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Virginia Tech — Urban Affairs and Planning

Program Type:
Master's International
Urban Affairs and Planning
Degrees Awarded:
Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
Admissions Deadlines:
Admissions Cycle:
Program Start:
August 15
Program Founded:
June, 1998


Students can earn up to12 academic credits for Peace Corps related activities depending upon their interest and abilities. MIP students team-up with international development faculty and returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to enhance academic continuity and support throughout the student's program of study at Virginia Tech. MI students are eligible to receive financial support through graduate assistantships awarded on a competitive basis in their first year. Graduate assistantships are usually restored to eligible MI Volunteers after their return from the field.


The Peace Corps Master's International (MI) program at Virginia Tech is integrated with the International Development Planning and Policy concentration founded in 1988 in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Our program offers a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in conjunction with the Peace Corps. The program is designed to prepare Volunteers for service in the areas of municipal and NGO development. Courses cover such subjects as international development policy and planning, community and economic development, non-profit organization management, non-governmental organization development, natural resources planning, pollution control, land use and environmental planning, community renewable energy systems, and urban growth management. Before beginning their Peace Corps assignments, student participants will be expected to have made satisfactory progress toward their degree. The students' Peace Corps service may provide a foundation for a thesis or major paper as determined by students and their faculty advisors. Students are required to submit quarterly reports, for which academic credit may be received. Minority participation is encouraged.


Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university.

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Prof. Max Stephenson Jr.
MI Coordinator

Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance 205 West Roanoke Street
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
(540) 231-7340
(541) 231-6772

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