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Low-Residency Master of Divinity

Naropa University’s Low-Residency Master of Divinity prepares aspiring spiritual leaders for meaningful careers in chaplaincy, social entrepreneurship, academia and more.

If you feel called to a higher spiritual purpose but can’t change locations, Naropa’s Low-Residency Master of Divinity degree offers a solution. This three-year, 72-credit program allows you to complete the majority of courses and practicums right at home, while in-person retreats near our Boulder campus offer focused study and camaraderie.

Our Master of Divinity curriculum takes an interreligious, contemplative approach, emphasizing Buddhist philosophy, meditation and hands-on chaplaincy. Upon completion of Naropa’s MDiv, you will be on the path towards becoming a board-certified chaplain

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in Naropa’s Low-Residency Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity curriculum at Naropa University is unique in its dedication to creating skilled spiritual chaplains who can provide solace and healing in today’s changing world. In the words of Jamie Beachy, chair of Naropa’s Master of Divinity program, “the insights of contemplative chaplaincy, including the capacity to be warm-hearted while also having confidence in one’s capacity to navigate suffering, is very much needed in the world as crises seem to be intensifying.”

Consider the following courses from the Master of Divinity curriculum:

The Naropa Difference

Naropa offers one of the few Master of Divinity programs with a focus on contemplative practice. Indeed, a contemplative approach is integral to the Naropa mission and is woven into the fabric of our university’s culture and community. Compassionate service to others is the Naropa way, and we believe that living a contemplative life enhances one’s ability to serve.

Here’s where you’ll see the Naropa Difference within the Master of Divinity program.

A Compassionate Approach

Few Master of Divinity programs have experienced faculty who are so deeply dedicated to leading with compassion. Our professors listen more than they speak, engage deeply with the Naropa community and integrate contemplative practice as a way of life.

The Master of Divinity faculty at Naropa are authors, researchers and practitioners of Buddhist philosophy. They honor the wisdom of ancient traditions while also leading the way in psychedelic-assisted therapies and other groundbreaking approaches to spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.

Hands-on Learning

Naropa values hands-on learning experiences for students preparing to be counselors, educators, chaplains and community leaders. As such, each Master of Divinity student will gain firsthand experience in a clinical environment such as a hospital, hospice or nonprofit organization. These clinical pastoral internships will be created and supported by Naropa’s Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy.

Students Transformed

Student Transformed

What to Expect

Gain a deep understanding of your personal theological identity.
Know Who You Are
Facilitate healing through compassionate interreligious dialogue.
Help others discover the healing power of contemplative practice.
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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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