Naropa University

Master of Arts in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy


2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Boulder, CO 80302

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Transform yourself and experience the healing power of nature with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling--Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy concentration.

Naropa University's Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy program is an interdisciplinary, multicultural program that prepares you to practice as a psychotherapist in a myriad of settings, both outdoors and within clinical mental health agencies.

In addition to the study of mindfulness and transpersonal psychology, this intensely experiential degree program gives you ten weeks' direct experience in the wilderness, acquiring outdoor skills along with mental health interventions that incorporate the natural world into the therapeutic relationship.

Naropa's Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy alumni are making their presence felt in a wide-range of settings with diverse populations. As many as one-third of our students receive job offers from their internship placements. Our Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy graduates are working as school counselors, therapists in equine therapy programs, faculty members, addictions counselors, directors of outdoor therapy programs, and individual psychotherapists. 

The Wilderness Therapy concentration provides students with experience in such areas as counseling psychology, wilderness skills, ecopsychology, adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, group dynamics, and outdoor leadership. 

There are four core areas that comprise the Wilderness Therapy program:

  • Clinical and theoretical course work required for licensure in most states;
  • Training in wilderness skills and therapeutic interventions;
  • Contemplative practice and body awareness practice throughout the program;
  • Extensive professional experience during the required nine-month internship.


The beauty of the landscapes in which we travel, Boulder's progressive community and the transformative Naropa University environment make graduate training here an unparalleled learning experience. 


Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 900.00 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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