Cornell University - CALS - Global Development

Why you should consider this program

The MPS program in Global Development at Cornell University offers returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to specialize in a range of areas related to global development. Areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD), International Environmental Management, Social Enterprise, Migration and Mobility, Non-Profit and NGO Management, and Gender and Development. Regardless of areas of interest, students custom-build a curriculum in consultation with their faculty advisor. Students take full advantage of the wide range of courses offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Students may also take credits in other colleges at Cornell. The MPS program provides students with access to a global network of development professionals who are alumni of our program.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,019 $ 20,444 $ 24,575
Out of state $ 45,019 $ 20,444 $ 24,575
* 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Tuition and health insurance. Each Fellow will each receive 50% off ( possibility they may receive full tuition).

RPCVs may apply for an application waiver based on financial need. Application fee will be waived for all evacuated Peace Corps volunteers for the Fall 2020.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

We offer one TA award. Students also have opportunities to apply for travel funding and funding to attend professional conferences.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 30,088

Application fee waived?



MPS program staff work with Coverdell Fellows to identify appropriate internships that support underserved American communities while advancing the Fellows’ professional goals. There are multiple internship opportunities available in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Jobs for program alumni

Agricultural Program Advisor, Self-Help Africa (Zambia)

Communications Manager, Nature Conservancy

Director of African Programs, Digital Green

Director, Clinton Global Initiative

Director of Coffee Supply Chain, Fair Trade USA

Economic Security Program Sector Lead, DAI

Environment and Water Conservation Officer, USAID (numerous countries/regions)

Extension Community Development Educator

Extension Regional Food Security Specialist

Fellow, Technoserve (Uganda)

Field Operations Lead, One Acre Fund (Tanzania)

Food Security Coordinator, World Vision (Ethiopia)

Gender Development and Inclusion Specialist, Girls, Inc.

GIS Officer, International Organization for Migration, UN

Head of Programs, Catholic Relief Services (Sierra Leone)

Human Rights Leader and Ethical Sourcing Specialist, Eileen Fisher

International Programs Specialist, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

Manager of Advisory Services, Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd. (Bangladesh)

Manager of Program Development, Clinton Global Initiative

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Oxfam (North Africa)

Program Director, World Vision, Mozambique

Project Officer, Action Against Hunger (Republic of Georgia)

Regional and Country Agriculture Officers, USAID (numerous countries/regions)

Regional VAM Advisor, UN World Food Programme

Science Officer, CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Senior Manager, Global Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning – Land O’ Lakes International Development

Supply Chain Manager, Purdue University PICS program (Kenya)

Vice-President, Economic Development and Health, Partners of the Americas

WASH Specialist, UNICEF (Ghana)

Other details

Program length

1 year

Application requirements

Statement of purpose, current CV or resume, official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation. We do not accept GRE scores.

Admissions process

Let the director know you are interested and indicate this on your statement of purpose.

No separate application is required for the Coverdell Fellowship. All admitted RPCVs are considered for the award. Awards are typically announced in early April.

RPCVs may apply for an application waiver based on financial need. Application fee will be waived for all evacuated Peace Corps volunteers for the Fall 2020.

Program begins

Mid August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Terry Tucker, Professor of the Practice

Department of Global Development
Warren Hall, room 240
Ithaca, NY 14850