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Alumni Careers

Current MA Ecopsychology students have the following careers: university teaching, psychotherapy, business and management training, higher education administration, secondary education, landscaping, state government, school principal, nursing, business coaching, wilderness guiding and many more. Find specific information about the career paths MA Ecopsychology graduates have taken below.

Our graduates apply the MA in Ecopsychology in a variety of career areas, including environmental education and advocacy, education, group facilitation and training, wilderness guiding, workshop and retreat leadership, social services, health care and healing, organizational development, coaching, and community development. Professionals in clinical and counseling psychology may also use it to expand their understanding and practice of how nature can be a part of the healing process.

The MA in Ecopsychology is a nonclinical degree that does not prepare students in counseling, clinical psychology, or psychotherapy. If you are interested in licensure as a professional counselor, please see the MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program.

Career Paths

Here are other examples of what MA Ecopsychology graduates are doing with their degrees.

Developing professional and personal skills and bringing ecopsychological depth to their work.

  • Art faculty, University of Wisconsin, Superior, with a highly successful art, ecopsychology, and meditation program.
  • Naturopathic doctor, private practice, Canada. After completing his degree at Naropa, he opened a new clinic connected with a local hospice and also offers trainings for the hospice staff where he brings in ecopsychological and transpersonal concepts.
  • Owner, graphic designer firm, who has a deep interest in the Transitions Movement.
  • Consultant with organizations in Puerto Rico that want to integrate environmental consciousness into their activities.

Students who wanted to use the program to gain more clarity on their professional direction.

  • Graphic artist, Salt Lake City, Utah, has owned her own graphic arts business and taught graphic design in a university for many years. She took the program to follow her passions for helping the earth and is now working with a rites of passage organization in Utah run by another Naropa Ecopsychology graduate.
  • Owner, green building supply store in Missoula, Montana; community organizer along environmental and personal empowerment themes.
  • Teacher, environmental education program in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who offers green programs and nature-based activities in her local school system.
  • High school teacher in Tacoma, Washington, who also conducts wilderness rites of passage and ecopsychological programs. 
  • Owner, tutoring business, Silver Spring, Maryland, with a passionate interest in caving and in the welfare of bats on the Eastern seaboard; Executive Committee member, local caving organization, who works on behalf of bat habitat.

Students who want to use the program for psychospiritual growth and transformation.

  • Technical writer in Vancouver, Canada. Feeling the need to learn and grow in a learning community, especially after she bought a remote ranch in western Canada, she combined her work in the Ecopsychology program with other psychospiritual work she does.
  • Alumna in Maryland who had been drawn to both Buddhism and ecological work for many years, and took this program to deepen in those areas.
  • Alumna in Oregon who discovered a deep passion for helping kids connect with nature. Her master’s paper on children and nature and her service work are extensions of her academic and experiential work in the program.

We also recognize that there are many other reasons that students apply to MA Ecopsychology. We look forward to discussing your reasons with you.