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Monterey Institute of International Studies — MPA

Program Type:
Master's International
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
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:

Admissions Cycle: Rolling, scholarship application deadlines for fall and spring. See website for details.

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


The Peace Corps Master's International MPA is an innovative degree program that emphasizes teamwork, participation, learner empowerment, and asset-based transformation. Students will enjoy the benefit of a versatile, flexible MPA centered on the development of core competencies that prepare participants for a broad range of careers. The pre-service training provided on campus in Monterey integrates linguistic and cultural competencies with solid skills in public administration and nonprofit management. Opportunities to accelerate the degree program include additional trainings or in-service projects, allowing completion of the MPA 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 can earn up to 14 credit hours for service. Students also may apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Monterey Institute.


The Graduate School of International Policy Studies (GSIPS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies offers an MPA that prepares Peace Corps volunteers for international organizational strengthening and community development.

Students in the PCMI MPA program begin studies in the Fall or Spring semester. We provide in-depth core courses in public and nonprofit management, nonprofit financial management, program evaluation and research methods. Students complete a minimum of two semesters of study, prior to leaving for Peace Corps assignment. PCMI MPA students may return to Monterey after Peace Corps service for one or two final semesters if they have not chosen to pursue additional credits through certificate programs or independent study while in service.

The PCMI MPA program offers the opportunity to focus on NGO capacity strengthening both in degree studies and in developing and transitioning societies in Peace Corps service. PCMI MPA students apply their assignment to a Capstone Experience, a research project which explores a variety of development issues related to their work in Peace Corps. Capstone project planning begins in the first semester of study, and is overseen by a faculty advisor. Students will then conduct research for their Capstone while on assignment, ensuring that the academic work is related to the successful completion of their Peace Corps mission.

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 or Spring semester. Students may apply to the Monterey Institute online. Admission to the Monterey Institute MPA 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 language equivalent proficiency, depending on your language of study. Application materials include an application form, statement of purpose, resume or curriculum vitae, two reference letters, official transcripts undergraduate school, and application fee.

The Fellows program is a competitive award with a limited number of scholarships available to qualified RPCVs. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions cycle. Candidates may apply between December 1 and March 1 for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission by completing the Monterey Institute application. To be considered for the Fellows program, there are two requirements in addition to the program requirements:

  • In Statement of Purpose, candidate must express desire to be part of the Fellows program.
  • Candidate must submit Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS).

The selection process for the Fellows program is separate from admission to a Monterey Institute degree program. The candidate will be notified separately if selected for the Fellows program, after the application period is closed.

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.

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

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