Contemplative Degree Programs

Prospective students often ask us for information on accredited undergraduate and graduate programs of study with a “contemplative” emphasis. This page is our attempt to list them.

* This list may be outdated: CMind closed in September 2022, so this page is no longer being maintained.

Please note that "contemplative" can be a very broad descriptor, and this list is limited to degree-granting programs which are specifically identified by their institutions as “contemplative,” “holistic,” “integrative,” or “mindfulness”-based.

Be aware that in addition to these programs, there are many individual course offerings, across the academic disciplines and at all types of institutions, which integrate contemplative approaches. As these courses may change every semester, it is not possible for us to maintain a list of them. If you are seeking community with instructors using contemplative methods, we suggest you join the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Concentrations, Minors, & Certificates





  1. Diane Grimes on June 18, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    There’s a Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies minor at Syracuse University.

    • on June 21, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Oh, yes, fantastic! Thanks so much, Diane. I’ve added it to the page.

  2. Joe on August 17, 2022 at 1:37 am

    There is a Consciousness and Human Potential bachelor and masters at Maharishi International University.

  3. Joe on August 17, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Also another well known program is the School of Transformation and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. They have Phd in Transformative – Consciousness Studies:

  4. Joe on August 17, 2022 at 2:02 am

    One more! There is the MA in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

    • on September 21, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Thank you for these, Joe!

  5. Joe on January 12, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    There is also Naropa’s MA in Yoga Studies:

    Can someone add this one and also the MA in Consciousness and Human Potential at MIU. Thank you!

  6. Joe on January 12, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    Also both Naropa and MIU programs listed above both have BA versions as well. Great list you are creating.

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