Prescott College Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies (MS)

Master of Science

Our unique bioregional approach shows students how to connect deeply to their local ecological and human communities wherever they end up during their professional careers. The program comprises 36 credits, which include five foundational courses and three areas of concentration to choose from–conservation biology, environmental communication, or a self-designed focus. The emphasis on practical and local application of knowledge and development of a professional network prepares students for success, whether they are just launching a career or looking for growth in an established position. Our students graduate with the knowledge and confidence to be leaders and join a nationwide community ready to make a difference.

"Our Master of Science in Environmental Studies demonstrates that a thoroughly place-based approach to online education can build community at a distance and create a web of connected bioregional experts." - Dr. Meriel Brooks, Faculty Director MS Environmental Studies 

Join a cutting-edge community ready to make a difference in the world.

Leading Faculty: Our faculty are nationally known as leaders in their fields, and have in-depth experience as teachers, researchers, and practitioners. 
Make Connections in Your Own Community: The bioregional approach encourages students to engage with stakeholders and make connections with professionals in their communities, building networks and making real-world contributions through applied assignments and capstone projects. 
Learn Online: Our online degree allows students to balance their lives. Classes are conducted online, with mentored studies opportunities. 
Integration with Other Graduate Programs: Choose electives from any of the other graduate programs we offer. 
A College Recognized for Environmental Leadership: The strong emphasis on ethics and sustainability that permeates our curricula and community produces graduates inclined to activism in environmental, political, and social issues. 



  • 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
  • Ability to demonstrate written communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • Ability to demonstrate oral communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • 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 your 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 your field of study and professional practice


  • Resource Manager 
  • Forest Service Researcher 
  • Environmental Lawyer 
  • Environmental Science Educator 
  • Corporate Sustainability Manager


  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
Our Faculty

Mariana Altricher

Instruction|Associate Faculty

Meriel Brooks

Instruction|Faculty / Coordinator, MS Environmental Studies

Chris Brooks

Instruction|Associate Faculty

Robin Currey

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Sustainable Food Systems

Lori Curtis

Instruction|Associate Faculty, Sustainable Food Systems

Denise Mitten

Instruction|Faculty / Director, PhD in Sustainability Education


Peter Sherman

Instruction|Faculty / Director, MA Environmental Studies


Lisa Trocchia

Instruction|Associate Faculty

Hava Villaverde

Instruction|Associate Faculty