How to Apply         

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling (On-Campus & Hybrid)

Hybrid program: Applications are now open for Spring 2021*Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.

On-campus program: Applications are now open for Fall 2021.

Please follow the instructions below to apply.

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

*Applicants for Spring 2021 will need to complete the 20/21 FAFSA for Spring 21, then the 21/22 FAFSA for Summer 2021. Fall 2021, and Spring 2022.

Submit an Application form

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.

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Application Status

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.

Transcripts
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

Electronic transcripts from your university may be emailed to admissions@naropa.edu.

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 and Supplemental Essay

Statement of interest

In a three-to-four page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following questions. Refer to Shadows & Light (Volume 2: Talks & Reflections): Theory, Research, & Practice in Transpersonal Psychology (Kaklauskas, Clements, Hocoy, & Hoffman, 2016), when writing your essay.
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 a 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.        

Supplemental essay

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.

RESUME/CV

Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.

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.

Interview
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.
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

International Students may not apply at this time to the Hybrid program.

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:

  • TOEFL
    • Internet test (iBT): 80 or higher
    • Computer test (cBT): 213 or higher
    • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher
  • IELTS
    • 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 (www.aevaluators.com, 720-298-9564)
  2. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (www.jsilny.com, 305-273-1616)
  3. World Education Services (www.wes.org, 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: