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
Complete an ACPE accredited chaplaincy internship throughthe 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.
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.
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 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. 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