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Kennesaw State University - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About this program

You have served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and had experiences of a lifetime that no one can take away from you. Why not go the extra step and enhance those practical experiences with a Master’s or PhD degree? Kennesaw State University's graduate programs provide an excellent opportunity for you to continue your studies. As is indicated at the Peace Corps website, for many Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows, this is an opportunity to combine academic and professional endeavors with your desire to work in underserved communities. At the same time, it allows the Fellow to reintegrate into a community and do something meaningful after your experience abroad.

Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM)

The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) is a 20-month cohort-based online degree program that builds on Kennesaw State University’s strong tradition and long-standing commitment to international education. The 30 credit hour program emphasizes the applied and policy-relevant over the theoretical. A keystone experience is a Maymester study abroad grip to Geneva, Switzerland, where student interact with policy professionals at many of the world’s major international organizations (e.g., UN, WTO, WHO). The prepares leaders in the private and public sectors to understand political, social, and economic dynamics in a global context.

Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM)

The MS in Conflict Management (MSCM) is a 16-month cohort-based program that prepares students to address the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long-term solutions. Conflict management is both a way of thinking and a skillset that can help prevent conflict and effectively engage it once it arises. The MSCM program focuses on preparing practitioners for a global world and the PhD program provides students opportunities to develop answers to original research questions.

Master of Arts in American Studies (MAST)

The American Studies Program at Kennesaw State University is a flexible two-year MA with a mix of evening face-to-face and online classes. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field which concentrates on the study of the United States and the Americas. Students in our program at KSU choose courses and research projects that fit their own academic and professional goals from a mix of courses emphasizing the fields of history, literature, political science, critical studies of popular culture, economics, sociology, anthropology, and the fine arts among others.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares persons interested in public service for administrative and leadership positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program’s student and teaching oriented faculty seek to contribute to the development of professional individuals with an ethos of democratic administration by providing them with a combination of solid academic learning and concrete practical experiences. The MPA Program is located in the School of Government and International Affairs. The Program works in cooperation with a number of other departments as well as the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service that provides community services and technical assistance to nonprofit and public organizations in Georgia.

PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM)

The PhD in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. International Conflict Management is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This PhD program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area.

  • Year partnership began: 2010
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): At least 1 active Coverdell Fellow per graduate program (budget permitting)

Application requirements

Application requirements differ by degree program, so please see the program specific information listed below.






Admissions process

There is a two-part application process:

  1. First, complete and submit an application to one of the programs listed above. Application here:
  2. Next, complete and submit the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows application form:

Note: A completed and submitted application is a prerequisite for being considered to receive a KSU Coverdell Fellowship

Degrees awarded

Master of Science in Conflict Management, Master of Science in International Policy Management, Master of Arts in American Studies, Master of Public Administration, PhD in International Conflict Management

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $14,452 $41,578
Value of fellowship $14,453 $41,579
Net cost $0 + additional benefits $0 + additional benefits

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: $None

Cost savings details

The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program at KSU offers eligible and selected students a Graduate Assistantship (GA) for four (4) to six (6) academic semesters depending on the program. The GA position provides a tuition waiver for up to nine (9) credit hours and a stipend of at least $3,000 per term, again depending on the program. Students must remain in good standing in their academic programs and with the Graduate College to remain eligible for the Fellowship.

Please note that the tuition and net cost listed above vary by program.


Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) participating in KSU's Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program with faculty on a range of community engaged research and service projects that allow students to further develop skills in research, leadership, language and cultural understanding. Recent Coverdell Fellows projects have involved refugee resettlement programs, recruiting and mentoring students in the Peace Corps Prep program, the UNITAR affiliated CIFAL Atlanta, a Romanian business university, a Zambian orphanage, a Guatemalan business program, and local Junior Achievement. Various state agencies, law enforcement, healthcare providers, public schools, nonprofit organizations and local businesses have all benefited from the RPCV Fellows Program.

A hallmark of the MSCM and MSIPM programs are the capstone experiences students complete during the final semester. This experience, which affords students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained over the course of the program to a specific conflict environment, prepares them to face the challenges of our complex global environment. Students are able to choose an area of the field in which to research, perform an internship, or develop a training curriculum based on their unique interests in the field and their professional goals.

MPA students intern with a range of organizations whose work touches disadvantaged communities in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Examples include the Atlanta Regional Commission, International Rescue Committee, and the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services.

MAST student can complete an internship for class credit or as part of a graduate research assistantship. Internship opportunities are wide-ranging, driven by both student interest and community need. An example of a recent MAST internship was student-faculty collaboration on a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded program to reduce drug use and suicide ideation in disadvantaged rural communities.

The INCM PhD is designed to meet the global demand for scholar-practitioners to address the complex array of international conflict and security challenges through the development and implementation of empirically based research, policy recommendations, and solutions. PhD in International Conflict Management graduates are prepared to compete for tenure-track university faculty appointments and a wide range of operational positions in government, non-governmental agencies, and the global business community.

Other opportunities

Jobs for alumni

The MSIPM program cultivates the knowledge and skills employers are looking for. MSIPM graduates have found rewarding employment in federal and state agencies, international and nongovernmental organizations, as well as private corporations. MSIPM grads are employed at such varied organizations as the U.S. State Department, McKinsey & Company Consultancy, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, the International Rescue Committee, and the State of Georgia Ports Authority.

MSCM graduates come from a wide range of backgrounds and work in fields such as courts and government, education, human resources, health care, law enforcement, technology, international peacebuilding, and humanitarian non-profits. MSCM graduates are employed at such varied organizations as the Carter Center, CIFAL, CARE, Safepath, US Embassies, Canadian Consulate, and County Court offices.

MPA graduates have the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of professional contexts. Our alumni are employed at various levels of government as well as in the non-profit and commercial sectors. They are employed at the US Center for Disease Control, the Georgia Department of Human Services, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and WellStar Health System.

Career opportunities for MAST alumni are wide-ranging. Because the program focuses on interdisciplinary approaches and building connections between theory and praxis, a MAST degree offers flexibility to combine students’ interest in unique ways. Our graduates go on to PhD programs in fields like Afro-American Studies and Sociology; they become teachers and education consultants; they work in and lead non-profit organizations that connect social justice and the arts; and they become museum directors, curators, and creators of public history exhibits and digital archives.

INCM PhD graduates are employed in academic positions at universities, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Recent INCM alumni hold positions at the Georgia State University, University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (Austria), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Georgia Legal Services, University of North Georgia, and Savannah State University.

Nontraditional options

Low residency or distance learning, Online degree program

The MSCM program is a set cohort format that follows an executive style class weekend schedule. All classes appear on campus.

The MSIPM program is an online only program. The program is 100% at a distance except for the mandatory Geneva, Switzerland education abroad experience.

Contact information

Thomas Doleys, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science




[email protected]


School of Government & International Affairs, MD 2204, Social Sciences
402 Bartow Avenue
Kennesaw, GA 30144