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Distance learning at Prescott College began in the 1970's

In 1978, Prescott College translated its experiential approach to liberal arts learning into one of the first hybrid distance education programs in the nation. In this “limited residency” model students learn through individualized, one-to-one work with mentors in their home communities. Students also travel to Prescott for on-campus orientations and colloquia. Most learning is conducted at a distance from Prescott College, but in close relationship with mentors and faculty advisors. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts, in the 1980s we began offering teacher preparation programs in a limited-residency format. In 1992, we launched five interdisciplinary distance master’s degree programs: Adventure Education, Education, Environmental Studies, Humanities, and Counseling. And in 2005, the College opened the world’s first Ph.D. Program in Sustainability Education.

Today, we offer 100% online degrees in addition to the limited-residency format bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. programs. 

Our programs are flexible 

Our programs are structured enough to give you support, while allowing you to take charge of your education and build a program that inspires you and will take you where you want to go.