Ecopsychology MA (low-residency)

Ecopsychology integrates psychology with ecology in the study of human/nature relationships. At Naropa University, contemplative practice and transpersonal psychology provide a foundation for this integration. The result is a unique contemplative and transpersonal orientation to the field of ecopsychology. The low-residency Master of Arts in Ecopsychology program is a two-year, 38-credit program that begins with a residential intensive. It then continues with students learning from their own homes online during the fall and spring semesters. Students also attend a short intensive course in Boulder each spring, and a second summer intensive that includes a rites-of-passage wilderness camping trip. Course work integrates theory, experiential learning, and contemplative practice in the study of ecopsychology, which includes transpersonal psychology and ecoresilience strategies. This is not a clinical licensure program. Students complete both written and service-learning projects.

Degree Requirements

First year, fall

  • PSYE600 Initiatory Contemplative Ecopsychology Intensive (4)
  • PSYE630e Transpersonal Psychology (3)
  • PSYE640e Ecopsychology (3)

First year, spring

  • PSYE650 Winter Ecopsychology Intensive I (2)
  • PSYE680e Ecology: Concepts and Applications for Ecopsychology (3)
  • PSYE690e Ecopsychology Applied in Context (3)

First year, summer

  • PSYE700 Ecopsychology Training Intensive (2)
  • PSYE750 Psychology of Wilderness Experience Intensive (4)

Second year, fall

  • PSYE800e Transpersonal Service Learning (3)
  • PSYE850e Master’s Project I (3)

Second year, spring

  • PSYE780 Winter Ecopsychology Intensive II (2)
  • PSYE790e Transitions and Rites of Passage (3)
  • PSYE890e Master's Project Online (3)

Total Credits 38