Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program

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It's easy to get started on your master's program using the links below.  Start out with "How to Apply" to understand requirements and deadlines you'll need to meet in order to be included in the next student orientation.  If you have questions, be sure to call us at 877-350-2100.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Limited-Residency Master's program!

Required Application Items

The following application requirements are for the following areas of study: Adventure Education, Education, Environmental Studies, and Humanities (creative or expressive arts see specific instructions below.) The application process will be considered complete when the applicant has submitted all the required items. Applicants to the Equine-assisted Learning concentrations and Teacher-Preparation or School Guidance Counseling concentrations, please refer to the special admissions requirements listed below. Applicants to the Counseling Psychology program please refer to the Application Requirements found in the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Counseling Psychology Program section.

Required Application Items

  • Application: Limited-Residency Master of Arts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters from academic or professional sources addressing your capability to complete graduate level work through a self-directed Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program. Letters must contain the writer’s contact information and must explain the relationship to you. Letters may be emailed to admissions@prescott.edu directly by the recommender and from the recommender’s email address.
  • Personal Statement OR Personal Statement Guidance Counseling
  • Academic Focus Essay OR Academic Essay for School Guidance Counseling
  • Official Transcripts
  • Current Resume
  • $40 Non-refundable Application Fee

In certain cases one or more requirements may be waived.

Application Due Dates

Applications to the graduate programs for the fall term which have been completed and submitted by the priority deadline of February 15th will be eligible for consideration for graduate teaching assistantships. After that date, applications to the graduate programs will be considered for admission on a rolling basis. Please contact admissions@prescott.edu or 877-350-2100 for details.

Submit Application Materials To:

Prescott College

Admissions

220 Grove Avenue

Prescott, AZ 86301

Transcripts

The Prescott College Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program requires applicants to submit the official undergraduate and graduate transcripts of each regionally accredited institution attended since high school.

Submit official transcripts directly to Admissions. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically by the issuing institution via Scrip-Safe. Please ask if your college/university offers this service.

Applicants may submit official transcripts if they are received by Admissions in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

Note: If you have questions about your proposed area of academic focus and whether it is supported by the Prescott College Master of Arts Program, please contact the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Admissions Representative prior to completing this essay, (877) 350-2100.

Special Admissions Requirements

Equine-assisted Learning (EAL)

In addition to the standard Limited-Residency Master of Arts program application requirements, EAL concentration applicants are expected to show evidence of competence and practical experience of working with horses, facilitation/teaching, and in relational horsemanship. Potential students need to provide documentation that they bring with them an understanding of the field and an entry-level competence, which may be evidenced in many ways including, but not limited to, peer or expert evaluations, testimonies, published articles, program participant evaluations, or self-reflection. Core faculty will review your application information, and a phone interview will be scheduled if it is determined that you would be a good candidate for the program.

Creative or Expressive Arts

In addition to the standard Limited-Residency Master of Arts program application requirements, Creative or Expressive Arts applicants are required to submit a portfolio as a demonstration of their work. Contact the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Admissions Representative at (877) 350-2100 or admissions@prescott.edu for additional details.

Teacher Preparation and School Guidance Counseling

Please follow the standard Limited-Residency Master of Arts program application requirements, except for the instructions regarding the Academic Focus Essay. Click here for special instructions for the Academic Focus Essay.

Admissions Essays: Non-Teacher Preparation Programs

In three to five pages, integrate your thoughts around these two major themes into a comprehensive personal statement. Please address each of the specific parts identified within each theme.

Write about your educational goals.

The events in your life that lead you to want to earn a master's degree in the area you have indicated.

The role this area of study now plays in your life and what has been your experience, if any, in this discipline.

How you envision your life goals and professional aspirations changing as a result of this educational experience.

Write about your readiness to thrive in a graduate program which requires high levels of self-direction and motivation

Describe your experiences completing independent projects.

Discuss how your existing support network will help you handle the sense of isolation that can occur when completing projects independently.

Write about how your strengths and weaknesses will play a part as you begin this program.

Describe what kind of help you will need to address any weaknesses.

Academic Focus Essay

Applicants are free to frame their response within the context of a proposed thesis topic if they wish. In three to five pages, address your vision for your studies in your proposed area of academic focus. Each area below must be covered in your essay. Highlight each section with a heading title.

Discuss your research and study interests, the broad discipline under which your study will fall, the interdisciplinary aspects of your program, and the specific emphasis or concentration that you will take.

In addition to the required foundations course, name and describe three other courses you would like to design and carry out. Include thoughts about theorists or texts that might be central to your studies and research. These courses should reinforce your theoretical knowledge about the potential thesis topic and the practicum.

Briefly describe your initial thoughts about a practicum experience (internship, active project, clinical work, teaching, or field based research) you might complete as part of your program. The practicum will offer you the opportunity to explore the theories and demonstrate your learning in your field of study in a practical, real-world context.

Discuss your thoughts about a potential thesis topic and how you might begin to cover it.

Discuss how you will integrate issues of social and ecological awareness and justice into your studies and research.

If you have questions about your proposed area of academic focus and if it is supported by the Prescott College Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program, please contact the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Admissions Representative prior to completing this essay, (877) 350-2100.

Academic Essays- School Guidance Counseling

Graduate applicants to school guidance counseling programs must submit a personal statement with their application materials. In three to five pages, integrate your thoughts around these two major themes into a comprehensive personal statement. Please address each of the specific parts identified within each theme.

Write about your educational goals.

  • The events in your life that lead you to want to earn a graduate degree in Education with teacher certification.
  • The role this area of study now plays in your life and what has been your experience, if any, in this discipline.
  • How you envision your life goals and professional aspirations changing as a result of this educational experience.

Write about your readiness to thrive in a graduate program in which you would work independently and requires high levels of self-direction and motivation. 

  • Describe your experiences completing independent projects.
  • Discuss how your existing support network will help you handle the sense of isolation that can occur when completing projects independently.
  • Write about how your strengths and weaknesses will play a part as you begin this program. 
  • Describe what kind of help you will need to address any weakness.

Academic Focus Essay for School Guidance Counseling

Applicants are free to frame their response within the context of a proposed thesis topic if they wish. In three to five pages, address your vision for your studies in Education. Each area below must be covered in your essay. Highlight each section with a heading title.

  • In thinking about the field of education as an element of modern society, identify and discuss five problem areas that you find interesting enough to explore further as a student in the Master of Arts program. Please discuss a minimum of seven resources (books and articles) you are familiar with or look forward to using.
  • Briefly describe your initial thoughts about a Practicum experience (internship, teaching) you might complete as part of your program. The practicum will offer you the opportunity to explore the theories and demonstrate your learning in your field of study in a practical, real-world context. 
  • Discuss your thoughts about a potential Thesis topic and how you might begin to cover it.
  • Discuss how you will integrate Issues of Social and Ecological Awareness and Justice into your studies and research.

If you have questions about your proposed area of academic focus and if it is supported by the Prescott College Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program, please contact the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Admissions Representative prior to completing this essay, (877) 350-2100.

Computer Literacy

Students are expected to enter the Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program with a level of technology competency sufficient to function effectively in the program. Proficiency is defined as knowledge of computer concepts, email, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and database applications. Graduate students must be able use message boards or computer conferencing to communicate with others, download and upload files, and attach files to email. Students are required to have full-time access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection.

Deferred Matriculation

Students wishing to defer matriculation may do so by sending a written request to the Director of Admission and paying a $100 non-refundable deposit. Matriculation will be postponed for up to a full academic year, subject to successful completion of any academic work undertaken during that time.

International Students

Applications from international students are always welcome. International students whose native language is not English must exhibit a competency in the English language, with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) or at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT® Test exam.

Please note that achieving the minimum TOEFL score requirement does not guarantee entrance to the graduate program.

Accepted International Students must demonstrate ability to meet educational expenses while studying at Prescott College for the first year. This is called "financial certification." (Students living in Canada and Mexico are also required to document financial certification.) This is the same standard that consular and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) officers will use to determine a student’s financial stability.

Students should anticipate that they will be required to present documentary evidence of financial support at the time they apply for a visa and again to the CIS when they arrive in the United States. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family.

Documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery, or in the form of legally binding affidavit from CIS. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents.

International students must submit official transcripts translated into English to Admissions. International students are also required to have non-U.S. school transcripts evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with this service. Master of Arts applicants will need to provide Admissions with a general report or basic statement of comparability.

Recommended credential evaluation service:

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)

P.O. Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231

(310) 258-9451

Course-Only Students

An individual who has been awarded a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university may undertake course work at Prescott College in a new area of study or as a specialization within their current discipline. Post-graduate course work may be completed in order to fulfill any personal or professional scholarly interest, to meet a job requirement, or to meet requirements for state or private certification or licensure in a particular field. In these situations, the individual may apply to the Master’s program as a non-degree seeking student to complete the courses needed.

Accepted course-only students must enroll for a minimum of six credits during any given semester. Interested individuals apply through the regular channels, creating a Study Plan for the intended course work. Note: course-only students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Transfer Credits

A 3-credit Research Methods course is a requirement of the Limited-Residency Master of Arts program. Applicants who completed a research methods course from another accredited graduate program may request to have that course count in transfer. When a previous Research Methods course is accepted by faculty, the student will be required to enroll in a one credit Advanced Methods or methodology course in order to prepare for their Thesis. Students will still need to complete a minimum of 40 credits in the Prescott College Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program in order to be eligible to graduate.

The Counseling Psychology and Education (Teacher Preparation track) programs accept up to 15 credits in graduate transfer course work from regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions as long as College faculty members confirm that the courses and credits to be transferred meet College-established curricular standards and expectations. Regardless of transfer credits, students must complete a set minimum required credits for each degree program.