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How to Apply

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program is no longer accepting applications for fall 2017.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at admissions@naropa.edu.

Submit an Application

Apply to one of Naropa University's graduate programs in one of the following ways:

  1. Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  2. Print a paper application. Complete and send along with a $60 check made payable to Naropa University.

Application documents should be sent to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

If your current financial situation warrants waiving of your application fee, submit a fee waiver request.

Apply Online 


Official academic transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed are required. If you completed any coursework at a foreign college or university (other than a study abroad program), an international education evaluation is required.

If accepted to Naropa University, an official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Statement of Interest

 All of Naropa University's counseling programs offer skills training and counseling career preparation, diversity work, contemplative practice, community engagement, and deep personal reflection.

Given this, in a three-to-five page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following:

How are you prepared to participate in this distinctive community, and how would your life and educational goals be reached by attending the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program?

Using specific examples from your life experience, please describe your inspiration, intention, and commitment to studying psychotherapy in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program. Describe your vision of how your education will allow you to be of service in the world.

Please be sure to include:

  • Your experience with working in service to others, as a professional or volunteer, in a mental health or comparable setting and what you have learned about yourself in the process.
  • How you have engaged in working with your own personal process and how these experiences have prepared you for completing the program to which you are applying.
  • Your experience with sitting meditation and/or body/mind awareness disciplines.
  • Briefly research the following two terms online, or using some other method, and then describe your own personal experience of them in relationships with others: privilege (i.e., social inequality) and levels of oppression in society. Include your own ideas about how an understanding of these concepts is important for a counselor in working with clients.

Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history.

Submit your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, and resume/CV.

Upload your documents 

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required.

Recommendations must be from pertinent academic or professional sources, and may not be from family members, spouses, or current or former therapists or spiritual advisors.



Due to the number of applications received each year, it may not be possible to schedule an interview for every candidate. The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application to determine if the candidate will move forward in the process and be invited to an interview. On-campus interviews are a required part of the admissions process.

The 2017 interview dates are:

  • Saturday, February 25th
  • Saturday, March 18th
  • Saturday, April 29th
Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at MyNaropa. Once an application has been submitted you will receive login information via email.

Financial Aid

Domestic applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International Applicants

If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following:

accepted student checklist
Students are notified of admissions decisions to via email, phone, and/or letter mailed to the address on file. If accepted, please check out the Accepted Student Checklist for important information regarding the next steps on your journey to Naropa University.