Maitripa College is a Buddhist institution of higher learning founded by Yangsi Rinpoche in 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Founded upon the three pillars of scholarship, meditation, and service, the Maitripa College curriculum combines Western academic contemplative education and traditional Tibetan Buddhist disciplines. 

Through the development of wisdom and compassion, our graduates are empowered with a sense of responsibility to work joyfully for the well-being of others. They become agents of positive change in the world, and are shaping the development of Buddhism in the West as scholar-practitioners, chaplains, professional translators, doctoral degree candidates, educators, and more.

We offer both a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies and Master of Divinity degree. Scholarships and ordained sangha fellowships, flexible schedules, and the attractions of Portland, Oregon, put your affordable graduate degree or continuing education within reach.  The best way to see if Maitripa College is right for you is to make some time to connect. Please review the information available through the links on this page and use the form to contact us – or call 503-235-2477 x 7005.

Updates due to COVID-19

  • We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020.
  • The Maitripa College Fall application priority date is now July 15. This date is not a final deadline for admission. We are committed to working with every student who needs additional time to finish their application, so please reach out if this is your situation.
  • We can accept transcripts, test scores, and essays electronically. If you have difficulty getting transcripts from your prior colleges, we can work with unofficial documents to start.
  •  Scholarship Applications for Fall 2020 are due by August 1, 2020; only full-time degree seeking students may apply for scholarships >click here for more
  • Continuing education enrollment for courses is open until courses are full > please click here to proceed with the simple Continuing Education application process.  

If we can support you in the application process, please connect with us at: [email protected] or [email protected]

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