological in nature—in the Holistic New Thought Transcendent branch of Metaphysical Theology.
Beginning in 1959 Dr. Masters established educational and research facilities in New Thought Metaphysical studies. His activities evolved first into the International Metaphysical Ministry, granting students the right to minister. In 1976 he applied for and was granted the legal right to award non-secular degrees up to the Doctoral or Ph.D. level through the University of Metaphysics. In 2003, Dr. Masters applied to have the University of Sedona begin operating under the same legal right as that of the University of Metaphysics, but offering only doctoral degrees.
The University of Metaphysics provides an accelerated undergraduate program that serves both schools. Each university has its own accelerated doctoral degree program. Thus, students enrolling in a doctoral program with the University of Sedona will receive their Bachelor’s Degree, Ministerial Practitioner’s Diploma, Ministerial Ordination Certificate, and Master’s Degree through the University of Metaphysics. Doctoral Degrees will be awarded from both the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona.
Since both Universities are totally focused on a Holistic New Thought Transcendent Theological curriculum, they each legally exist beyond the scope of the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1965. As there is no official agency governing metaphysical education in the U.S., the IMM maintains extensive oversight, quality control, and critical evaluation of the Universities’ activities and curricula. The IMM ensures, through examination, thesis, and dissertation review, that both Universities maintain the highest academic standards for Metaphysical education.
The IMM has over five decades of service and experience in the private, postsecondary religious field, with students and graduates not only in the United States and its territories, but also in over 120 other countries. Internationally IMM has over 7,000 active ministries. The IMM remains respectful of the individuality and independence of our Metaphysical graduates, ministers, teachers, and practitioners, encouraging independent research, the use of individual talents, modalities, and points of view, with the only requirement being that they stay true to the basic precepts of their Metaphysical education from the Founder.
It is the goal of the IMM University System to ensure that our graduates will always be able to take pride in their alma mater and be able to say with integrity and confidence, “I received my degrees from the most respected Metaphysical university in the world.”
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