Jump to Content or Main Navigation

Scenic images from the field

Monterey Institute of International Studies — MA International Environmental Policy

Program Type:
Master's International
MA International Environmental Policy
Degrees Awarded:
Environmental Policy (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Priority application deadlines for scholarship review for fall term are December 1, February 1, and March 1.  Coverdell Fellows’ applications are due by March 1st.

Application fee waivers are available; however, these waivers can only be granted when using our paper application

Admissions Cycle: Rolling. Scholarship application deadlines for Fall See website for details.

Admissions Cycle:

Rolling. Scholarship application deadlines in Fall and Spring. See website for details.

Program Start:
Fall (August) or Spring (January)
Program Founded:
October, 2007


The Peace Corps Master's International MA in International Environmental Policy (IEP) is an innovative degree program that emphasizes teamwork, participation, learner empowerment, and practical, relevant applications.  Students will enjoy the benefit of a versatile, flexible MAIEP centered on the development of core competencies that prepare participants for a broad range of careers and training and education in a geographic locale that focuses extensively on those policies and programs designed to maintain and enhance the environment and sustainable development in all sectors (inter-government and government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations).

The pre-service training provided on campus in Monterey integrates linguistic and cultural competencies, with solid skills and critical knowledge in environmental policy. Opportunities to accelerate the degree program include additional trainings or in-service projects, allowing completion of the MAIEP in a total of 3 or 4 semesters on campus. Half-tuition scholarships are applied for the final semester of study following Peace Corps service. Students also may apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Monterey Institute. Students can earn up to 14 credits for Peace Corps service.


The PCMI MAIEP trains students to tackle complex, global challenges with practical policy solutions. The pre-service training provided on campus in Monterey integrates linguistic and cultural competencies with solid skills in environmental policy and communication.

The first and largest of its kind, the Monterey Institute's MAIEP program bridges the gap between the academic and policy worlds. We provide in-depth core courses in environmental economics, international environmental law, global environmental politics, and the interface of science and policy.  The MAIEP curriculum prepares students with needed to craft effective policy solutions for global environmental issues.

Three main focus areas within the MAIEP:

  1. Sixteen (16) credit concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
  2. Eight (8) credit focus area in one of the two tracks:  Business, Sustainability and Development and/or Natural Resource Policy and Management. 

The PCMI MAIEP is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to become effective contributors to environmental education or resource conservation efforts during their Peace Corps service.

How it Works

  1. PCMI students typically enroll for two to three semesters on the Monterey Institute campus to complete core classes, focused electives and foreign language requirements (if required).  
  2. PCMI students then fulfill 27 months of Peace Corps service (3 months of training in country followed by 24 months of service). 
  3. Upon completion of service, PCMI students return to the Monterey Institute campus to complete courses needed for graduation.


The Monterey Institute offers rolling admissions, with entry in the Fall semester only. Students may apply to the Monterey Institute online. Application fee waivers are available; however, these waivers can only be granted when using our paper application.  Admission to the Monterey Institute MAIEP program requires a four-year US bachelor's degree (or equivalent), with a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), including a minimum of one to two years of university-level language instruction or equivalent proficiency, depending on your language of study.

Application materials include an application form, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a resume or curriculum vitae, and application fee.

Students apply separately to Peace Corps, indicating Master's International on application form.

Learn more about all MIIS Peace Corps programs at: http://www.miis.edu/academics/programs/peacecorps.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Edy Rhodes
Career and Academic Advisor

Center for Advising and Career Services
McCone Bldg. M307
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 647-4627
(831) 647-4117

Find Local Events

Peace Corps recruiters appear at information sessions, campus and community events, and career fairs. Pick a state and find a Peace Corps event near you.

Peace Corps Digital Library