Apply for Limited-Residency Master of Arts

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Are you ready to start your masters degree at Prescott College? We take a holistic approach to admissions - looking beyond numbers and grades. We want to get to know you. We look at evidence of good citizenship and community involvement, your goals and passions, and your unique talents. We thoughtfully and carefully consider all applications, looking beyond the paperwork to see the individual who wants to make a difference in the world. 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. 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 applying, (877) 350-2100.

Application Process:

STEP 1: Review Application Requirements.

Carefully review and begin gathering all application requirements:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters from academic or professional sources addressing your capability to complete graduate level work. Letters must contain the writer’s contact information and must explain the relationship to you. Letters can be collected via email through the online application process or may be emailed to directly by the recommender and from the recommender’s email address.
  2. Current Resume
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. $40 application fee
  5. Academic Focus Essay: Applicants are free to frame their response within the context of a proposed thesis topic if they wish. You can find a help sheet here. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Discuss your thoughts about a potential thesis topic and how you might begin to cover it.
    5. Discuss how you will integrate issues of social and ecological awareness and justice into your studies and research.
  6. Personal Statement Essay: 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
    1. Write about your educational goals. 
      1. The events in your life that lead you to want to earn a master's degree in the area you have indicated.
      2. The role this area of study now plays in your life and what your experience has been, if any, in this discipline.
      3. How you envision your life goals and professional aspirations changing as a result of this educational experience

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

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

STEP 2: Apply Online. 

Select your application below. If you have any questions about which application to use, please choose the chat option on your screen or call us at 1-877-350-2100, option 1. If you are in need of a paper application please contact the admissions office.


STEP 3: Submit application materials

Submit all application requirements during the application or email separately to You can also mail official transcripts and materials to Prescott College, Office of Admissions 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, Arizona, 86301. 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 Prescott College Admissions in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

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 36 credits in the Prescott College Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program in order to be eligible to graduate.