Naropa University is a university of the liberal arts inspired by Tibetan Buddhism and is located in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa University takes the alternative and apparently very effective approach of “contemplative education”. This approach to learning incorporates Western and Eastern traditions of education with the dual focus of knowing oneself deeply and engaging constructively with others. The university offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, namely Arts and Fine Arts degrees, and is best suited for students that want to grow with their education instead of being cut down to a particular way of thought.
Naropa, in addition to its focus in alternative education approaches, has spread its limbs to reach distance learners all over the planet. Students have the option of taking classes online or earning credentials online, such as a certificate or degree. Classes offered at Naropa are backed by Naropa instructors and receive the same credit and official status as degrees earned on campus.
There is a selection of four degrees that can be pursued and earned 100% online. These five degrees are the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the Master of Fine Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, the Master of Fine Arts in Transpersonal Psychology with a concentration in Eco-Psychology, and the Master of Arts in Contemplative Education. Any of these degrees can be completed at a standard pace or taken at an accelerated rate in order to achieve the degree quicker. These are notably all graduate level programs and must therefore be approached after having already achieved a bachelor’s degree of some sort.
The Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology for example expands upon a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As long as the requirements are met for an accredited degree somewhere in the baccalaureate level while majoring in psychology, students can most likely enter the program without snags or troubles.
Undergraduate students should expect to pay $21,894 per year when enrolling full-time and $714 per credit hour when enrolling part-time. Graduate students should expect to pay $15,972 per year when enrolling full-time and $726 per credit hour when enrolling part-time. 68% of students attending Naropa University are receiving financial aid in some form and to some degree.
Federal grants reach an average of 1 out of 3 students approximately in any given year. State and local resources contribute very little, unfortunately, if at all for tuition purposes. Naropa University itself gives grants, awards, and tuition aid to 6 out of 10 students in the form of scholarships and need-based agendas based on a variety of factors, mostly academic merit.
Naropa University is the alternative choice for students that want a full, enriching, holistic education that will last a lifetime. Students have a plethora of options to choose from when attending Naropa from a distance, especially a solid variety of degrees and certificates tailored to their independent studies. Distance learning opportunities like these at Naropa are poised only to expand in the near future.