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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor — School of Education

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Education
Degrees Awarded:
Education Studies (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:
January 1 (for need-based funding consideration); through June 30
Admissions Cycle:
Program Start:
Program Founded:
September, 2010


Peace Corps Master's International applicants are eligible for all fellowship and assistantship opportunities open to other School of Education Master's degree students. Students who plan to teach upon completion of their degree are also eligible for loans that are forgivable upon completion of two years of teaching experience. Please contact the Educational Studies department for funding information: ed.studies.info@umich.edu

Students will also earn six credit hours in the context of completing Peace Corps service and associated assignments, satisfying the required internship experience for the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program. The six credits will count towards the total 30 credits needed to complete the Master's degree, reducing on-campus time to two terms of 12 credits/4 courses per term.


The Peace Corps Master's International program at the School of Education (SOE) combines the experience of working in educational settings abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer with an academic program that gives students a broader and deeper knowledge about the issues they experience. The combined experience provides a rich base for future professional roles in education or public service. Interested students should first apply to the Master of Arts in Educational Studies program, selecting one of four thematic threads:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Digital Media & Education
  • Educational Assessment & Evaluation
  • Educational Policy & Leadership

Once accepted to one of these Master's programs, students should submit their Peace Corps application, indicating their interest in the Master's International program.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their Peace Corps application nine months to one year prior to their desired departure date. Students will officially be considered a Master's International student when they are both admitted by the Educational Studies program at the School of Education and are nominated to serve in the Peace Corps.

The Master of Arts in Educational Studies program requires 30 credit hours of study. Peace Corps Master's International students enroll in courses at U-M for one-to-two semesters (12-24 credit hours) and then depart for Peace Corps service. On return to the university and presenting their experiences in a mini-seminar, students receive 6 credits for the Peace Corps experience. They then complete any remaining credit hours before receiving their Master's degree.


Please visit the School of Education's website to learn more about each of our four Master of Arts in Educational Studies degree options via the links below. For detailed information on how to apply please visit our Peace Corps Master's International admissions page.

Additional information can be found on our website:

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Laura Mayers
Student Services Assistant

Office of Student Affairs
School of Education
610 E. University, Suite 1225
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259
(734) 764-3578
(734) 763-1495

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