How to Apply         

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

Applications for on-campus, Fall 2020 and Hybrid Summer 2020 will be available soon.

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

Submit an Application

Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee

If your current financial situation warrants waiving of your application fee, submit a fee waiver request

On-Campus Program application

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

Or fax to: (303) 546-3536

Or electronic transcripts from your university may be emailed to

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 Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (B. Cortright, 1997) 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

Exposure to fieldwork, ideally, gives you a basis of experience from which to begin to understand the mental health fields, clarify career goals, and determine potential populations of interest.  Applicants are required to have had experience in a helping profession, such as mental health work, teaching, nursing, etc. This experience may be gained through paid employment or through volunteering. Specifically:

  • Applicants must have spent a minimum of 2 hours/week for 12 months working or volunteering in a helping profession.
  • Applicants must have spent a minimum of 100 hours in direct contact with clients, students, or patients.

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.


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

Submit your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, supplemental essay, and resume/CV.

Upload your documents 

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.



Due to the number of applications received each year, it may not be possible to schedule an interview for every candidate. The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application to determine if the candidate will move forward in the process and be invited to an interview. Interviews are a required part of the admissions process.

Prerequisite Coursework
  • One 3 semester credit course in Theories of Personality or a bachelor’s degree in psychology

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). Applicants must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the prerequisite coursework and bachelor's degree by June 30, 2019. To ensure that transcripts of coursework arrive to the Office of Admissions by June 30, 2019, we strongly recommend that all coursework is completed no later than June 1, 2019. Extensions may be possible for students admitted to the Hybrid program.

Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at MyNaropa. Once your application form has been processed by the Office of Admissions you will receive login information via email.

Financial Aid

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

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:

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