How to Apply

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy

The program is full for 2023 and is not currently accepting applications.  Applications for 2024 will be available in early summer 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 your application fee, you may request a fee waiver.

Only one application will be accepted per applicant and you can only apply to one program at a time. Application fees are non-refundable.

After you submit the application form:

  • RSVP for an interview day using the email sent shortly after submitting the application.

  • Complete your application by uploading documents (e.g. essays, unofficial transcripts)

  • Send out requests for letters of recommendation

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. Once you have submitted your application, log into your application account to check the status of your application and what requirements may still be outstanding.

When all application requirements have been submitted, including all letters of recommendation, you will receive an email notification that your application is complete. 

Naropa University requires transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate coursework was completed. Transcripts for coursework beyond the undergraduate level are not required. 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, to expedite the admissions process, we encourage you to upload copies of your transcripts when possible.

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

Electronic official transcripts are acceptable if submitted through a secure transcript service used by your university. If you submit your transcripts by email as an attachment or upload them via your application account, 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

In a maximum of 500 words, 12-point font, double-spaced essay, please refer to the following readings when writing your essay:

  • Dance Movement Therapy: Chaiklin, S. & Wengrower, H. (2009). The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Contemplative Reading: Siegel, D. (2007). The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

  • Multiculturalism, Diversity: Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2013). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice, 6th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

All of Naropa University’s counseling programs offer skills training and counseling career preparation, diversity work, contemplative practice, community engagement, and deep personal reflection. Given this and your understanding of the assigned readings for this application please respond to the following prompt:

Naropa invites students to transform themselves and transform the world. What is one thing you would like to transform about yourself while training to be a counselor/ dance/ movement therapist? What is one thing you would like to transform in the world and how would a degree in Somatic Counseling from Naropa enable you to do this?

Supplemental Essays

Through supplemental essays we hope to uncover your level of exposure to and experience with different forms of movement, sensory awareness, and body-based expression from your essays. 

Please limit your answers to a total of 500 words for each section, using 12-point font and double-spaced, and include both supplemental essays in one document with headings indicating the start of each essay

Supplemental Essay I

List and describe your training. The following is required:

  • Expertise in at least two different dance (or movement) forms

  • In-depth and dedicated experience in a minimum of one dance form

  • Exposure to composition, choreography, performance, and dance history

How is your particular background in the dance forms you studied relevant to the roots and practice of Dance/Movement Therapy as you understand it from the assigned reading for this application?

Supplemental Essay II

A minimum of 100 hours of either paid or volunteer fieldwork experience is required. Fieldwork can be in a supervised setting in the mental health field or through work in a community facility or service organization.

  • Please describe what you have done to complete the required fieldwork experience in direct service to others. What have you learned about yourself from this experience as it pertains to becoming a counselor? Please discuss the Multiculturalism, Diversity reading as you answer this question.

After submitting your application form, you will receive an invite by email to RSVP for an interview day. All application requirements need not be submitted in order to interview. However, programs have limited capacity and it is highly recommended that you complete your application as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance at securing a spot if accepted.

Admissions interviews are a required part of the admissions process and will be offered at our campus in Boulder, Colorado, and remotely via Zoom. They are full-day events and consist of two group interview sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and additional programming designed to help inform your decision to enroll at Naropa.

Interview Days for 2023 Applicants:

Friday, April 21, 2023 (on campus in Boulder, CO)*
Friday, April 28, 2023 (remotely via Zoom)*

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Any registrant who fails to attend all mandatory portions of their Admissions Interview Day or notify the Admissions Office of their absence in advance, will have their application scored accordingly, resulting in a denial. 


  • Expertise in at least two different dance (or movement) forms
  • In-depth and dedicated experience in a minimum of one dance form
  • Exposure to choreography, composition and performance


The following psychology courses from an accredited academic institution: 

  • 3 semester credit course in Introduction to Psychology
  • 3 semester credit course in Abnormal Psychology OR Theories of Personality

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).

*Coursework need not be completed before applying. 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.

Domestic applicants: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International applicants: Complete Naropa’s Financial Aid Application for International Students. Learn more about financial aid for international students.

In addition to other requirements, international applicants must also submit:

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Evaluations of non-U.S. education records

If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following for their student visa application:

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Proof of funding for the first year of the program

Please see the International Students webpage for more information.


with your counselor

Kelly Watt

Senior Director of Admissions

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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