Accelerated Master’s Option

  1. Before applying to an Accelerated Masters, the undergraduate applicant should consult both with their undergraduate faculty advisor and the Accelerated Master’s Program Coordinator well in advance of seeking accelerated admission to ensure that planned graduate coursework will satisfy the graduation requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • Students typically apply during their Junior year.
    • Transfer students may also apply in their Junior year.
    • Transfer students who enter as seniors may apply in the first semester of their senior year.
  2. The applicant’s undergraduate degree plan must be revised and approved by the Accelerated Master’s Program Director (or their undergraduate faculty advisor) to include the graduate courses being taken as a part of the undergraduate degree requirements, prior to beginning the coursework.
    • The updated degree plan does not have to be approved by the Graduate Program Director. The updated degree plan is required for application to the Accelerated Masters.
    • Transfer students are required to complete an updated degree plan prior to the end of their first term as a transfer student.
  3. Prior to the admissions deadline for the graduate program, the applicant should file a formal application for admission to the graduate program.
  4. The appropriate program director will work with the admissions office to approve or deny the accelerated admissions application.
    • The applicant will receive a decision letter. Applicants accepted to the Accelerated Master’s program are admitted to the Master’s program contingent upon completing their bachelor’s degree.
  5. The bachelor’s degree is awarded when the applicant has satisfied all graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
  6. Applicants must complete the bachelor’s degree according to the degree plan in order to be eligible to enroll as a graduate student and complete their master’s degree.
  7. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree the student then becomes a graduate student.
  8. Undergraduate degree credit may not count toward the accelerated master's program.

NOTES:

Any remaining graduate credits after completion of the bachelor's degree, would be charged at the applicable rate of tuition for the graduate degree earned.

If applicants do not receive credit for all graduate courses attempted as an undergraduate, maintain continuous enrollment, or enroll as a graduate applicant when planned, admission to the graduate program is withdrawn. Each graduate program specifies the curricular requirements for their program as well as the courses that may be taken by undergraduates with accelerated admission to graduate study.

Accelerated master’s applicants are subject to all policies, deadlines, and requirements of the undergraduate program in which they are enrolled.

Dual Master’s Degree Opportunities at Prescott College

The Dual Master’s Degree Opportunities (Dual Degree Opportunities) at Prescott College are the result of careful coordination among program directors in closely aligned fields where interdisciplinary synergies in theoretical foundations, acquired knowledge and employable skills help achieve students’ and the College’s shared goals of sustainability, equity and justice.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainability Leadership and Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS)

Prescott College currently offers a Dual Degree Opportunity with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainability Leadership and the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS). The dual MBA-MSFS degree program is 45 credits in length (versus 66 credits if the degrees are pursued separately). Please see the Master of Business Administration in Sustainability Leadership and the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems sections of the catalog for more information about the learning objectives and course offerings of each program, individually, and the course of study associated with each.

Graduate applicants may enroll in Dual Degree Opportunities at Prescott College. Prospective students apply directly for the Dual Degree Opportunity and receive formal admission to the specific Dual Degree program. Students admitted to a Dual Degree program take graduate courses specified as satisfying the requirements for the applicable Dual Degree program, which will include the majority of, if not all of the core courses of each individual program.

The following procedures are used for applicants seeking admission into a Dual Degree program:

  1. The graduate applicant should consult the Prescott College Catalog for the Dual Degree Program offering (for example, the Dual MBA-MSFS) as well as the catalog entry of each of the separate programs to ensure that prerequisites, if any, are taken into consideration.
  2. Prior to the admissions deadline for the graduate program, the applicant should file a formal application for admission to the Dual Degree program of choice (rather than one of the separate degree programs).
  3. The Program Directors of both programs associated with the Dual Degree program of choice will work with the admissions office to approve or deny the Dual Degree program application, and/or state any conditions to admission that must be satisfied by the student.
  4. Admitted students in the Dual Degree program will work with the Program Directors of both programs to develop a degree completion plan to ensure graduation requirements of both programs are met through the Dual Degree Opportunity. Program Directors at Prescott College will work in close coordination to ensure student success and timely graduation.
  5. The degrees are awarded when the student has satisfied all graduation requirements for both degrees as outlined in the specific Dual Degree program section of the Prescott College Catalog and agreed upon with the Program Directors (see 4 above).
  6. Dual Degree students are subject to all policies, deadlines, and requirements of each of the programs.
  7. If students do not receive credit for all graduate courses attempted in the Dual Degree program, it may be possible to apply for admission and transfer to one or the other of the two programs associated with the Dual Degree Opportunity but the Dual Degree may not be possible without successful completion of all required credits.
  8. The graduate courses taken while enrolled in a Dual Degree program may count towards meeting dual master’s degree requirements so long as not more than 67% of the credits required for degree completion in the degree program with the least amount of credits are applied to the Dual Degree Opportunity.  For example, the MBA program is 30 credits and the MSFS program is 36 credits. At a minimum, a student enrolled in the Dual MBA-MSFS program would need to take a total of 45 credits (15 courses) to meet the Dual Degree credit requirement, which is 21 credits, or seven courses fewer than if the degrees were separately pursued.

Non-Matriculated Graduate Students

Students who are not formally admitted to a Prescott College program may seek to enroll on a course by course basis, if the following conditions are met​​​​​

  • Space is available in the course
  • Graduate courses require approval from the Program Director

This policy does not apply to visiting students from partner schools or universities (EcoLeague, CIEL, etc.), which has its own enrollment process.

Non-Matriculated Credit Limits

The following limits apply towards non-matriculated credits that a student may take before or without formal enrollment in a program:

  • Graduate credit limit: 9 credits or typically 3 classes

If a non-matriculating student is interested in continuing their studies as a degree-seeking student, they must complete the admissions process for their program of interest. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student are not guaranteed to transfer to a degree program. Formal admission to a program are subject to all admissions requirements and admissions committee evaluations.

Tuition is charged at a per credit rate that is equal to the program credit rate.

To apply as a non-matriculated student, use the following form:

https://join-us.prescott.edu/register/credit-only

Upon application receipt, an admissions representative will reach out to the student to assist them through the process. The following is required before the student may enroll in the course:

  • Program Director Approval
  • Transcripts (unofficial are accepted) Student would need to submit official transcripts if they decide to apply for a graduate program at a later date:
    • Master's courses: Transcripts showing bachelor's degree conferral
    • Doctoral courses: Transcripts showing master’s degree conferral

Upon completion of application and all requirements, the student will be permitted to register for courses.

Non-matriculated students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.