*Note: applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis until further notice. Submit applications as soon as possible for strongest consideration.
After careful consideration, Naropa University has made the decision to suspend any new admissions in 2018 to the hybrid version of this program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to relaunching the hybrid program again in 2019. The application below is for admission to the on-campus program for fall 2018 only.
If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to one of Naropa University's graduate programs in one of the following ways:
Application documents should be sent to:
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.
If you completed any coursework at a foreign college or university (other than a study abroad program), an international education evaluation is required.
In a three-to-four page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following questions.
Refer to Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (B. Cortright, 1997) when writing your essay.
1. Define and clarify your understanding of:
2. All of Naropa University's counseling programs offer skills training and counseling career preparation, diversity work, contemplative practice, community engagement, and deep personal reflection. How are you prepared to participate in this distinctive community, and how would your life and educational goals be reached by attending the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program? Using specific examples from your life experience, please describe your inspiration, intention, and commitment to studying psychotherapy in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program. Describe your vision of how your education will allow you to be of service in the world.
Please be sure to include:
Exposure to fieldwork, ideally, gives you a basis of experience from which to begin to understand the mental health fields, clarify career goals, and determine potential populations of interest. Applicants are required to have had experience in a helping profession, such as mental health work, teaching, nursing, etc. This experience may be gained through paid employment or through volunteering. Specifically:
In a one-to-two page, double-spaced essay, please describe what you have done to complete the 100 hours of required fieldwork experience in direct service to others.
Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.
Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, supplemental essay, and resume/CV.
Two letters of recommendation are required.
Recommendations must be from pertinent academic or professional sources, and may not be from family members, spouses, friends, 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 2018 interview dates are:
One 3 semester credit course in Theories of Personality or a bachelor’s degree in psychology
All courses are subject to approval and may require additional documentation such as a syllabus or course description.
A grade of "C" or above is required for all prerequisite coursework. All prerequisites are to be completed at accredited academic institutions for credit (not pass/fail or audited). Applicants must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the prerequisite coursework and bachelor's degree by June 30, 2018. To ensure that transcripts of coursework arrive to the Office of Admissions by June 30, 2018, we strongly recommend that all coursework is completed no later than June 1, 2018.
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.
Domestic applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
International applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
In addition to the graduate admissions requirements, international applicants must also complete the following international applicant admissions requirements:
International applicants must document their English language proficiency by submitting scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests. Applicants must earn the following required scores:
Exceptions are granted for applicants from countries where English is one of the official national languages.
Applicants (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated outside of the U.S.) must have all non-U.S. records of secondary and/or post-secondary education evaluated by a professional international education evaluation service. In this case, all non-U.S transcripts should be sent to one of the below evaluation service providers, not to Naropa University. Once the evaluation is completed, the applicant should request that the report be sent directly to: Naropa University, Office of Admissions (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302).
Naropa works with the three following credential evaluation services. Evaluations will not be accepted by other services.
All undergraduate and graduate applicants must submit a complete course-by-course evaluation.
Please note: international applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree
at an accredited U.S. institution do not need to provide an evaluated transcript.
If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following: