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Apply for Ph.D. in Sustainability Education

Get started on your doctorate by applying today.

The first step toward earning your PhD through Prescott College is to complete your application to the doctoral program. This includes crafting your essays and requesting your letters of recommendation.  You'll find everything you need to get started on this page, along with admissions deadlines. Take some time to look over the information.

If you have questions, call 877-350-2100 or e-mail admissions@prescott.edu.  We look forward to welcoming you to the PhD program!

Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Life/work experience related to the area of study
  • Evidence of self-direction
  • Previous relevant academic experience
  • Excellent writing skills

How to Apply

It is essential that students complete their applications by the February 15 deadline.

Prescott College welcomes a limited number of new students into the Ph.D. program each August. To support such a selective system, the Admissions Committee must take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. The Committee considers each applicant, giving special attention to individuals who demonstrate a preparedness to enter into a student-directed low-residency Ph.D. program.

Admission Schedule

The College welcomes new students into the program each fall. Because admission is competitive and enrollment limited, it is essential that students complete their applications by the February 15 deadline.

Applications received after the class is full will be put on a waitlist, and the Admissions Committee will evaluate them if openings in the class occur.

Applicants will receive an admissions decision four to six weeks after February 15.

Admitted students who choose not to enroll must notify the Director of Admissions in writing that they would like to have their application considered for the next enrollment period.

Complete Applications Include

  • Application: Limited-Residency Ph.D. Program
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts documenting the bachelor's and master's degrees, in sealed envelopes from the degree-granting institution(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including the recommendation forms sent directly to Admissions. The recommendation form can be found as part of the Application above.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Program Proposal

The personalized nature of the admissions process transcends the need to require standardized test scores. The insight gained through the Personal Statement and the Program Proposal allows the Admissions Committee to evaluate each applicant on her or his own merits and readiness for doctoral study.

In certain cases one or more requirements may be waived.

Submit Applications to:

Prescott College Admissions
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301

Personal Statement

  • In three to five pages, articulate your extent of knowledge and preparation in the field; capacity for introspection, reflection and critical thinking; and how your personal history has brought you to this point.

Guiding Themes

  • Yourself in relation to your proposed doctoral studies.
  • What events in your life have led you to want to earn a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education?
  • What have been your life and learning experiences in this field?
  • How large a part does this field play in your life and learning?

Your Learning Goals

  • What do you want to know that you do not presently know?
  • What do you want to do that you haven't already done?
  • How do you want to be different than you are right now?

Merging Interests and Course of Study

  • How does this new learning relate to your Program Proposal?
  • What are some of your personal, social, or work-related interests that might become areas of research?

Your Readiness for Doctoral Study

  • What experiences do you have initiating and directing independent projects?
  • How do you handle the isolation that often comes with completing projects independently?
  • What expertise and kind of relationship are you looking for with adjunct faculty?

The Program Proposal

In three to five pages, articulate your readiness to conceive and carry out independent doctoral work in Sustainability Education. A complete proposal will include the following sections and information.


  • A discussion of your understanding of Sustainability Education.

Phase One

  • Refer to the doctoral Foundation Course descriptions. Re-envision these course descriptions so they relate directly to your specific area of interest.

Phase Two

  • Create four to six courses that reflect your specific area of focus.
  • Include a title and a three-to-five-sentence description for each.
  • Add a proposed bibliography of three to five titles per course.
  • Propose a relevant Research Methodologies and Methods course.
  • Include a proposed bibliography.

Phase Three

  • Create ideas for one or more Practica where you would provide service to a community and learn from the experience.
  • Submit a preliminary idea for a Dissertation/Project.

Computer Literacy

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

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 Test (PBT) or at least 80 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT) 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 is wise to get several sets of original financial documents.

International applicants must submit official transcripts translated into English to Admissions. International applicants 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. 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