Naropa University Introduces New Master’s Degree Program in Resilient Leadership

February 20, 2017 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University has announced a new master’s degree in Resilient Leadership starting in the fall of 2017. The two-year program offers concentrations in Sustainable Systems and Climate Justice. The curriculum addresses persistent and emerging challenges in the world and is designed for people interested in the intersection of ecological and social issues in communities, organizations, policy-making, and scholarship.

Naropa’s unique design contains inner work and mindfulness as part of the path of social transformation. As assistant professor Stephen Polk notes, "Environmental and social justice leadership is more important than ever. Naropa's MA Resilient Leadership program not only develops students' intellectual and skills-based capacities, but also the spiritual fortitude required for effective leadership."

The two-year, residential program is composed of semester-long courses and one summer block in which students gain hands-on experience within the natural world and in community. In the final year, students apply their leadership skills in a substantial project in collaboration with a professional organization or in writing a formal thesis. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, and on occasional weekends, to accommodate working students. The program prepares students to work in socially responsible businesses, nonprofits, education, and government.


About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom traditions and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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