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Courses & Requirements

Ecopsychology integrates psychology with ecology in the study of human/nature relationships. At Naropa University, contemplative practice and transpersonal psychology provide a foundation for this integration. The result is a unique contemplative and transpersonal orientation to the field of ecopsychology.

The low-residency Master of Arts in Ecopsychology program is a two-year, 38-credit program that begins with a thirteen-day residential intensive in August. Students also come to Colorado for five days each January for on-campus intensives, as well as attend a second summer intensive in either June or July that includes a rites of passage wilderness camping trip.

Course work integrates theory, experiential learning, and contemplative practice in the study of ecopsychology, which includes transpersonal psychology and eco-resilience strategies. This is not a clinical licensure program. Students complete both service-learning and written projects, including a master’s project in the second year.

Degree Requirements

First year, fall

  • PSYE600 Initiatory Contemplative Ecopsychology Intensive (4)

  • PSYE630e Transpersonal Psychology (3)

  • PSYE640e Ecopsychology (3)


SUBTOTAL 10

First year, spring

  • PSYE650 Winter Ecopsychology Intensive I (2)

  • PSYE680e Ecology: Concepts and Applications for Ecopsychology (3)

  • PSYE690e Ecopsychology Applied in Context (3)


SUBTOTAL 8

First year, summer

  • PSYE700 Ecopsychology Training Intensive (2)

  • PSYE750 Psychology of Wilderness Experience Intensive (4)


SUBTOTAL 6

Second year, fall

  • PSYE800e Transpersonal Service Learning (3)

  • PSYE850e Master’s Project I (3)

SUBTOTAL 6

Second year, spring

  • PSYE780 Winter Ecopsychology Intensive II (2) 

  • PSYE790e Topics in Ecopsychology (3) 

  • PSYE890e Master’s Project II (3)


SUBTOTAL 8

Total Credits 38

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