Peace Corps Master's International

Peace Corps or Grad School....Why Not Do Both?

In September, 2010, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Peace Corps formed an official Master's International (MI) relationship.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 14, 2010 - Peace Corps Press Release....In commemoration of Sen. John F. Kennedy's speech at the University of Michigan 50 years ago, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) welcoming the University of Michigan to the Master's International program. The University of Michigan is one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. Historically, 2,331 University of Michigan alumni have served in the Peace Corps....

The Peace Corps Master's International program combines the incredible experience of working abroad helping others as a Peace Corps volunteer while furthering your education.  While you are completing your Peace Corps service, you are also gaining academic credit towards your master of science or master of landscape architecture. 

Application Process:

  • Apply to SNRE.  After admitted to SNRE, apply to the Peace Corps.   You must be accepted to both to be in the MI program.
  • If you apply to SNRE by January 5, your application will be in our first review and you should learn of our decision by early March.
  • The offer letter from U-M SNRE should be brought to the Peace Corps interview.
  • The Peace Corps application review requires medical and legal review. 
    • To depart for Peace Corps service in April, May or June 2014, applications need to be submitted by June 30, 2013.
  • 9-12 months after applying to the Peace Corps, one learns of their PC invitation.


Curriculum Timeline for U-M SNRE - PC MI program:

  • Complete Year 1 of MS or MLAprogram
    • Take core courses and work towards completing field of study (FOS) requirements
  • Leave the summer (May/June) after Year 1
  • Complete 24-27 months Peace Corps service
    • Students blog quarterly report and photos
  • Return to SNRE and complete MS or MLA program requirements.Students register for 6 hours of academic credit.  Peace Corps service is in lieu of the master's opus requirement.


Why Pursue a Master's International Program?

  • Hands-on experience with real-world international environmental issues, which help you excel in the classroom and beyond
  • Enhanced career opportunities because of significant professional international experience
  • RPCVs can receive temporary noncompetitive status for federal employment
  • Immersion into foreign language and cross-cultural learning
  • Opportunity to make a difference


SNRE Contact Information:

MI Coordinator and Director of Academic Programs

Sara O'Brien


Peace Corps MI Program

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