Expand your knowledge and advance your skills as an adventurer and leader with an online master of arts degree. Our online masters in adventure education is the oldest credit-bearing curriculum of its type in the country. At Prescott College, you’ll explore what excites you while gaining new perspectives as you design a degree based on your passions and your goals. You’ll work with experts in your chosen field, whether that be a risk manager who knows the ropes, or a facilitator who can teach you the skills you’re looking for. Unlike 100% online degrees, this program is a limited-residency format that combines online classes, mentored studies, and in-person opportunities to connect with faculty and other students. You have the flexibility to study precisely what inspires you.

With the support of our experienced faculty, you’ll be able to expand your knowledge and explore topics in new ways that will challenge you and ignite your inner scholar with particular attention to these areas:

  • Leadership
  • Safety and risk management
  • Social justice (women, people of color, LGBTQA+)
  • Nature and place-based programming
  • Trauma-informed adventure education
  • Neuroscience informed adventure education

Potential paths within this program include:

  • Leadership and program administration
  • Environmental education & outdoor programming,
  • Experiential and transformative education,
  • Wellness, ecopsychology/ecotherapy, and mind/body-based practices
  • Curricular development and transformation (e.g., service-learning, social justice, sustainability in education)
  • Adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, and therapeutic adventure

Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
MA57050 Origins and Directions in Adventure Education 3
MA57508 Program Administration in Adventure Education 3
MA57509 The Spiritual Components of Adventure and Environmental Education 3
MA57703 People and Nature: An Exploration of our Relationships with the Natural World 2

Application Requirements

  • Autobiographical essay
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement

Career Outcomes

  • Outdoor Program Administration
  • Outfitter
  • Guide
  • Coach
  • Leadership Development Consultant

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of contemporary and foundational knowledge and theory in the student's field of study
  • Ability to integrate theoretical and practical aspects of the field
  • Development of social literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their own and other cultures, and the impact this relationship has on the student's field of study and professional practice
  • Development of ecological literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their environment (ecological, spiritual, and cultural), and of the relevance of these ideas to one's field of study and professional practice

The way learning is approached at Prescott College is so empowering. The trust and confidence the program placed in me, as a scholar, made me feel that much more confident in my own abilities to set my own course and direct my own process." 

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