Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements, the following is required to apply for Fall 2015 admittance to the MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Counseling Psychology program:

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • One 3-semester-credit course in Abnormal Psychology (example courses: Psychopathology, Abnormal Behavior)
  • One 3-semester-credit course in Developmental Psychology (example courses: Life Span Development, Child Development, Child Psychology)
  • One 3-semester-credit course in Theories of Personality (example coursework: Methods of Psychotherapy, Psychology of Personality, Introduction to Personality, History and Systems of Psychology)

Proposed equivalent courses titled differently than those listed above must be supported by a syllabus or a sealed letter from the instructor verifying course content. Please attach or send this documentation under separate cover and indicate the course titles in application. An Unofficial Coursework Evaluation Worksheet is now available to help you track your prerequisite coursework.

A grade of "C" or above is required for all prerequisite coursework. All prerequisites are to be completed at accredited on-site or online academic institutions for credit (not Pass/Fail or Audited). Applicants must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the prerequisite coursework by August 1, 2015. If applicants apply before their prerequisite coursework is completed, they must submit proof of scheduled enrollment in the prerequisite coursework. To ensure that transcripts of prerequisite coursework arrive to the Office of Admissions by August 1, 2015, we strongly recommend that all prerequisites are completed no later than July 1, 2015. Applicants cannot take prerequisites alongside their Naropa coursework, and prerequisites cannot be taken at Naropa without enrolling as a full-time undergraduate student.

If using the online application, please record prerequisite coursework and details in the spaces provided. If using a paper application, please record all prerequisite coursework on the MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Counseling Psychology Supplemental Application Form and submit the form with the paper application. Official transcripts of this coursework must be sent to the Office of Admissions for both online and paper applicants.

Professional Experience and Extended Résumé:

Applicants are required to have had experience in a helping profession, such as mental health work, teaching, nursing, etc. This experience can have been 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.

Applicants must detail this experience in the required résumé component of the application, along with their educational background and other work experience. Applicants are encouraged to be specific, and the résumé does not have a page limit.

Admissions Interview:

Candidates are required to have a personal interview before an admissions decision can be made. Candidates chosen for interviews will be invited to attend one of the MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Interview Days. In addition to group and individual interviews, candidates will have an opportunity to observe a class, talk to faculty and current students, take a campus tour and meet with a financial aid counselor.

The 2015 interview dates are as follows:

  • Friday, February 6
  • Friday, March 6
  • Friday, April 3

If candidates are unable to make the in-person interview due to an extreme situation, they will discuss alternative options with the interview committee once they have been invited to the interview.

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