College of Inner Awareness, Metaphysical and Spiritual Studies
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The College of Inner Awareness, Metaphysical and Spiritual Studies is the rebranded and watered down version of The College of Metaphysical Studies, an unaccredited college formerly located in Clearwater, Florida that specializes in teaching metaphysical philosophy and metaphysical ministries. They currently teach homeopathy and various other "natural" healing techniques as well as "New Thought" subjects. Basically, it's chock full of crank magnetism within the large and amorphous field of New Age, including spiritualism, shamanism (probably of the plastic variety), neopaganism, all kinds of paranormal woo, and out-and-out magic. The founder of The College of Metaphysical Studies, Dr. Paul Daniele, died in 2009 leaving the school in disarray, ultimately closing under a voluntary dissolution in 2013. The "school" reopened with no physical campus save for a post office box in Largo, Florida.
The school presents fields of study in two divisions, Natural Healing and Ministerial Education (Pastoral Studies).
The Natural Healing unit offers a number of degrees at the associate, bachelor and master's degree levels in fields such as "Metaphysical Healing Arts," "Natural Healing Studies," and "Biofield Healing." The Pastoral Studies unit offers degrees in "Metaphysical Healing Arts," "Metaphysical Science," and Theology.
Despite being unaccredited the College of Metaphysical Studies was not what someone could call a diploma mill. For their graduate programs a 50,000 word thesis is required for doctoral level work and doctoral theses are looked over by a committee of three people (much like an actual university), and there is an actual teaching staff as well. Plus earning a degree from CMS takes the same time as an actual college degree from an accredited college or university. IAMSS however, life experience credits are accepted and the actual location of the school is ambiguous.
- College of Metaphysical Studies — General Information and College of Metaphysical Studies — FAQ
- The College of Metaphysical Studies Inc. Florida Department of State. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.