The Maitripa College Master of Divinity degree program is excellent preparation for professional chaplaincy and spiritual care service/work in the world. Imagine taking your Buddhist spiritual formation deeper and expanding your impact in the world!

Recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains, the MDiv degree fulfills the graduate education requirements for those who may seek employment or Board Certification as a professional chaplain. Additionally, unique facets of this Buddhist degree program enrich preparation for a career in chaplaincy by cultivating Buddhism’s grounded wisdom, sustainable compassion, and engaged ethics. This is paired with contemporary developments and aspirations to create with colleagues a field that is increasingly trauma-informed, equitable, and inclusive.

Maitripa College’s MDiv program supports preparation for professional chaplaincy in multiple ways. Discover how the foundation of dharma practice and study can be embodied and applied in the world as a Buddhist/contemplative chaplain or other spiritual care professional through the following links.


educational foundations for chaplaincy
cultivating spiritual care competencies in practice

Please visit the Chaplaincy FAQ page (here) for detailed answers to the following questions regarding steps to becoming a Board Certified Professional Chaplain:

  • If I am interested in pursuing a meaningful livelihood as a Board Certified Professional Chaplain, what is my path from MDiv degree application to certification? How long does it take?
  • What are the requirements for Buddhists to become Board Certified Chaplains?
  • What challenges do Buddhists encounter in chaplaincy training and professional practice?
Click here for answers to these questions and more!

The Maitripa College Master of Divinity Degree

We invite you to learn more about the general features of the MDiv program curricula informed by the Three Pillars of Scholarship Meditation and Service, the courses, faculty, and the application process on the academic degree page here:  >click here