Equine Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) - Graduate


I have learned from many of the finest and most respected in the field of EAMH, and I have been provided exceptional opportunities to gain a better foundation of where the field currently stands. I truly feel that the EAMH concentration at Prescott College values the inner process and evolution of each individual, and much like our dear companion; the horse, the EAMH faculty, courses, and intensives encourage students to become more aware of their own infinite possibilities. - Nathan Lee, M.A. ‘11

Considered by many to be the leading academic program in its field in North America, our Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) program offers training in methods of partnering with equines to support human growth and development. Our program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology while specializing in the rapidly evolving modality of partnering with equines in therapy. 


This 75 semester credit graduate program prepares students for licensure or certification in their home state as mental health professionals with a concentration in Equine-Assisted Mental Health.

Our EAMH program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses.  Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop.  The fifth course is comprised of supervised clinical work in the field.

Course work (15 graduate credits)

·         Explorations in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
·         Applied Relational Horsemanship in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
·         Group Process and Facilitation in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
·         Best Practices in Equine-Assisted Mental Health
·         Equine-Assisted Mental Health Clinical Field Experience (includes 100 hours of supervised client work)


The EAMH program provides a breadth of resources, perspectives and faculty support that informs and enhances your personal journey and exploration of bringing people and horses together to support profound growth and change. The student-directed nature of the program allows you to discover ways of partnering with the horse in the field of mental health that suit you and the populations you want to work with.

Relational Horsemanship at Prescott College

The principles of relational horsemanship are not new, they are fairly universal, and lay the framework for relationships of many kinds, human-to-human, and human to the natural world. Engaging with the horse in a way that not only focuses on the task at hand, but requires meeting each individual where they are and staying present in the moment. Relationships with horses, like those with people, need to be developed, and they take a lot of the same skills: listening, observing, leading and following, collaboration through partnership, and creating connection. A central part of this process is the ability to recognize your own authentic expression.

Residential Intensives

Students in the Master of Arts program in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Equine-assisted Mental Health attend four-day Residential Intensive at a local equine facility as part of their course work. Residential Intensives are held immediately before or after the required Master of Arts Colloquia. Students pay a fee of $495 per intensive for ranch accommodations, food, and facility use, as well as for care and feeding of the equine herd. The fee can be covered through financial aid.


Applicants seeking a similar educational experience without the goal of pursuing professional licensure are encouraged to apply to the Equine-assisted Learning concentration through the Masters of Arts program with a concentration in Education .

A  Post-M.A. Certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health or Equine Assisted Learning is also available. Contact admissions at 877.350.2100 for additional information.

Post MA Certificate in Counseling: Equine Assisted Mental Health FAQ

Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 8 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 8 months.


*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Q: How much will this program cost me?*


Tuition and fees: $11,325

Books and supplies: $900

On-campus room & board: not offered


For further program cost information see

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Q: What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?


The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.


* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Q: What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?


Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *

Private education loans: *

Institutional financing plan: *


* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

   For more information about available Prescott College scholarships, see Prescott College Scholarships

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