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Bowling Green State University - Graduate College

About this program

"Coming home after Peace Corps is an exciting time. Why let the adventure end there? The Coverdell Peace Corps Program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge acquired during service while continuing to help underprivileged communities in the United States. BGSU waives application fees of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and welcomes them to our campus to bring their service home while studying in one of our main campus degree programs. Each program provides unique ways that their Fellows can participate in internships with marginalized populations. Many programs also accept prior experience as fulfilling requirements (such as a second language requirement). Collaborating within our growing RPCV community, Fellows contribute to the Third Goal of Peace Corps by bringing their unique experiences to parts of the United States where they are needed most. Explore our Graduate Programs by visiting:

  • Year partnership began: 2008
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 12

Application requirements

Application requirements vary by program, but typically include: official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume. The GRE is waived as a requirement through Spring 2022 for many graduate programs. See here:

Admissions process

Degrees awarded

On-Campus Master’s Programs: Accountancy, American Culture Studies, Analytics, Applied Geospatial Science, Applied Statistics, Architecture, Art, Athletic Training, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Student Personnel, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Cross-Cultural and International Education, Data Science, Digital Arts (2-D/3-D Studies), Education (School Counseling, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Leadership, Special Education, Teacher Education, Workforce Education and Development), English, European Studies, Financial Economics, Food and Nutrition, Forensic Science, French, Geology, German, Gerontology, Health Services Administration, History, Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Media and Communication, Music, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Popular Culture, Psychology, Public Administration, Reading, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Technology Management, Theatre; On-Campus Doctoral Programs: American Culture Studies, Applied Statistics, Biological Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Data Science English, Higher Education Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Mathematics, Media and Communication, Musical Arts, Organization Development and Change, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Technology Management, Theatre

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $15,000 $25,300
Value of fellowship $7,500 $7,500
Net cost $7,500 $17,800

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: $12,000

Cost savings details

* Sample net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value based on a typical 2-year graduate program. To see accurate, individualized costs, go to

Minimum 50% tuition scholarship, with additional funds available depending on the department. 10-20 hour Graduate Assistantship positions with stipend are also available on a competitive basis in most programs. Depending on individual circumstances, additional expenses – such as health insurance – may accrue. To see accurate, individualized costs, go to


Peace Corps Fellows of BGSU must fulfill an internship of at least 150 hours (some are more) where Fellows work with an underserved U.S. community anywhere in the United States or its territories (e.g. Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) The majority of our Fellows have participated in internships in local organizations such as: The Ohio Migrant Education Center (OMEC) summer programs; Adelante of Toledo; Habitat for Humanity, Global Connections, La Conexion, Toledo Museum of Art, and many more. Other Fellows have participated in organizations elsewhere in the US, finding institutions that offer experiences directly relevant to their program of study and even use the experience as part of their thesis or dissertation research. For a complete list of popular internship sites, please visit:

Other opportunities

Fellows are given priority consideration for Graduate Assistant positions, which provide an extra stipend.

Jobs for alumni

Our alumni have gone on to work in a variety of sectors, and many have landed jobs as: ESL/EFL educators around the world, US-based teachers, educational administrators, dieticians, and international student advisors. A large number of students have gone on to work with international governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Many have chosen to further their education by earning a PhD or by studying as a Fulbright Scholar.

Nontraditional options

Contact information

Maria Holderbaum
Peace Corps Fellows Graduate Assistant



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