Extending our transformative education to all students! If for professional, spiritual, and intellectual reasons you are seeking studies in Scholarship, Meditation, and Service, but completing a degree program is not your end goal, become a Continuing Education (CE) Student.


The Mindfulness & Compassion Initiative

The Mindfulness & Compassion Initiative at Maitripa College includes a series of educational programs, events, and opportunities focused on the exploration, cultivation, and practical application of the contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion in the modern world. Based on the personal advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his 2013 visit to Portland hosted by Maitripa College, the unique perspective of the Mindfulness & Compassion Initiative involves the grounding of contemplative practice in traditional Buddhist thought and the emphasis on Compassion Practice as a means to the greatest benefit for self and others. >Read More

Continuing Education for Psychologists

Maitripa College is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Maitripa College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please visit the  Continuing Education for Psychologists page for more information.

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Classes are closed for Spring 2017; please watch for announcements of the Fall schedule to join us then as a Continuing Education student.

2017 Fall Courses (to come)

Become a CE Student

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How To Enroll as a Continuing Education Student at Maitripa College

The path to enrolling as a CE student is simple. By filling out the short CE application, you are fast-tracked into the courses matching your interests and goals.

Admission Requirements

The minimum previous education required to apply for CE Status is the completion of a high-school diploma or equivalent. Petitions for exceptions may be made to the Director of Programs, Leigh, at program@maitripa.org. Preferred Qualification: Baccalaureate degree (BA, BS, or International equivalent)

Application Process

First, complete the online application by clicking on the Apply Now button on the right. Once we receive and review your application, we will alert you of your acceptance. Please allow 5 business days for this process. Upon acceptance, you will receive a welcome email from our student database, Populi. Following the instructions for setting up your login and password, you can access your student account and register for classes. 

Academic Advising

We suggest you make an appointment with the Continuing Education advisor, Tiffany, at studentservices@maitripa.org before registering for classes. Through an advising session, you can determine what courses will meet your educational goals and feel confident in your decision to attend Maitripa College.

Next Steps

After enrolling in class, you will receive:

  1. An email from Jacob at registrar@maitripa.org, who will provide you with a Maitripa College email and technical and registration support throughout your enrollment.
  2. An invoice from Populi that is due on the first day of class. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees page for more information on the tuition schedule, payment plans and services charges. If you have questions about your invoice or would like to setup a payment plan, please email Sunitha in accounting at accounts@maitripa.org.

Coursework and Expectations

As a Continuing Education student, you will be expected to complete the course requirements just as the degree program students. Each instructor and Teaching Assistant will provide you with a course syllabus that outlines the learning objectives, assignments, and grade distribution for the course. Your grades will be kept on record in the office. Transcripts will be provided upon request.


CE Student FAQs

Can I audit, i.e. pay tuition, but not complete the assignments and forgo a grade?

To keep the standard of excellence and the classroom experience rich for all students, we require that everyone comes to class and is prepared to the best of their ability. Because our classes are small and personalized, your opinions, curiosities, challenges, and insights contribute to enrich the course. For these reasons, Maitripa College does not have an Audit enrollment option.

Can I apply my credits to a degree if I decide that I want to become a full-time, degree program student?

Credits accrued from successfully completed courses may be applied toward degree requirements, should the student gain admission to a degree program in the future. Currently, up to 24 credits may be internally transferred from CE into a degree program for courses taken within the five years prior to an offer of admissions to a degree program.

Are there any limitations to the courses I can take as a CE student?

  • Registration for courses prioritizes degree students before continuing education students; continuing education students may enroll when and if space permits
  • Faculty and Instructors may determine whether their classes are for degree students only or open to continuing education student enrollment
  • Faculty and Instructors may determine prerequisites for their courses on a semester-by-semester basis, and/or to grant continuing education students permission to enroll on a case-by-case basis

Can I apply for a scholarship?

At this time, we are able to provide scholarships to full-time degree program students only. However, we do have a payment plan option. Check out the Financial Aid, Scholarships and Payment Plans page for more about our payment plans.

Do you have APA CE classes for psychologists, social workers, and others?

Maitripa College is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Maitripa College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please visit the  Continuing Education for Psychologists page for more information.