"Naropa gives you the opportunity to study yourself in conjunction with studying the world, so you walk into it not being a stranger to yourself." — Arron Mansika, MA, (Environmental Leadership, 2004), Founder and co-owner, Boulder's Best Organics, and Director, Naturally Boulder, a trade association for natural products companies
Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts university that blends the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions in master's degree programs that stretch every part of your being.
Naropa balances rigorous academics with contemplative practice, community engagement, and experiential learning so you are equipped with both the theoretical underpinnings of your discipline as well as with the wisdom and skills to apply them. We offer progressive graduate degrees in:
- MA Art Therapy - Utilize the creative process to transform and heal body, mind, and emotional connections
- MA Contemplative Education (low residency) - Create compassionate, successful learning communities and effect meaningful educational reform in the classroom and beyond
- MA Contemplative Psychotherapy - Integrate therapeutic insights and methodologies of the East and West with your own quest for self-knowledge to create a compassionate clinical practice
- Master of Divinity - Explore Buddhist teachings and contemplative practice while taking an interfaith approach to pastoral practice
- MA Environmental Leadership - Creatively and compassionately lead the transformation toward an environmentally just and sustainable future
- MA Religious Studies - Study and experience the mystical traditions of the world's vast diversity of religious expression
- MA Religious Studies with Language - Explore the world's diverse religious traditions while studying Sanskrit and/or Tibetan language
- MA Somatic Counseling Psychology: Body Psychotherapy - Study the body, movement, and sensorimotor tracking to stimulate body-based awareness and heal the body, mind and spirit as an energetic whole
- MA Somatic Counseling Psychology: Dance/Movement Therapy - Explore the healing nature of the creative act, using movement to further the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual
- MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology - Explore counseling from a humanistic, transpersonal perspective while developing a therapeutic approach aligned with your interests, abilities, and talents
- MA Transpersonal Psychology: Ecopsychology (low residency) - Deepen your understanding of human-nature relationships through the integration of psychology and ecology
- MA Wilderness Therapy - Explore the value of ecology, nature, and the outdoors as psychological counseling aids and become empowered to work in both wilderness and traditional clinical settings
- MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance - Develop as an artist, individual, and activist, creating socially and politically relevant theater in the context of a strong ensemble
- MFA Writing & Poetics - Experiment with innovative prose, poetry, and cross-genre composition while also exploring publishing, letterpress printing, pedagogy, and contemplative practice
- MFA Creative Writing (low residency) - Please note, this program will not be accepting students until fall 2015.
"At Naropa you are studying with people who are world-renowned experts on the world's great faiths and their practices. There is no other place where you can get an education like it." — Marcus Perlman, MA (Religious Studies with Language, 2007); Director of Research, Tsadra Foundation, a nonprofit funding organization promoting Tibetan Buddhist scholarship and practice in the West.
You'll find that graduate students are attracted to Naropa not only because of our spectacular setting at the base of Boulder's foothills, but also because they want to work closely with faculty members, many of whom are internationally recognized scholars and authors, who will help prepare them to create careers—and lives—that are personally fulfilling and humane.
"There's an old saying that the happiest people are those who make their passion their life's work. My master's degree in Ecopsychology from Naropa allowed me to create a dream career for myself by building upon my existing skills and experience." — Margaret Emerson, MA (Transpersonal Psychology: Ecopsychology, 2009); author, "Contemplative Hiking: Along the Colorado Front Range;" freelance writer, graphic artist and leader of contemplative nature experiences
What do Naropa graduate alumni do? Naropa master's degree graduates create eclectic, meaningful careers. Our alums are social entrepreneurs, professors, psychologists, writers, dancers, hospice caregivers, sustainable farmers, post docs, non-profit executive directors — engaged professionals who are transforming the world and making it a far more interesting place.