Degree/Course of Study Overview
Maitripa College offers a robust, 72 credit Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree under the direction of Yangsi Rinpoche, Geshe Lharampa. The MDiv is a professional degree focused on a Buddhist approach to cultivating intellectual, spiritual, and professional skills in order to work as an agent of positive change in the world. Scholastic and contemplative training form a stable personal foundation for skillfully enacting culturally-relevant wisdom and compassion. The program emerges from the unique integration of the three pillars of Maitripa College—Scholarship, Meditation, and Community Service—to place contemplative and learning-centered pedagogies in the context of spiritual life in community. Scholar-practitioner graduates are prepared for a rewarding and fulfilling life of service, from leadership in the non-profit sector to chaplaincy, spiritual care, or community ministry in Buddhist, interfaith, or secular organizations.
The Maitripa College MDiv degree attends to the personal, scholarly, and pastoral competencies required for chaplaincy or spiritual leadership through innovative coursework, personal spiritual formation, and opportunities for internship or clinical pastoral education unit and an action-research final project. The Maitripa College MDiv degree is the only Buddhist chaplaincy training program in North America recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains as fulfilling both the theological educational and Endorsement criteria for graduates who wish to become national Board Certification Chaplains.