Admissions for Doctoral Program

Online PhD in Education / Sustainability Education

To be eligible for the Ph.D. program, applicants must have been awarded a master’s or other graduate degree from an accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the U.S. or an equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Individuals must first apply, be admitted, and confirm their enrollment through a tuition deposit. 


Ph.D. in Sustainability Education

  • Completed admissions application
  • Two professional and/or academic references. 
    • Once the application is submitted, the references will receive an email inviting them to complete a recommendation questionnaire.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts that show a master’s degree conferral are acceptable to receive a conditional admissions decision. In addition to unofficial undergraduate transcripts, applicants must submit unofficial transcripts for any additional graduate work or degree.
    • Official transcripts from the highest degree earned are required by the end of the first academic term. Official transcripts are also required for any graduate courses completed that meet transfer requirements. Official transcripts should arrive electronically or in a sealed envelope directly from the institution providing them. 
  • Admission interviews may be required on a case-by-case basis.


Applicants may apply online at Materials (e.g., official transcripts) can be mailed to:

Office of Admissions

Prescott College

220 Grove Avenue

Prescott, AZ 86301


Computer Literacy 

Applicants are expected to enter the College with a level of technology competency sufficient to function effectively in the program. Proficiency is defined as a knowledge of and proficiency using email, navigating the Internet, and basic word-processing skills. Applicants must be able to use message boards and computer conferencing tools to communicate with others, download and upload files, and attach files to email.

Applicants are required to have full-time access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection.

Conditional Admission

Some applicants may be admitted based on the condition that they furnish required admissions documentation by a specified deadline. This may include final official transcripts to show proof of pending coursework, or the conferral of a master’s degree appropriate to the degree program to which they have been admitted.

Transfer Credits

Admitted Ph.D. students may be eligible to transfer up to 36 degree-applicable credits of master's coursework directly to the Ph.D. program. Once applicants have been formally admitted to the Ph.D. program, they may apply for this "accelerated" option. Admissions will provide a secondary application form to complete, determining the student's eligibility. The secondary application form will include the opportunity to propose transfer credits and/or professional experience:


  • List of courses that the applicant wishes to petition to have accepted

  • A succinct statement describing how each course listed pertains to one or more doctoral learning outcomes

Transcripts from the original Ph.D. application, along with the secondary application, will be used by the Program Director to review the credits to determine if they are degree-applicable.