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How to Apply         

MFA Theater: COntemporary Performance

The MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program is currently accepting applications for fall 2017.

Please review each of the steps below prior to submitting any part of the application.

Preferred submission date: February 17, 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

Respond to the following questions in a 750 to 1,250 word essay:

  • How does your personal and/or professional experience relate to the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program?
  • How will this program prepare you to accomplish your professional and academic goals? 
  • What about Naropa University most appeals to you? 
  • Why are you interested in pursuing this training in an experiential and contemplative academic setting?

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

A black and white or color headshot is a required part of the application.
Submit your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, headshot, 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.



Candidates are required to attend an audition and/or admissions interview, as arranged by core faculty. The audition/interview requirements will be custom-designed to suit each candidate’s discipline. Auditions/interviews can be scheduled at the URTA Conferences in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. They may also be held in Boulder in conjunction with a campus visit. Special exceptions can be made for international students to audition and/or interview via Skype or by other means.

Due to the number of applications received each year, not all applicants will be granted auditions. The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application to determine if the candidate will move forward in the process.  

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.