How to Apply
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling:
Transpersonal Art Therapy
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.
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 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:
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.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 2.9 or higher. Applicants with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.9 must submit Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results taken within the last calendar year. Note that the MAT is only required for these applicants, and is optional for all others.
In a three-to-four page typed, double-spaced, 12 point font essay, please respond to the following three questions. Directly refer to Introduction to Art Therapy: Sources and Resources (J.A. Rubin, 2009) and Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (B. Cortright, 1997) when writing your essay. When pulling information from either book, paraphrase the author rather than lifting direct quotes.
- Concisely define and clarify your understanding of:
- Art therapy
- Transpersonal psychology
- The benefits of contemplative practice. Why does contemplative practice resonate with you?
Note: If invited to an interview, you will be asked to summarize the above three points.
- First, in general, describe your personal relationship to art as a personally transformative process. Then choose one piece from your portfolio, and where relevant refer to both books and consider how your art reveals healing and transpersonal themes.
- In your conclusion, discuss why you are interested in attending the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Art Therapy program at Naropa University.
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.
Applicants are required to submit a well-rounded portfolio of 20 different pieces of original art. Your portfolio must include both 2D and 3D work as well as any other areas of specialization. The portfolio needs to demonstrate two primary skill sets:
- Applied knowledge and exploration of a wide range of art materials and processes.
- Transformative depth of work as an artist, showing maturity with form, content, materials, and processes.
Note: if invited to an interview, you will be asked to summarize your artwork from the above two perspectives.
The portfolio needs to be accompanied by a portfolio summary that lists the following for each piece:
- Brief descriptive comment
- Media used
- Date completed
Portfolios may only be uploaded in the following file formats: GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF, PowerPoint or Word.
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 interview. Interviews are a required part of the admissions process and will be offered remotely.
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 prior to the start of the program.
- Psychology Prerequisites (12 semester credit hours)
- One 3 semester credit course in Abnormal Psychology
- One 3 semester credit course in Developmental Psychology
- Two 3 semester credit courses in psychology electives (example courses: Introduction to Psychology/General Psychology, Theories of Personality)
- Studio Art Prerequisites* (18 semester credit hours)
- One 3 semester credit art studio course in Drawing
- One 3 semester credit art studio course in Painting
- One 3 semester credit art studio course in a 3D medium (Sculpture or Ceramics)
- Three 3 semester credit courses in studio art electives
*Note for applicants wishing to waive a college-level studio art requirement: In order to be considered for a waiver of a studio art prerequisite requirement, a separate, additional portfolio is required. To learn more, please contact the Admissions Counselor for the Art Therapy program.
Domestic applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
International applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
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.
- Global Academic Evaluators (www.aevaluators.com, 720-298-9564)
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (www.jsilny.com, 305-273-1616)
- World Education Services (www.wes.org, 212-966-6311)
- SpanTran (www.spantran.com, 713-266-8805)
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: