Graduate and Professional Studies at Marlboro College

Why you should consider this program

Since our founding in 1946 by G.I.s returning from World War II, Marlboro College has focused on preparing engaged citizens for a life of service. We are fortunate to be led by a President with over 40 years of engagement with the Peace Corps.

Our graduate programs are perfectly matched with passionate Volunteers returning from their service ready to engage with the world in new and creative ways as teachers, nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. Given that the majority of our graduate students already have several years of professional experience, RPCVs will fit in well at Marlboro and make a wonderful contribution to our strong community of mature, service-oriented, focused yet intellectually-curious students.

Our management programs, chaired by RPCV Travis Hellstrom, actively recruits students with a commitment to the common good. It’s a home for purpose-driven leaders to elevate themselves and empower their communities. At Marlboro, students develop their authentic leadership, participate in a vibrant learning community, and learn how to guide healthy, high-functioning teams in nonprofit, business, or government organizations.

The Marlboro management program collaborates with local purpose driven businesses, nonprofits and government bodies to offer students engaging opportunities to hone their management and leadership skills in a real world context. The programs has a convenient, low-residency format with retreat-like residencies one weekend a month at Marlboro's beautiful southern Vermont campus. Marlboro graduates go on to create start-ups, join consultancies, build new networks, or lead in existing enterprises across many industries, ranging from food security to solar energy, alternative schools to economic development.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 28,584 $ 8,488 $ 20,096
Out of state $ 28,584 $ 8,488 $ 20,096
* 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

Please note that the tuition for instate and out of state students for the MBA is $35,730 and they receive $10,611 for financial assistance.

Coverdell Fellows will receive a 30% tuition discount, the monetary value of which will depend on the current rate of tuition, set annually at a per-credit rate.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Application fee waived?



Given Marlboro’s long history of working to build capacity in Vermont’s nonprofit sector, we have strong existing partnerships with organizations across the state. Marlboro’s own Center for New Leadership is engaged directly with numerous high-need communities to support capacity-building. Some Fellows will have the option of working with a Marlboro Center for New Leadership community project to fulfill their internship requirement. Other Fellow will choose to work with a nonprofit organization, community or grassroots group, either in Southern Vermont or closer to their home. Examples of internship opportunities in the Brattleboro Vermont community include the Groundworks Collaborative and Brattleboro Senior Meals.

Jobs for program alumni

Drawing on their triple sector leadership training, students in our MSM and MBA programs go on to work in nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies.

Nathaniel Brooks (MBA ‘15) founded VT dinners, a company offering local high quality frozen meals. Nathaniel says “For me, deciding to launch VT Dinners was an attempt to live my values: to demonstrate what the “new story” of business can be. I’d like to believe that by acting from a place of passion (specifically my love for local food), I’ve grown as an individual and as a leader. And for that self-awareness, I thank the community I found at Marlboro.”

Sarah Pidgeon (MBA ‘18) works for Solar One, “New York City’s green energy education center.” For her Capstone project, Sarah collaborated with the New York Department of Education to create online communities of practice to support environmental education in the New York school system. After graduating, Sarah was promoted to co-director of programs at Solar One. “The Marlboro program changed my life," says Sarah. "The blend of personal leadership development, community building, and traditional management skills has left me feeling more confident and prepared than ever before.”

Emmett Dunbar (MSM ‘14) is the director of sales and marketing at the woodstone company and runs Anjali Farm, a community based farm with agritourism and on farm education as its market niche. Emmett says "I feel I have grown more through this program than I have in decades. My Marlboro experience was about community and a love for doing what needs to be done to raise the bar in our communities, which we go home to after the residencies. I now have the knowledge needed to increase the availability of clean food products that are produced locally and distributed regionally, which would ultimately contribute to the good health of the people."

Other details

Program length

Students can complete our programs at their own pace. Many students attend the program part time while also working in their field. The average program length for a student enrolled full time in the MSM program is 1.5 years and in the MBA program is 2 years.

Application requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  4. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  5. Description of Service (DOS) required prior to attending classes.

Admissions process

Coverdell Fellowship applicants will follow the same admission requirements and application process as other Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies applicants. They will apply online and note in their Statement of Intent that they are applying for the Coverdell Fellowship.

Program begins

Early September and Early January

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning
Both our MSM and MBS programs have a convenient, low-residency format with retreat-like residencies one weekend a month at Marlboro's beautiful southern Vermont campus. Students can complete the program at any pace and can take a varying number of credits per trimester.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Travis Hellstrom, RPCV (Mongolia, 2008-2010), Peace Corps Fellows (2012-2014), Coverdell Fellows Coordinator & Chair of Management Degree Programs

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
P.O.Box A
Marlboro, Vermont 05344