How to Apply         

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy program is no longer accepting applications for fall 2018.

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

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.

Naropa University requires transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, and it is very important that you successfully complete the coursework entered on your application. An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Transcripts that are uploaded as part of your application are not considered official; however, we encourage electronic submission at time of application to expedite an admissions decision.

If mailing, official transcripts should be sent to:

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

Electronic official transcripts are acceptable if submitted through a secure document sending service. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Electronic transcripts may be sent to

If you completed any coursework at a foreign college or university (other than a study abroad program), an international education evaluation is required.

Statement of Interest and Supplemental Essay

Statement of interest

Please refer to the following when writing your essay: 

  • Dance Movement Therapy: Chaiklin, S. & Wengrower, H. (2009). The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Contemplative Reading: Siegel, D. (2007). The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Multiculturalism, Diversity: Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2013). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice, 6th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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 and your understanding of the assigned readings for this application, 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 educational goals and professional goals be reached by attending the Somatic Counseling program? Using specific examples from your life experience and the assigned readings, please describe your inspiration, intention, and commitment to studying psychotherapy in the Somatic Counseling program. Describe your plans for how you might take this degree program out into 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 as it pertains to becoming a counselor. Please discuss the Multiculturalism, Diversity reading as you answer this question.
  • Being an effective counselor requires a person to have the following qualities and skills: warm, accepting and multi-culturally competent, interpersonally perceptive, emotionally skilled and expressive, empathic, flexible and adaptive, aware, and skilled with one's own psychological material. Please discuss your readiness to engage in this skill-building endeavor while completing this program.
  • Your experience with sitting meditation and/or body/mind awareness disciplines. Feel free to discuss this in relationship to the Contemplative reading as you answer this question.

Supplemental essay

It is our hope to ascertain your level of exposure to and experience with different forms of movement, sensory awareness, and body-based expression from your essays. Please limit your answers to a total of 500 words for each section.

  • List and explain your training and describe how this training supports your interest in working psychotherapeutically with the human body. The following is required:         
    • Minimum one year of consistent training with at least three dance/movement forms
    • Experience with improvisation and maturity integrating body and spatial awareness
    • Exposure to composition, choreography, performance, and dance history
  • Describe your understanding of dance as a transformative process. How is your particular background in the dance forms you studied relevant to the roots and practice of Dance/Movement Therapy as you understand it from the assigned reading for this application?
  • A minimum of 100 hours of either paid or volunteer fieldwork experience is required. Fieldwork can be in a supervised setting in the mental health field or through work in a community facility or service organization. Exposure to fieldwork provides a basis of experience from which to begin to understand the mental health fields, clarify career goals, and determine potential populations of interest. Please describe what you have done to complete the 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 your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, supplemental essay, 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, 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:

  • Saturday, February 24
  • Saturday, March 17
  • Saturday, April 28
Prerequisite Coursework and Experience
Dance Experience
  • Minimum one year of consistent training with at least three dance/movement forms
  • Experience with improvisation and maturity integrating body and spatial awareness
  • Exposure to composition, choreography, performance, and dance history

The following psychology courses from an accredited academic institution: 

  • 3 semester credit course in Introduction to Psychology
  • 3 semester credit course in Abnormal Psychology OR Theories of Personality
  • 3 semester credit course in Human Anatomy OR Anatomy with Kinesiology

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.

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

In addition to the graduate admissions requirements, international applicants must also complete the following international applicant admissions requirements:

English Proficiency Testing

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:

    • Internet test (iBT): 80 or higher
    • Computer test (cBT): 213 or higher
    • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher
    • 6.5 or higher

Exceptions are granted for applicants from countries where English is one of the official national languages.

Non-U.S. Education Records

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.

  1. Global Academic Evaluators (, 720-298-9564)
  2. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (, 305-273-1616)
  3. World Education Services (, 212-966-6311)

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: