Master of Divinity
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Master of Divinity

Learn the path of authentic pastoral work, from the inside out.

Grounded in Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice, Naropa University’s Master of Divinity degree program is a professional, applied course of study that will prepare you personally and professionally for chaplaincy, teaching, spiritual community work, or as a leader in the human services sector.

This 72-credit, three-year accredited program takes an interfaith approach to individual and community care. By combining rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and internship work, you will acquire the self-knowledge and skills necessary to serve your community as a wise and compassionate leader.

Graduates of Naropa’s accredited Master of Divinity program pursue diverse careers as case managers, hospice and hospital chaplains, prison and military chaplains, ministers, professors, and social entrepreneurs.

Contemplative Education

Naropa University’s MDiv curriculum reflects the three pillars of contemplative education: rigorous academic study (third-person learning), cohort-based relational training and field educational experiences (second-person training), and development in personal contemplative practice (first-person training).

Choose your concentration:  History of Religions or Tibetan Tradition

Master of Divinity Degree Features

 

  • Experience intensive group meditation, giving you direct experience into the nature of mind.
  • Complete supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or a ministry internship that will provide you with direct pastoral experience and the opportunity to reflect on it.
  • Participate in regular small group Process Labs that will provide professional formation and integration throughout your M.Div. journey.
  • Benefit from small student cohort-based classrooms with access to faculty.


Professional Chaplaincy

Naropa’s MDiv program meets the degree requirements for board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Nitartha Institute

Take the Nitartha Institute’s Religious Studies Tibetan Tradition sequence of eight classes for a strong foundation in the study of Buddhism.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Complete a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervised internship in a healthcare setting, prison, ministry, or social service agency that combines academic study, on-site fieldwork, and personal reflection.

 

Credits Required

72

The Master of Divinity program at Naropa is a three-year ecumenical applied Religious Studies program rooted in the Buddhist tradition.

Degree Requirements
Jamil Scott

Alumni Highlight

Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church, Fresno, CA
Anti-racism activist

— Jamil Scott, MDiv '14
 

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Featured Master of Divinity Courses

  • Breeze of Simplicity: Meditation Weekend
  • Buddhism in America: Dharma Comes West
  • Spiritual Models of Social Action
  • Contemplative Communication in Spiritual Caregiving
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Judith Simmer-Brown

Faculty Highlight

“My goal is to help students find their own voices in classroom discussions, in presentation and in writing. In this way, learning is growing both the heart and mind in order to develop the gifts we have to offer the world.”

— Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies 

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