Master of Divinity

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

Accepting Applications for Spring & Fall 2020

By the Numbers



Cost of tuition per credit for 2019-2020 academic year (recently reduced from $995/credit).



Of Naropa graduate students receive a scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship.



The average number of assistantships offered to Naropa graduate students every year.

At a Glance

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

This 72-credit, three-year accredited program takes an interreligious and interspiritual approach to individual and community care. Through rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and internship work, you will acquire the self-knowledge and skills necessary to lead and serve your community with wisdom and compassion.

Program graduates pursue diverse careers as case managers, hospice and hospital chaplains, prison and military chaplains, ministers, professors, and social entrepreneurs.



Master of Divinity Degree Features


  • Experience intensive group meditation, giving you direct experience into the nature of mind.
  • Complete a supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship in a hospital, hospice, prison, or non-profit setting that combines academic study, contemplative practice, fieldwork, and spiritual formation with process learning in a small group.
  • Participate in regular contemplative group process labs that will provide professional formation and integration throughout your MDiv 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). The ACPE approved Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy offers accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units.

Nitartha Institute

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



Credits Required


The Master of Divinity program at Naropa is a three-year interreligious and interspiritual 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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Program Learning Outcomes

  • To formulate a theological identity informed by:
    • an in-depth knowledge of the teachings of Buddhism in its cultural and historical context.
    • an understanding of multiple religious traditions and practices.
    • ability and practices of interreligious dialogue, and contemporary spiritual/religious phenomena.

  • To explore and understand meditative practices by theoretically and experientially exploring meditative and contemplative practices in Buddhism and other traditions, and thereby understanding the integral part they play in their respective traditions.
  • To develop chaplaincy skills grounded in theological identity and contemplative practice.
  • To develop, reflect, and integrate diverse cultures and religions into a personal journey. 
  • To develop a personal spiritual journey that is sensitive to cultural context, religious pluralism, and community diversity.


Jamie Beachy

Faculty Highlight

“A contemplative approach to spiritual care invites students to connect with a deep compassion for the world. At the heart of chaplaincy is a courageous love for life in its beauty and its brokeness.”

— Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv
Contemplative Chaplaincy Faculty, ACPE Certified Educator

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