Graduate Academics

"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:

"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.