BA Psychology Online

Looking for a psychology program that will teach you to change the world? Start from within. In Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program, you'll prepare for a career of service by seeking self-knowledge and cultivating compassion.

Naropa’s Online Bachelor's in Psychology integrates contemplative teachings, Buddhist psychology, modern psychology, and neuroscience in an undergraduate degree program that prepares you to serve others with confidence and compassion. You’ll become a contemplative change maker while sharpening your mind, honing your intuition, and deepening your experience of mindfulness.

Not everyone has the flexibility to move across the country for a transformative university experience. Now, self-motivated independent learners like you no longer have to. Contemplative practice and experiential learning—hallmarks of Naropa’s on-campus programs since its founding—are integrated into the online coursework, making this program a truly unique distance learning opportunity.

With tracks in Mindfulness and Science, Naropa's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online will help you grow into your future career while you explore your individual interests and how you want to make a difference.


This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and unlock your potential.

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Learn from internationally recognized faculty in a psychology school that views learning as a journey. Naropa's Online BA in psychology starts at the center of the individual with Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice before moving into traditional and psychological theories.

Take courses in mindfulness or neuroscience through your chosen track before diving into a transformative senior year capstone experience. Discover an undergraduate experience that expands your self-awareness while deepening your capacity to serve. Courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online include:

  • Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation
  • Learning from Trauma: Understanding Its Effects and Building Personal Resources
  • Cognitive Science
  • Senior Seminar I: Transformational Psychology: The Group Experience

See the full 21–22 course catalog.


Mindfulness Track

Explore a diversity of ancient and modern healing methodologies through an academic and personal exploration of mindfulness. Engage in both Western and Buddhist approaches to psychological theory and cultivate relational, social, and psychological skills, including embodied presence, deep listening, compassionate inquiry, and meditation.

Science Track

Blend traditional psychological research methods with cognitive neuroscience and meditative experience as you explore research on embodiment, perception, emotion, consciousness, and more. Learn to use contemplative practice as laboratory for investigating your own mind and brain, and gain real-world research experience by designing a contemplative neuroscience study of your own.


Naropa's Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology integrates training in modern psychology and neuroscience with a deeply contemplative approach and a commitment to service. We’ll help you chart your unique path for bringing your light to others.

Contemplative Approach

In Naropa's Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, you're joining an innovative psychology school with a long tradition of Buddhist psychology and related contemplative approaches. The beginnings of contemplative psychology started at Naropa when Trungpa Rinpoche brought Buddhist philosophy and self-awareness to the Western social science of psychology. Today, the bachelor's in psychology program at Naropa is steeped in mindfulness and compassion principles, and guided by the idea that psychological health and well-being are innate.

Research Opportunities

Naropa's BA in Psychology Online offers collaborative research opportunities with world-renowned faculty. As the psychology school at the forefront of contemplative psychology in the West, Naropa is dedicated to understanding how contemplative practices affect individuals and communities. The Cognitive and Affective Science Lab engages the next generation of contemplative scientists in research at the intersection of ancient contemplative practices and modern psychological science. Psychology majors can join research efforts that are advancing the world's understanding of meditation and other phenomena related to human consciousness.

Senior Year Synthesis

Your online bachelor's degree in psychology culminates in a senior-year capstone experience: an exploration of Maitri Space Awareness or Contemplative Neuroscience, a community field placement focusing on social change, and a multidisciplinary senior project aimed at challenging both intellect and intuition. Whether your track is Mindfulness or Science, your capstone experience will integrate your area of focus with the core curriculum. Your senior year in Naropa’s bachelor’s in psychology is a deep dive into your expanded awareness of yourself and what you hope to contribute to the world.


Students Transformed

Alana Owens

“I am confident and enthusiastic about the future because of what I learn at Naropa. I can handle whatever comes my way with a clear mind and an open heart. Contemplative practice is a game changer. Long live Naropa!”

Alana Owens

BA in Contemplative Psychology, 2017


Contemplative Virtual Community

Bring your head, heart and spirit to create meaningful experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Foundation in Psychology

Understand and apply Buddhist principles to Western psychological science.


Expand your self-awareness to increase awareness of and compassion for others.

Commitment to Inclusivity

Work for social change and commit to diversity awareness in your community.

Career Readiness

Step into a meaningful career that allows you to serve others.