Peace Corps Master's International Partners with SUNY Albany

December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2008 - The Peace Corps recently welcomed the University at Albany (SUNY) as its newest Master's International (MI) partner school. The University at Albany joins more than 60 other institutions in offering the Master's International option to potential Peace Corps Volunteers. Albany's program, offered through the School of Public Health, will grant candidates a Master of Public Health degree in tandem with a 27-month Peace Corps assignment.

"Master's International degree is a unique program that gives students the opportunity to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers overseas while also working to earn an advanced degree," said Peace Corps Director Ronald A. Tschetter. "We are excited about this new partnership with the University of Albany through the School of Public Health and the internationally-focused learning opportunities it will provide for both SUNY graduate students and faculty."

Candidates who have been accepted to both SUNY, Albany School of Public Health, and the Peace Corps will be eligible for the program, which in addition to class work toward the degree will include a full Peace Corps assignment overseas and a field-based research project. After successful completion of the Peace Corps assignment, students will return to the campus to finish out their degree requirements.

"It is an honor to have our School of Public Health selected as a partner for the Master's International Program," said SUNY Provost Susan Phillips. "The school has made global health a priority, and its partnership with the Peace Corps allows students international opportunities."

"The MI program fits naturally with the University strategy for internationalizing the University at Albany by encouraging our students to experience international service learning opportunities," said Ray Bromley, vice provost for International Education.

"I am extremely pleased to have our school selected as a partner in the MI Program," said SPH dean Philip C. Nasca. "We join a small and very select group of schools of Public Health offering this unique opportunity for students to practice public health in an international setting while working towards the MPH degree. Our students will come to the program with global health knowledge and skills gained from their academic preparation and be prepared to capably serve the Peace Corps."

For more information about Master's International, please visit the Peace Corps Web site at www.peacecorps.gov/masters.

As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world. Historically, over 195,000 Volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. Applications to serve in the Peace Corps have increased 16 percent this past year, the largest boost in the last 5 years. Currently, 7,876 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in 76 countries. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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