Low-Residency Degree Programs
Get a contemplative education that fits your life.
At Naropa University, we recognize that not everyone can relocate to Boulder, Colo. That’s why we’ve created distance-learning programs that combine the high engagement of our campus experience with online classes.
What is a Low-Residency degree program?
Low-residency programs give you the flexibility of taking most of your classes online. By combining online learning with in-person intensives, which immerse you in contemplative practice and coursework—and build community—you can maintain your work and personal life and live the experience of contemplative education.
Naropa University’s low-residency degree programs
Choose from five master’s programs in the low-residency format:
MFA Creative Writing
MA Yoga Studies
75% of Graduate
The Beauty of Low-Residency
Master’s Programs at Naropa
Each low-residency degree program brings you to Colorado for in-person, in-depth experiences, while also allowing you to continue your work and community engagements.
For example, the Ecopsychology master’s starts with a thirteen-day residency, continues with a five-day campus intensive later in the program, then culminates in a rite-of-passage wilderness experience. The Yoga Studies program asks you to attend two in-person retreats that offer meditation immersion and introduce courses for the upcoming semester.
Naropa University’s Low-Residency Degree Programs
At the intersection of nature and mental health is the discipline of Ecopsychology. This two-year master’s degree in psychology online, offered in a low-residency format, explores the idea that people’s health and planetary health are inextricably intertwined.
Naropa’s two-to-three-year master’s in Yoga Studies offers an experiential and intellectually rigorous look at yoga’s history, philosophy and practices along with exposure to contemporary issues in the field such as cultural appropriation.
Naropa’s three-year master’s in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling takes a multidimensional approach to online degrees in counseling, emphasizing meditation practice, Gestalt principles, Jungian studies and body awareness.
Rooted in Buddhist philosophy, Naropa’s 3.5-year MDiv program combines theoretical religious studies and personal growth with practical chaplaincy experience.