Master of Divinity

Learn the path of authentic spiritual care, from the inside out.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2020

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Low Residency MDiv with Buddhist Studies emphasis

On Campus MDiv with Buddhist Studies emphasis


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 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.

Students have the option of choosing one of two degree pathways based on their interests and professional goals. These pathways include different options for studying on-campus or online. 

Program graduates pursue diverse careers as hospice and hospital chaplains, prison and military chaplains, activists, professors, sangha leaders, and social entrepreneurs.



Master of Divinity Degree Features


  • Experience intensive group meditation, giving you direct experience into the nature of mind.
  • Complete an ACPE accredited chaplaincy internship through the Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy, in a hospital, hospice, prison, or community setting that combines academic study, contemplative practice, and earth based approaches to spiritual care.
  • Explore innovative contexts for chaplaincy such as eco-chaplaincy, movement chaplaincy, mindfulness leadership, the emerging field of psychedelic therapies, and other innovative contexts for care.
  • 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 with a contemplative and earth-based focus.

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 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
Assistant Professor, ACPE Certified Educator

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