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 as a leader
in the human services sector.
This 72-credit, three-year accredited program takes an interfaith approach to individual
and community care. By combining rigorous academics, contemplative practice, and internship
work, you will acquire the self-knowledge and skills necessary to serve your community
as a wise and compassionate leader.
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
Complete a supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervised internship in a
healthcare setting, prison, ministry, or social service agency that combines academic
study, fieldwork, and personal reflection. .
Participate in regular small 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.
Naropa’s MDiv program meets the degree requirements for board certification with the
Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).
an in-depth knowledge of the teachings of Buddhism in its cultural and historical
an understanding of multiple religious traditions and practices.
ability and practices of interreligious dialogue, and contemporary spiritual/religious
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
To develop a personal spiritual journey that is sensitive to cultural context, religious
pluralism, and community diversity.
“A contemplative approach to spiritual care invites students to connect with a deep
compassion for the world in all of its beauty and brokenness. At the heart of chaplaincy
is a courageous love for life in its complexity.”