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Graduate Students

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You’re ready to take the next step toward a meaningful career. Naropa University graduate programs can get you there.

Our programs for graduate students are designed to deepen your existing knowledge and help you to master content from the inside out. A Naropa education at any level is infused with self-discovery and compassionate service to others. Our programs for graduate students are especially rich in these areas, offering advanced academics in a setting that will help you grow personally and professionally as you discover your place in the world.

Keep reading to learn more about applying to college and becoming a graduate student at Naropa University.

Please Note: Due to the delayed release of the 2024–25 FAFSA and the projected timelines for schools to begin receiving FAFSA results, Naropa University anticipates starting to send offer letters to those with completed FAFSAs in April. Please contact us directly if you have any questions. Thanks for your patience.

Extended Deadlines for the 2024/2025 Academic Year

May 1: Financial Aid Priority Deadline

May 1: Naropa Scholarship Application Deadline

Learn About Our Graduate Student Programs

Graduate students must apply directly through their program of interest. Applicants may only apply to one program at a time. Because our graduate programs are distinct from one another and designed to fully prepare the student in a particular area, we do not offer combination or interdisciplinary program options.

As an aspiring Naropa graduate student, you’ll find that our application process encourages your openness and contemplation. We promise to offer a holistic application review, ensuring that your voice is heard by the entire review committee.

Naropa’s popular graduate program—the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—has six unique concentrations, each with its own application process. Find out how to apply to each concentration by following the links below:

Naropa’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics program is a place for graduate students like you to take creative risks, engage in powerful critique, and propel your writing career forward.

If you’re a committed writer who can’t relocate to obtain their MFA, this graduate program is for you. Enroll as a graduate student from your home writing desk.

Come to the West’s first Buddhist-inspired university for an MDiv experience that will prepare you for a life of contemplative leadership.
Explore the healing properties of nature and how to cultivate mutually enhancing relationships with the human and non-human world in this transformative program for graduate students.

Deepen your yoga practice and become better equipped to share this ancient practice with others.

Internships for Graduate Students

As a graduate student, you will engage in experiential learning through internships, practicums, and community-based programs. These are high-value opportunities for graduate students, offering hands-on applications for your graduate level studies.

By applying to college in any Naropa graduate program that includes an internship or practicum, you are agreeing to complete and pass drug screenings and background checks, and to submit your current immunization records. Should drug testing be required, medical and recreational marijuana are not exempt.

Graduate Students, Find Your Truth at Naropa

Deepen Your Knowledge

At Naropa, academic rigor meets contemplative practice, allowing graduate students to master content from a place of deep self-reflection. Here, you’ll mine the depths of your chosen field.

Serve Others with Compassion

Here, you’ll engage in acts of service that challenge your assumptions, inspire self-reflection and allow for deep connection to diverse communities.

Find Authentic Community

Naropa students are deeply committed to being themselves, which means you can be yourself here, too. At Naropa, you’ll find your niche and from there, grow into your best self.

Hear from Naropa Graduate Students

“I felt called to Naropa. When I applied, I knew it was the next step on my soul journey towards healing myself and becoming a more integrated human being. I truly believe that change starts at home in our own minds and bodies and radiates out to the world.”

Thea Bosselmann, Creative Writing & Poetics, 2017

“At convocation, my future friend Zoey climbed onstage and explained her serendipitous journey toward Naropa. Zoey is trans, and I am nonbinary trans. To see someone like me have that courage and be accepted is what solidified my sense of home at Naropa.”

—Garen Whitmore, Creative Writing & Poetics, 2017

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.