Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Why you should consider this program

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, No. 18th in U.S. News & World Reports Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, is a college of Georgia State University. Located in downtown Atlanta, at the center of one of the nations largest hubs for government employment and nonprofits, its 2,200 students are provided 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. Our students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world.

*Average tuition and fees based on 2016-17 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 $ 18,000 $ 21,600 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 49,000 $ 52,598 $ 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)

$ 9,510

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 AtlantaThe 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, our Masters programs and MSW program are two year programs (4-5 semesters). Exception: the MSW-Advanced Standing program is one year (3 semesters)

Application requirements

  • All application requirements per program can be found on our website at
  • Online Application, Goals Statement (Special guidelines for MSW)
  • Official GRE scores (Special exceptions for some programs.  Review website for details).
  • Copies of Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Resume/CV (recommended for MPA/MPP, not required)

Admissions process

  • Start an online application for a qualifying graduate program and complete the “Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship” section on the Andrew Young School Information page of the graduate application.
    • Required materials for this section include cover letter explaining your service in the Peace Corps and an official Description of Service signed by the Certifying Officer.
  • All applications and materials must be received by the program’s priority deadline to be considered for a Coverdell Fellowship.
  • Once your application is submitted and reviewed, an application fee waiver will be processed.
  • We will inform applicants whether they have been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow within two months of the priority deadline.

Program begins

For MS Criminal Justice, MA Economics, and MPA/MPP: Fall admits begin early August; Spring admits begin early January. For our MSW- Advanced Standing program: Summer admits begin early June. For our MSW program: Fall admits begin early August.

Non-traditional options

  • None

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



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