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American University - School of International Service

About this program

SIS is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C. Since 1957, we have answered President Eisenhower's call to prepare students to wage peace.” We believe the world needs leaders ready to serve. Students who come to SIS know that service is not a moment; it's a mindset.

RPCVs connect with our world-renowned faculty leading political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers, geographers, historians, and experts in international development, global health, communications, energy, and the environment. Together they produce transformational research and prepare for global careers in government, nonprofits, and business.

Thoughtful and aspirational, with wide-ranging backgrounds and experience, our students take advantage of Washington's wealth of resources and professional opportunities and an active international network of more than 20,000 alumni. They graduate prepared to combine knowledge and practice and to serve the global community as emerging leaders, waging peace and building understanding in our world.

SIS features a comprehensive professional education in international affairs for master's students, and a multidisciplinary program for doctoral student's. We offer a range of academic options to meet our students needs and interests: dual degrees, graduate certificates, online programs, executive degrees, practicum programs for career preparation, and extensive study-abroad opportunities.

  • Year partnership began: 2011
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 50

Application requirements

Applicants must submit the following: ŠOnline Application ŠTranscripts ŠResume/CV ŠStatement of Purpose ŠLetters of Recommendation ŠDOS (as addendum) ŠTest Scores (if applicable).

Admissions process

All RPCVs will be considered for Peace Corps Fellows funding. No additional steps or forms are required. By selecting the RPCV box on the application, candidates will automatically be considered. A waiver code will also be generated to be used for the application fee waiver.

Degrees awarded

Master of Science in Development Management, Master of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights, Master of Arts in Global Environmental Policy, Master of Arts in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies, Master of Arts in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security; Master of Arts in International Affairs: International Economic Relations, Master of Arts in International Affairs: United States Foreign Policy and National Security, Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication, Master of Arts in International Development, Master of Arts in International Economics, Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Master of Arts in International Relations (online) Master in International Service (Executive Master's Degree: both on-campus and online)

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $70,000 $70,000
Value of fellowship $20,000 $20,000
Net cost $50,000 $50,000

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $30,300

Cost savings details

Fellows receive approximately 10 credits of tuition scholarship dispersed evenly over two years. A minimum of 25% of all tuition and mandatory fees is guaranteed as the benefit to all recipients of the Coverdell Fellowship.


After serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, SIS students bring home valuable experience and skills in education, program development, youth development, and cultural understanding. The Coverdell Fellows program is designed to extend these skills and experience to serve needs in our local Washington D.C. communities or wherever our online students may live.

The SIS mission of public service, environmental stewardship, human rights, and social justice align naturally with the Peace Corps ideals of promoting world peace and friendship. SIS Returned Peace Corps Volunteers partner with local community partners and schools to apply the experience and skills they gained in the Peace Corps to serve the local D.C. community.

Students serve at least 200 hours over the course of their MA program (or 100 hours per year). Location and breadth of service internship is flexible, and have included some of the following sites:

DC Bilingual

Yu Ying





Outward Bound

Dreaming Outloud

Kenilworth Gardens




Community Good Farm





The DC Center


Other opportunities

Further merit awards are available per the recommendation of the faculty review committee based on the holistic review of an applicant's file. RPCVs are generally very competitive candidates for SIS admission and merit funding.

Jobs for alumni

  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • World Bank
  • PATH
  • The Washington Post
  • PeaceTech Lab
  • Embassy of France
  • Amigos de las Americas
  • Booz Allen
  • Hamilton Chemonics
  • Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Engility Corporation
  • Eurasia Foundation
  • FHI 360 FINCA International Haley House, Inc.
  • Inter-American Development Bank International
  • Monetary Fund International
  • Rescue Committee
  • IREX
  • La Clinica Pueblo Management Systems International
  • Pact
  • Peace Corps
  • Polaris Project Relief International
  • Social Impact
  • The Global Fund for Children
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Village Enterprise World Bank 3ie

Nontraditional options

Low residency or distance learning, Online degree program, Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Over 75% of courses are scheduled in the evening, allowing students to pursue fulltime work or part time internships during the work day.

Contact information

Matthew Forrester
Graduate Admissions Coordinator




[email protected]


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016