Naropa University

36 months
25700 USD/year
25700 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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 in the Divinity program at Naropa University have the option of choosing one of three degree pathways based on their interests and professional goals. These pathways include different options for studying on-campus or online and different options for coursework. 


Program graduates pursue diverse careers as hospice and hospital chaplains, prison and military chaplains, activists, professors, sangha leaders, and social entrepreneurs.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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 journey. 
  • To develop a personal spiritual journey that is sensitive to cultural context, religious pluralism, and community diversity.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Meditation Practicum I: Seeds of Peace 
  • Contemplative Communication in Spiritual Caregiving 
  • The First Turning of the Wheel: Nature of Mind and Emotions 
  • Mind and Its World 
  • Process Lab 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




72 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  • An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 
  • In a 3 - 5 page double-spaced essay, please respond to: How do you envision your contemplative understanding and/or training supporting your journey through the Master of Divinity program? Is there a particular area of service to which you feel drawn? Why?
  • Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25700 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    25700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25700 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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