Religious Studies—Master of Divinity 

What if you could prepare your heart and soul to minister to others in a Buddhist-inspired environment?

The Master of Divinity degree at Naropa University is the professional applied Religious Studies degree designed to prepare you for pastoral work, chaplaincy, social service professions, and community engagement, using wisdom gleaned from Buddhist traditions.

Taught in Naropa's Buddhist-inspired context, the MDiv program will expose you to Buddhist teachings and contemplative practices while also emphasizing an interfaith approach to pastoral practice. (You don't need to be a practicing Buddhist to flourish in the program, but we encourage a strong interest and curiosity in Buddhism.)

A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and fieldwork experience based on your interests will give you the opportunity to integrate the intellectual, contemplative, and pastoral skills you have acquired in the program in a real-world context.

By asking you to participate in the contemplative work of Tibetan Buddhism, you will ready yourself to be of service in the world, developing the awareness, courage, and compassion necessary to serve others, whether they need a celebrant or someone to ease their sorrow.

Religious Studies Master of Divinity Degree Highlights

  • Join your contemplative practice with everyday life through immersion in weekend meditation programs that occur every semester.
  • Deepen your contemplative practice by attending a month-long meditation intensive.
  • Take part in small-group Process Labs, which provide emotional and spiritual support throughout your MDiv journey.
  • Choose a service-learning placement as either:
    • A field education internship in a religious institution, NGO, prison or other social service agency; OR 
    • A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervised internship in medical setting that provides on-call duty time as well as personal and theological reflection.
  • Research and write an MDiv thesis that integrates contemplative principles with personal interests and chaplaincy skills.

Duration: The Master of Divinity program is a 72-credit, three-year program.

Meet Religious Studies Faculty


Careers of Religious Studies MDiv Program Graduates

The Master of Divinity degree from Naropa allows you to serve in a pastoral capacity from a Buddhist perspective. We have graduates who are serving in hospice settings and ministers in Buddhist temples as well as interfaith churches. Others have gone on to become professors, spiritual care professionals in hospitals, prison chaplains, social workers, and other practitioners.

Other Naropa University Religious Studies Programs


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Master of Arts in Religious Studies with Language

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