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Illinois State University — Politics and Government

Program Type:
Master's International
Politics and Government
Degrees Awarded:
Political Science (MA), Political Science (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

March 1st for fullest consideration.

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Program Founded:
September, 1997


Graduate assistantship ($900/month) during Fall and Spring semesters; 100% tuition waiver worth up to $27,924 over 2-year program; 6 semester hours of academic credit for Peace Corps service, with fees waived; other benefits. Please see Financial Support.


Peace Corps applicants who are passionate about social change through service have a home at Illinois State University's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development.

Through coursework and Peace Corps service, students earn a master’s degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. Within each degree program, the Applied Community/Economic Development Sequence covers a range of topics, including project design and management, grant writing, and other subjects in administration and planning. Additionally, each student drives an individual research agenda in areas like sustainable development, food systems, microfinance, and housing.

The Master’s International Program is interdisciplinary, relevant, and challenging, with a powerful combination of benefits:

•             Generous financial support for every student we accept:  A full tuition waiver and a graduate assistantship with stipend, from the very first semester.

•             A truly interdisciplinary classroom:  Our students benefit from their peers’ and faculty’s range of expertise and diverse backgrounds.  The mix of students - those with Peace Corps experience, those with other community development experience, and those preparing for Peace Corps service - is a real strength of Stevenson Center programs.

•             Real-world experience:  Applied projects are woven into courses during the year on campus.  Master’s International students then apply their knowledge through their Peace Corps service—a great platform for the next career move.

•             Individual attention:  Illinois State University has the resources of a large university with the feel of a small school. The Stevenson Center is also small by design, with seminar-sized classes and strong faculty and staff support.

The kinds of skills applied and level of responsibility during Peace Corps allow alumni to pursue development work both in the U.S. and overseas. Affiliated faculty and staff have expertise in a range of topics to support students' projects.


Please see Admissions Information.

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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Beverly A. Beyer
Associate Director

Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development Campus Box 4200
Normal, Illinois 61790-4200
(309) 438-7090
(309) 428-5228

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