How to Apply         

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Art Therapy

*Note: we are now accepting apps for fall 2020.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at

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

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:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

Or fax to: (303) 546-3536

Or electronic transcripts from your university may be emailed to

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.

Minimum GPA Requirement

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.

Statement of Interest

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.

  1. 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 on-campus interview, you will be asked to summarize these three points
  2. First, in general, describe your personal relationship to art as a personal 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.
  3. 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.

Art Portfolio

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 on-campus interview, you will be asked to summarize your artwork from these two perspectives. 

The portfolio needs to be accompanied by a portfolio summary that lists the following for each piece:

  • Title
  • Brief descriptive comment
  • Media used
  • Dimensions
  • Date completed

Portfolios should only be uploaded in the following file formats: GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF, PowerPoint or Word.

Submit your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, art portfolio, 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, friends, or current or former therapists or spiritual advisors.



Due to the number of applications received each year, it may not be possible to schedule an interview for every candidate. The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application to determine if the candidate will move forward in the process and be invited to an interview. On-campus interviews are a required part of the admissions process.

The2020 interview dates have yet to be announced.  

Prerequisite Coursework

Naropa University requires an earned grade of "C" or higher for all prerequisite coursework. Due to the competitive nature and academic rigor of the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Art Therapy program, a grade of "B" or above is recommended. All prerequisites are to be completed at accredited academic institutions for credit (not pass/fail or audited). All courses are subject to approval and may require additional documentation such as a syllabus or course description. 

Applicants must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the prerequisite coursework and a bachelor's degree by June 30, 2020. To ensure that transcripts of prerequisite coursework arrive to the Office of Admissions by June 30, 2020, we strongly recommend that all coursework is completed no later than June 1, 2020.

  • 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

 *Applicants wishing to waive a college level studio art requirement must demonstrate basic technical abilities, integrated learning, and nascent artistic scholarship with the studio area. Requirements are as follows:

Additional portfolio of 10 diverse slides for each studio subject area (painting, drawing, ceramics, or sculpture) that shows a range of demonstrated competency with materials as outlined below. Note that 2 images may overlap with application portfolio.

Materials to include in samples: graphite, charcoal, conté, and pen and ink.

Subjects to include in samples:

  • 3 examples of figure drawings (full body)
  • 2 examples of landscape and architectural drawing
  • 1 example of still life
  • 1 example of objects in motion
  • 1 example of portraiture
  • 2 examples of drawings from imagination

Scale of samples: 16x20 to 18x24


Materials to include in samples: oil, acrylic, and watercolor

Technical methods to include in samples: shading, cross-hatching, chiaroscuro, and figure-ground relationships
Subjects to include in samples:

  • 3 examples of figurative paintings
  • 2 examples of portraiture
  • 2 examples of landscape and architectural painting
  • 1 example of still life
  • 2 examples of paintings from imagination

Scale of samples: 16x20 to 18x24 to 24x36

Materials to include in samples: clay, variety of slips and glazes
Kiln management: statement of this competency, including a reference. 

Technical methods to include in samples: hand-building (coil, pinch, and slab) and wheel throwing; a variety of sizes of each.  
Subjects to include in samples: a series of hand-built glazed objects from life and sculptural forms from imagination.

Materials to include in samples: plaste, wood, metal, fabrics, found materials. 

Technical methods to include in samples:  3-4 examples of additive and subtractive sculpture, simple casting, carving & fabricating projects, figurative, non-figurative, working from imagination.  

  • Modeling based on observed organic and mechanical form
  • Marquettes
  • Plaster casting and carving
  • Molds
  • Selection and use of organic materials
  • Fabrication and joinery of common materials
  • Working large scale
Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at MyNaropa. Once your application form has been processed by the Office of Admissions 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

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.

  1. Global Academic Evaluators (, 720-298-9564)
  2. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (, 305-273-1616)
  3. World Education Services (, 212-966-6311)

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: