Courses & Requirements

For the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Low-Residency Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration

The Low-Residency MTC program provides a similar curriculum as the on-campus version and can also be completed within three years. It has a unique delivery format that makes it a great fit for those with busy lives or who cannot relocate to Boulder:

  • Three semesters per year rather than two, dispersing the course load to make the program more accessible for those with packed schedules, full-time jobs, and other commitments.

  • The program can be completed from anywhere in the United States but students are required to attend either five or six five-day intensives held in Colorado. The number of in-person intensives depends on when the student begins the program:

    • Students starting in August or January will have five in-person intensives in Colorado.

    • Students starting in May will have six in-person intensives in Colorado.

  • Twice per semester, either online or in person, students meet as a group for intensives – live classes that last the bulk of each day. Students complete a big portion of the coursework at the intensives—they’re called “intensives” for a reason!

  • Each semester begins with an online intensive lasting either two or three days. (The first is three days; the rest are two days.)

  • A five-day intensive follows in the second half of each semester. Five-day intensives in the summer and fall semesters are held in Colorado; the five-day intensive in the spring is online.

    • Classes for the summer in-person intensives are held on campus in Boulder, but students are responsible for off-campus accommodations.

    • The fall in-person intensives are held at the Drala Mountain Center. Accommodations are included in the program fees – students are only responsible for travel to and from the retreat site.

  • No live classes are held during the semester except for the intensives, giving students the flexibility to complete assignments on their own time. Students are required to meet virtually, based on their own availability and schedule, with fellow cohort members to connect and engage over the coursework.

  • Please note that all Naropa counseling programs will have an updated curriculum starting the Fall 2024 Semester. See below for the new course listings.

Low-Residency MTC Degree Requirements

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Matt Powers

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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.

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