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Environmental Education MA

Environmental Education MA

Many of our students are traditional and non-traditional educators who wish to help others develop a place-based understanding of a bio/social region through experiential educational models. You can join our students who have founded innovative start-up schools that travel the nation and inspire students to integrate social and ecological concepts. Others have worked in small farming towns to create seed cooperatives to preserve the genetic diversity of crops. In many distinctive ways, our graduates collaborate with public, private and charter schools; residential nature centers; adventure-based programs; and conservation organizations. We are excited to have strong collaborative partnerships with Teton Science School in Wyoming and the Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado and many of our students create exciting, experiential degrees by working at these centers and transferring credits earned to Prescott College where they complete their degrees.  

Limited Residency Master of Arts

Environmental Studies originated from the natural sciences, but has since expanded to include the social sciences, humanities, education, economics, design thinking, ethics, and justice. Through your studies in Environmental Studies, you can find limitless inspiration, innovation, and room for growth to improve our world, communities, and selves.

Master’s students create projects that are transdisciplinary, applied, and solutions-based and that focus on real-world issues that matter to them. Our program is specifically designed to be nimble, accommodating, and responsive to your diverse interests and needs. Upon graduation, you can contribute to, and create, ethical solutions and innovations that promote effective and responsible stewardship of our planet and its inhabitants.  

Through our program you will be prepared for and can gain positions throughout the broad field of Environmental Studies.  You can catalyze change through your work in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors; create innovative programs in education, interpretation, and social services; and conduct research and affect policy about the management of natural resources and wildlife. The opportunity exists to impact society through the creation of environmental literature, photography, and film. You might help form collaborations between environmental and religious organizations or collaborate with indigenous groups in support of their autonomy, culture, and capacity. You will be given the skills to establish non-profits and international relief organizations, truly-green businesses, sustainable community master plans, community gardens, and community supported food cooperatives, or innovative start-up schools and place-based curricula that make a difference in your home communities.

Graduate Teaching Scholarships are available for students who wish to gain teaching experience and defray the cost of their Master’s program.  A complete description and application instructions can be found here.

Academic Elements-Lim Res MA and MS

Academic Elements-Lim Res MA and MS


All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program.  Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey.  Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.


Limited Residency Master’s students attend colloquia on the Prescott campus during each Fall and Spring semester.  Each Prescott Colloquium begins on Friday morning and goes until Sunday or Monday afternoon. During the colloquia, students connect with their cohort, make presentations, and contribute to ongoing dialogue and scholarship among peers and faculty. Colloquia also include workshops that address the nuts and bolts of the limited-residency programs and presentations from internationally known keynote speakers.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Environmental Educator
  • Experiential Education Teacher
  • Outdoor Business Owner
  • Outdoor Program Administrator
  • Preserve Manager
  • Wilderness Educator

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Environmental Studies Students Watching Dolphins in Kino Bay

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.

The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

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Natural History Institute

Natural History Institute Mural

The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.

Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:

• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions

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River Studies and Leadership Certificate

The River Studies and Leadership Certificate is designed to offer undergraduate students—who have become inspired to join the next generation of river professionals—a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation.  Undergraduate students are awarded this certificate by the River Management Society after they have successfully completed a cogent package of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees