Social Sciences

Mindfulness Studies

Graduate certificate, part-time program

Engage minds and change lives.

Mindfulness training enables you to deepen your focus and stay in the present moment. Research shows that the practice of mindfulness changes the brain’s structure and leads to sustained attention, emotional regulation, and empathy.

Our Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Studies is designed for those aspiring to gain a strong foundation in the history, theory, and practice of mindfulness but who do not wish to pursue the full master’s degree. Students in the certificate program often already have a master’s degree.

Join a community of students and faculty who will support and guide you toward integrating mindfulness principles in community settings. Our program is especially useful for health and wellness professionals, social workers, counselors, educators, and those who wish to develop a practice of mindfulness and to share these practices with students, clients, and colleagues.

You’ll take five of our mindfulness courses, including the 5 to 8-day mindful retreat, and will be able to integrate your knowledge and skills into an established or new field of endeavor. We make it easy to transfer into the Mindfulness Studies master's degree program—the first of its kind in the nation—any time during the certificate program.

At this time, residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon are not eligible to enroll in our graduate certificate in Mindfulness Studies. All others may apply.

Program Structure

Graduate certificate, part-time low-residency program

15 credits

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Meditation Retreat

As part of the program, embark on a 5- to 8-day silent retreat to deepen your practice of meditation. Reflect critically upon mindfulness teachings and synthesize them with the development of your own mindfulness practice for the betterment of yourself and others.

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Interdisciplinary Faculty

Our faculty bring varied expertise in the teaching of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction; Buddhist studies, including ethics; leadership and social change; contemplative neuroscience, mindfulness in education, qi gong, graduate writing, and more.

"The mindfulness courses have been life changing. Not only has the program solidified my own mindfulness and meditation practice, but I'm also learning techniques to share with my colleagues and clients, to help them reduce their stress."
Nia-Sue Mitchum ’16, Outpatient Coordinator, Roxbury Multi-Service Center


Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Mindfulness Studies
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 15
  • Fees
    Residency Fee
    Registration Fee
    Materials Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Our Mindfulness Studies programs require students to attend a 5- to 8-day meditation retreat. The fee for this retreat varies, depending on the location and number of days, but is typically $750–$1,000. This fee would be in addition to the tuition and fees listed above.

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Total approximate cost for this certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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