Frequently Asked Questions
Your spiritual journey is important to us. To help you make a well-informed decision, we created a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.
Please contact us if we can be of further assistance. Our knowledgeable and courteous administrative staff will gladly assist you with any questions you may have.
What is the definition of metaphysics?
What is Metaphysics?
If you or someone you know has ever asked, “What is metaphysics?” here is our in-depth response.
- Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that studies the ultimate nature of existence, reality, and experience without being bound to any one theological doctrine or dogma.
- Metaphysics acknowledges and respects the beauty in ALL of God’s Creation.
- Metaphysics is religion without dogma.
- Metaphysics does not explore religious beliefs and laws created by man, but rather, it explores the immutable laws of nature, set by The Creator, God, in the creation of the Universe.
- Metaphysics includes all religions but transcends them all.
- Metaphysics is the study of ultimate cause in the Universe.
- Metaphysics is the only science capable of inquiring beyond physical and human science.
In academic universities, metaphysics is taught under the subject speculative philosophy. At our non- secular, spiritually focused universities, we see metaphysics as the search for truth, purpose, and meaning in life, which we believe can be found through spiritual introspection and personal experiences (such as mindfulness meditation).
In a more absolute sense, we like to think of metaphysics as dealing with the basic questions of life asked by anyone who has truly paused to reflect on our earthly existence—whether, for example, there is a meaning or purpose to life; whether there are universal truths that can be found or proven; whether God exists; whether humans have a soul, and if so, why; whether pain and loneliness are inevitable in life; whether one can truly find the way to happiness.
We teach metaphysics based on Dr. Masters’ spiritual-psychology consciousness research conducted over decades. The International Metaphysical Ministry honors all religions, spiritual paths, faiths, and beliefs.
For more detailed information about metaphysics, please see our detailed statement posted on our home page under About Us. For more on Dr. Masters’ consciousness research, look under Founder, also under About Us.
About the University of Metaphysics & University of Sedona
What is our commitment to students and graduates?
The International Metaphysical Ministry and its two schools, the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics, strive to be proactive in meeting the current and future needs of its students and graduates, while protecting and maintaining the vision of our Founder, Dr. Paul Leon Masters. Whether it involves embracing new technologies and security measures or offering new, trending degrees and innovative student tools to make earning a degree easier and more rewarding, we fully and gratefully support our students and alumni. Our knowledgeable and caring staff goes that extra mile to:
- Promptly respond to all inquiries
- Offer personal assistance
- Treat students and graduates with the kindness and respect they deserve
- Act from a place of integrity and morality
- Practice exceptional business ethics
- Focus on what is in the best interest for students and alumni
- Listen with the heart
What are our students and alumni saying about us?
Many of our students have told us that no matter how much they knew when they came into the program, they gain new and important insights from working through the lesson modules and writing their theses and dissertations–– many of which are “life changing,” according to their heart-felt testimonies. Check out their candid comments about us by selecting either link below:
What is the University’s history?
Initially established in 1959 as the Institute of Parapsychology in Beverly Hills, California, by Dr. Paul Leon Masters, 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. The International Metaphysical Ministry is a non-profit, religious, exempt organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The curriculum of both Universities is strictly non-secular and theological in nature in the holistic, new thought, transcendent, transpersonal, and mystical branches of metaphysical theology.
Both the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona have a history of a curriculum that has been evolving for over six decades. Today, each university stands alone as an independent entity. Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Paul Leon Masters, the University of Metaphysics applied for and was granted the legal right to award non-secular degrees up to the doctoral level in 1976. In 2003, the University of Sedona began operating under the same legal right in the State of Arizona.
What experience does your organization have?
Dr. Masters, Founder of the International Metaphysical Ministry University System, which includes the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona, completed over six decades of research and teaching in practically all phases of metaphysics from A to Z––alchemy and astrology to Zen and Zoroastrianism. His loyal and capable staff is continuing his legacy.
To date, the University System has 14,000 graduates who serve as ministers, teachers, metaphysical counselors, and holistic life coaches in over 120 countries. Many of them have several doctoral degrees from the University and others are expanding their metaphysical studies through graduate-level Continuing Education classes offered by the University.
What makes you different from other Metaphysical schools?
Our roots can be traced back to 1959. The University of Metaphysics and University of Sedona together make up the world’s largest metaphysical degree-granting, distance-learning universities, with an ever-expanding curriculum based on decades of consciousness research with thousands of students and graduates located in over 120 countries.
You are not alone: Unlike some distance-learning metaphysics schools, we have a highly capable staff available to answer any questions that arise as you work your way through the course material. In addition, each master’s and doctoral student is assigned a thesis and/or dissertation advisor to help you write the best research paper you are capable of, to motivate you, to keep you up-to-date with the latest student tools, to address any concerns you may have, and to help you navigate the system.
In addition, our metaphysical university is a non-profit 501c3, which means we aren’t in it for the money. Our goal is to provide affordable education in advanced holistic, new thought metaphysics, as well as transpersonal, transcendent, and theocentric metaphysical forms of spirituality to anyone interested in pursuing a higher education degree in metaphysics while learning higher spiritual truths.
Does your organization have a long-standing reputation?
The International Metaphysical Ministry University System enjoys an unblemished history of over half a century
Does the organization reflect integrity?
Our intention has always been to bring further legitimacy to the metaphysical field to ensure that higher metaphysical education and metaphysical spirituality gain further acceptance in the world.
Do I have to attend a campus?
All our programs are distance learning, which you complete from the comfort of your home. You have the flexibility and freedom to structure your studies according to your life commitments and circumstances. You can choose to study with downloadable electronic materials (no extra fee) or hard-copy materials (additional fee).
Why do you have two universities in your system?
We offer doctoral degrees through both the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics for three reasons. First, our Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., program is exclusive to the University of Sedona. Second, some students live in communities or parts of the world where the word metaphysics is not understood or accepted. Third, some students prefer “metaphysics” on their diploma because it establishes them as an expert in their field.
Do the universities offer a successful, relevant spiritual education?
Our University System has more ordained metaphysical ministers and metaphysical practitioners than any metaphysical college in the world.
What is the size of the University?
Our University System has 14,000 graduates who serve as ministers, teachers, metaphysical counselors, holistic life coaches, and metaphysical healing specialists in over 120 countries.
How many graduates do you have?
There are over 14,000 graduates in 120 countries worldwide.
How many students do you have?
There are currently over 8,000 active students and 14,000 graduates worldwide.
Where are you located? (Take a 360° Virtual Tour)
Our University System Administration Office and Student Service and Support Center is located in the metaphysical capital of the U.S., Sedona, Arizona.
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Where are your classrooms located?
We are a distance-learning university. You can take your courses at home or on the road, wherever you please.
Who is your Founder?
Dr. Paul Leon Masters was the founder and president, before his transition on January 10, 2016. He now guides his capable and dedicated board members and staff in spirit as they move forward, continuing his vision, teachings, and legacy. To learn more, view our IMM Team Page.