Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Why you should consider this program

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, ranked 22nd in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, is a distinguished part of Georgia State University. Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, a major center for government and nonprofit organizations, the school offers its 2,100 students easy access to both distinguished mentors and unparalleled internship and graduate research opportunities.

Andrew Young School faculty’s research, teaching and external training programs are recognized globally for their influence on policy and management issues that affect local, regional and national governments, communities and nonprofits. Together, our students, alumni, and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights, and social justice across the world.

*Average tuition and fees based on 2024-25 academic year rates for a full-time graduate student taking nine-hours/semester in fall and spring terms.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 22,000 $ 26,000 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 63,000 $ 68,000 $ 0 + You receive 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All tuition, except $37.50 per term, is waived, plus 8-hour-per-week research assistantship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 23,500

Application fee waived?



When Coverdell Fellows begin their coursework, they will meet with a graduate advisor to plan their course of study. In that plan, they will be required to meet with the AYS Career Services to identify internship locations that support underserved American communities. Students will work with a career advisor to secure an internship during a semester that fits with their course of study and program goals. Students will enroll in an internship course for credit to count towards their graduate degree.

Jobs for program alumni

  • International Rescue Committee Atlanta
  • The Carter Center
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
  • State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia
  • YWCA of Greater Atlanta
  • Lutheran Services of Georgia
  • Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
  • CARE
  • Friends of Refugees
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
  • Kate's Club
  • YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Other details

Program length

For full-time students, both our Master's programs and the MSW program are designed to be completed over two years, spanning 4 to 5 semesters. Exception: The MSW-Advanced Standing program is one year (3 semesters).

Application requirements

All application deadlines and requirements per program can be found on our website at

  • Online Application,
  • Goals Statement (Special guidelines for MSW),
  • Copies of Official Transcripts,
  • Three Letters of Recommendation,

Resume/CV (recommended for MPA/MPP, not required)

Admissions process

  • Begin Your Application: Start by completing the online application for your chosen graduate program. Ensure you navigate to the ‘Andrew Young School Information’ tab within the application to access the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship section.
  • Submit Required Documents:
    • Cover Letter: Include a letter detailing your Peace Corps service experience.
    • Description of Service (DoS): Attach an official DoS document, duly signed by your Peace Corps Certifying Officer.
  • Application Fee Waiver:
    • Within the online application, locate the 'Application Fee Waivers' tab. From the drop-down menu, select "Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Letter" and upload your DoS letter. This will initiate the fee waiver process.
  • Deadline Compliance: It's crucial to submit your complete application, along with all required materials, by the specified priority deadline. This ensures your consideration for the Coverdell Fellowship.
  • Application Review: After you submit your application, it will be evaluated alongside others in the priority deadline pool. You can expect to be notified of your admission and Coverdell Fellow status within two months after the priority deadline.

Program begins

Fall Admission: Begins in mid-August • Programs: M.S. Criminal Justice, M.A. Economics, MPA, MPP, MSW, and M.I.S. Urban Studies Spring Admission: Begins in early January • Programs: M.S. Criminal Justice, M.A. Economics, MPA, MPP, and M.I.S. Urban Studies Summer Admission: Begins in early June • Program: MSW-Advanced Standing

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



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