Students have the option of choosing one of three pathways based on their interests and professional goals.
The Low-Residency MDiv program with Online Buddhist Studies courses is for students who prefer to take all of the MDiv courses online, while also participating in the residential retreats in Colorado. This option provides the greatest degree of flexibility. It includes four core Buddhist Studies courses and four meditation courses offered online, six of which start in retreat. These courses offer a systematic grounding in the teachings, meditative practices, and history of Buddhism as a basis for your applied vocation.
The On-campus MDiv program with Online Buddhist Studies courses is for students who prefer an on-campus program, but choose to take the four core Buddhist Studies of the online MDiv—rather than the five on-campus courses of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies track (see below)—in addition to the four meditation courses on–campus. This option offers a systematic grounding in the teachings, meditative practices, and history of Buddhism.
The On-campus MDiv with On-campus Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies courses is designed for students who prefer the academic rigor of Naropa’s five traditional, on-campus, core Buddhist Studies courses on the Indo-Tibetan tradition, which include a course on Vajrayana Buddhism or Buddhism in Tibetan. These courses have an additional on-campus lecture each week compared with the four online Buddhist Studies courses. This option provides a particularly in-depth, systematic grounding in the teachings, meditative practices, and history of Buddhism. These students take the four meditation courses on-campus. They also have the option of taking electives in the Zen, Pure Land, and Theravada Living Traditions courses that are shared with the online students.
Some online courses start during a residential retreat and some are fully online courses. The online portion of both types of courses have varying combinations of online lectures, podcasts, contemplative exercises, threaded discussions, reflection exercises, and so forth.
Some on-campus courses start during a residential retreat and some do not. Courses that are taken by both on-campus and online students will have shared online lectures, audio podcasts, written materials etc. In addition, the on-campus courses will have a live, on-campus class each week for each course that is devoted to integrating the content presented online that week. The on-campus classes will use various combinations of live group discussions, experiential exercises, contemplative practices, small group work, and student presentations. Each of the five core Buddhist Studies courses will have a live, on-campus lecture each week, with some integration exercises. Other courses will be traditional, fully on-campus courses.