How to Apply
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling (On-Campus & Low-Residency)
The on-campus program is accepting applications for August 2023.
- Application deadline: February 1, 2023
The low-residency program is accepting applications for May and August 2023.
- Application deadline for May & August 2023: February 1, 2023.
Group Interview Dates
- February 10, 2023 (In-person)
- February 17, 2023 (Remote)
Apply online by creating a new account or signing in to an existing account.
At the end of your application, you will be prompted to pay a $60 nonrefundable application fee. If your current financial situation warrants waiving of your application fee, you may submit a fee waiver request.
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. Once you have submitted your application online, you can log back in anytime to check the status of your application and documents.
Naropa University requires transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate 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, to expedite the admissions process we encourage you to upload copies of your transcripts when possible.
If mailing, official transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO 80302
Electronic transcripts from your university may be emailed to email@example.com.
Electronic official transcripts are acceptable if submitted through a secure document sending service used by your university. If you submit your transcripts by email, as an attachment, they will not be accepted as official.
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
In a three-to-four page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following questions. When writing your essay, please refer to Shadows & Light (Volume 2: Talks & Reflections): Theory, Research, & Practice in Transpersonal Psychology (Kaklauskas, Clements, Hocoy, & Hoffman, 2016).
1. Define and clarify your understanding of:
- Transpersonal psychology
- Contemplative practice
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:
- Your experience with working in service to others, as a professional or volunteer, in mental health or comparable setting, and what you have learned about yourself in the process.
- How you have engaged in working with your own personal process and how these experiences have prepared you for completing the program to which you are applying.
- Your experience with sitting meditation and/or body/mind awareness disciplines.
Applicants must have spent a minimum of 100 hours working or volunteering directly with clients, students, or patients in the role of a “helping professional.” A “helping professional” is a person who tends to the physical, emotional, or spiritual needs of others in some way that is appropriate to one’s level of training and experience. This requirement may include working with people with developmental disabilities, homeless, job training for people with disabilities, major mental illness residency, and more.
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.
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.
The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application, and those who meet minimum application requirements will move forward in the process and be invited to an admissions interview. Admissions interviews are a required part of the admissions process and will be offered at our campus in Boulder, Colorado and remotely via Zoom. Interview dates for consideration for admittance in 2023 are as follows:
- Friday, September 23, 2022 (on campus in Boulder, CO)
- Friday, October 21, 2022 (remotely via Zoom)
- Friday, February 10, 2023 (on campus in Boulder, CO)
- Friday, February 17, 2023 (remotely via Zoom)
International applicants: Complete Naropa's Financial Aid Application for International Students. Learn more about financial aid for international students.
**Please be advised, the Hybrid version of the MTC program is only available to US residents. Those who would require a student visa to study in the US are not eligible for the Hybrid program.
In addition to other requirements, international applicants must also submit:
- Proof of English proficiency
- Evaluations of non-U.S. education records
If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following for their student visa application:
- Copy of a valid passport
- Proof of funding for the first year of the program
Please see the International Students webpage for more information.