The following degrees and certification programs are issued by the College of Metaphysical Studies at the present time.
CMS degree programs are designed solely for religious, spiritual, metaphysical and holistic vocations. (Section 246. 084 (1) (b),(c),(i), Florida Statutes)
Your development should be an enjoyable experience. The information contained in our courses is meant to simply state the established facts and allow you to progress further with a solid foundation and a better understanding. We urge you to approach this material with a light heart and an open mind. We suggest that you question as you progress and accept only that with which you feel comfortable. Never lose sight of the fact that the abilities you have are meant to be used for the love of the Divinity of your choice and for the good of humanity.
In some cases we are able to make arrangements for students to study and receive degrees that are custom made for a particular area of expertise. This cannot be done in all subjects, but if you are interested in studying for a degree which is not listed, contact the CMS Dean of Education.
Occasionally CMS awards an "Honorary Degree of Divinity" for meritorious recognition rather than academic coursework. This occurs only when the individual has met the rigid requirements set up by our Academic/Pastoral Board.
No honorary degree may have substantially the same name as any earned degree given by an institution in Florida. For example, “Doctor of Philosophy” cannot be given as an honorary degree, but “Doctor of Divinity” can be. Each honorary degree shall prominently bear on its face the words, “honorary degree.” (Rule 6E-1.0041, Florida Administrative Code)
To obtain an Associates degree, a student must be a high school graduate or equivalent. A student must have a Bachelor's degree before being permitted to study for a Master's degree, and must have a Master's degree before being permitted to study for a Doctor's degree.
To obtain an Associate degree, a student must successfully complete at least 60 semester credit hours of study.
Associate Degree Core Requirements: The Associates Degree Programs form the basic foundation for all undergraduate (bachelor) and post graduate level degrees and NAMI certification programs. All applicants must successfully complete the core requirements in order to be considered for graduation or NAMI certification.
To obtain a Bachelor's degree, a student must successfully complete at least 120 semester credit hours of study (including the 60 semester credit hours needed for an Associate degree). A student successfully completing the requirements to receive a CMS Associate degree may apply those credit hours to a bachelor degree.
To obtain a Master's degree, a student must complete 30 semester credit hours beyond the Bachelor's degree and a professionally bound Masters thesis 50 pages 8½ x 11 typewritten double spaced (approximately 25,000 words). You can bypass the thesis by doing an additional 6 semester credit hours of course work.
To obtain a Doctor's degree, a student must complete 60 semester credit hours beyond the Master's degree and complete a professionally bound Doctoral dissertation 120 pages 8½ x 11 typewritten double spaced (approximately 50,000 words). Other courses cannot be substituted for the Doctoral dissertation.
For the Master's and Doctor's degrees, all courses must be designated by the Dean of Education and are considered graduate level courses.
In certain instances individuals apply for a bachelor's degree, or for some other degree, and have already completed nearly all the credit hours, or more than the number required for a degree. Due to circumstances beyond their control, they have not obtained their degree. This is often true of military or ex-military personnel, as well as those who work for companies that move them to a new location before they can complete their degree. The Academic Board of CMS is willing to review the qualifications of special cases and work out a way they can complete the degree they have rightfully earned. Usually we require them to complete only 15 semester credit hours of course work through CMS to complete their degree. We suggest that individuals who feel they may qualify as a "Special Student" submit their application, along with all transcripts of previous studies for an evaluation of their situation. An evaluation for any degree cannot be made unless the enrollment application and enrollment fee have been submitted. In this case the application/enrollment fee is not refundable as it covers the cost of the evaluation.
Course prerequisites are developed by the CMS Dean of Education with the intent of promoting student success. Courses are individually reviewed to assure that prerequisites are a valid measure of readiness for student success. Criteria used to establish prerequisites include, but are not limited to, the following:
Most prerequisites are in degree programs within sequential content areas. A course may be established as a prerequisite for another course provided that skills, concepts and/or information taught in the first course are presupposed in the second course;
Other prerequisite criteria may be developed and utilized by CMS and will be made available through the office of the Dean of Education.
Challenge of Prerequisite
Students who have reason to believe that they have already fulfilled a prerequisite, may challenge the prerequisite. The student is responsible to provide compelling evidence to substantiate the challenge claim.
The CMS bases its curriculum on the information disclosed by a careful analysis of Metaphysics and the Truth revealed in faith that can be applied and interpreted to meet the challenges of the new millennium. CMS teaches a living spirituality recognizing and assimilating the contributions and revelations of the arts and sciences and all living faiths. The courses are for the most part, a compilation of many metaphysical/religious/spiritual authors of their times. The information contained in our courses simply states the established facts and allows the student to progress further with a solid foundation and a better understanding. CMS urges each student to question as you progress and accept only that with which you feel comfortable. Each course contains a bibliography of the material and authors used in that course. Bibliographies may be obtained by contacting the Dean of Education, CMS.
The curriculum for the CMS Education Programs has been developed out of the foregoing objectives for metaphysical education, full appreciation of the actual functions involved in a metaphysical/spiritual environment, and devotion to the growth and unfoldment of the students enrolled in this program. The curriculum involves three major kinds of learning:
Foundation Studies: These individual disciplines are studied so that you can establish the foundation for your own reflection on metaphysical, spiritual and factual issues.
The Discipline: To study to become a metaphysical practitioner is to study a comprehensive life-style, a life-style of the whole person, which is not just Metaphysics, or Meditation, or History, or Counseling, or Communications, but is all of these and more. While these subjects are important and necessary to learn individually, the study for the metaphysical profession itself is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The whole of metaphysical service includes the consciousness and skills needed to minister and teach. As consciousness, metaphysical service is an expression of the feelings, thoughts, values and beliefs of the one who serves. You will learn to think of the metaphysical profession in terms of specific functions and then to ground these functions in your own consciousness using the various disciplines and perspectives you have learned.
Developing a Personal Belief System: This is the central method of learning the curriculum and is meant to tie all other kinds of learning together into one purpose. You will develop a clearly articulated personal belief system. The goal of this study is to help you systematically consider what you believe and to organize that belief in a way that can be effectively communicated to others.
This learning method is used because we know that students graduating from the CMS practitioner program and assuming leadership positions in the New Age/New Thought movements do not take with them separate disciplines such as Metaphysics or Healing, or the Ministry. Rather they take with them a developed or underdeveloped, effective or ineffective consciousness (belief system) made up of their beliefs, revelations, convictions, and experiences that is externalized through them as a practitioner.
CMS recognizes that students come into this program with a personal belief system already functioning. Then the disciplines of Metaphysics, Spiritual Awareness, Healing and Intuitive Development are either effectively or ineffectively integrated into that belief system. It is our conviction that the chosen education must not only present the basic disciplines, but must include the process of the student's reflection upon their individual belief system, and encourage and support its unfoldment. CMS seeks to help you surface your own individual belief system and reflect upon it in an organized way. It is clearly understood that a person's beliefs and concept of their service will continually unfold. This helps you begin the formal process of thinking through and clarifying what your system or belief really is and how you want to present it. The following features are emphasized:
1. Exploration of the relationship between your personal belief system and the New Age/New Thought belief systems. New Age/New Thought belief systems are the formulation of thought and belief recognized by those who make up the New Age/New Thought movements. These belief systems are primarily found in writings and practices used by the New Age/New Thought movements and, in many instances, compiled by the CMS into course format.
2. Integrative – you consciously merge the foundation disciplines and your own unique system of thought and ministry.
3. Functional – the belief system stresses the function of your beliefs in your work. You explore the question, "What do my beliefs cause me to do in my service as a practitioner?"
The development of your individual belief system continues throughout the entire course of study. Upon the completion of each study discipline you will be required to prepare a definitive statement (thesis) of your understanding of what it means to you to be a metaphysical practitioner.
Our innovative Self-Design Degree Program allows graduate students to elect their own field and major area of study. Students are required to complete the required core courses. The remainder of the courses in their curriculum may be self-design. The Self-Design Degree Program is a collaborative arrangement between graduate-study students and faculty advisors. Once approved, the student then moves through the curriculum at his or her own pace. Communication occurs between the student and the faculty advisor with the faculty advisor providing support, guidance and mentorship. This program is not available to undergraduate students.
What is an Undeclared Specialty or Major? (It is one of the most popular degree programs in American Colleges and Universities.) Many students are uncertain as to what area of study they would like to pursue. Students usually have so many interests that they have difficulty narrowing their choices from among a variety of areas.
On average, two out of every three university students change specialties at least once. In fact, many students change their specialties several times. Some educators even encourage new students to wait until they have tried a variety of courses before actually declaring a specialty or major.
CMS students have the advantage of a Faculty Advisor who works with them on their specialty and career selection process. New students are especially encouraged to work closely with their faculty advisor early in their learning experience.
When do I have to declare a Specialty? You should begin the courses specific to your degree program early in your CMS learning experience. Students must formally declare a specialty once they have completed an Associate Degree. Some programs, however, have a more structured order in which courses must be completed. Students should declare their intentions as early as possible.
Can I change my specialty? With the approval of the faculty advisor, students may declare a new specialty as often as they wish. Graduation delays occur when students switch specialties too frequently and are unable to complete the necessary courses.
If I am undeclared, how will I register for courses? All new CMS students are assigned an adviser – someone to monitor your progress, help you explore areas of interest, register you for courses and guide you through your learning experience at CMS.
All students, regardless of their specialty or education program, are required to take a series of prescribed courses through the General Education or Foundation curriculum. Students who have not declared a specialty can start taking the General Education courses along with electives that may become part of a specialty.
A Liberal Arts college or university curriculum is aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. Liberal arts are often used as a synonym for humanities, because literature, languages, history, and philosophy are often considered the primary subjects of the liberal arts.
In the United States, liberal arts colleges are still a particular kind of higher education institution that are typified by their rejection of more direct vocational education during undergraduate studies. Students at these schools typically have to take a set of general education requirements including natural science, social science, history, writing, literature, math, and art/music. Following completion of their undergraduate studies at liberal arts colleges, graduates often do obtain specialized training by going to other institutions, such as professional schools (for instance, in business, law, medicine, or theology) or graduate schools. At CMS we can offer the student both.
CMS recognizes the importance of students having the opportunity to reflect on their own individual learning and growth processes. Planned time is structured into each course of study for this kind of reflection.