New Mexico State University
Why you should consider this program
NMSU is a comprehensive research land-grant university excelling in teaching, research and public service. NMSU is truly a reflection of the region’s vibrant communities - an exciting place to tackle challenges, find answers to important issues and prepare for the future. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized NMSU’s commitment to community impact. In 2015, the foundation selected NMSU to carry its Community Engagement Classification. NMSU is one of 361 colleges and universities nationwide and the only one in New Mexico to carry that designation. It acknowledges NMSU’'s partnerships around the community, across all disciplines, from work in rural communities to highly specialized scientific research. NMSU has established interdisciplinary research clusters that build on institutional strengths and respond to local, regional, and national needs in areas such as natural resource sustainability, information sciences and security, space and aerospace programs, biosciences, and border-related programs (such as health, education, and economic development).
Our Fellows program, establish in 2009, in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, has awarded degrees to a wide range of RPCVs, who have served across the globe. The NMSU Fellows are a supportive and diverse group that lend diversity to any graduate experience.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 14,500||$ 31,460||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
|Out of state||$ 45,000||$ 35,000||$ 10,000|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Out-of-state students, who receive a graduate assistantship, pay in-state tuition.
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?Yes
Internships are not specifically required in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, but graduate students work on research projects with faculty advisors. A variety of assistantships are provided, depending on the availability of funding. These may include research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or general assistantships. Prospective students must discuss the various funding mechanisms with the Peace Corps Fellows Faculty Coordinator for the college and possible faculty mentors.
Master’s – usually 2-3 years; Doctorate – usually 3-5 years
Both Master’s and Doctorate programs require GRE scores taken in the last 2 years.
Both programs require official transcripts.
When the person is applying to the NMSU Graduate School and the site asks how the person will be paying, indicate "Pay by check" and this lets the Graduate School know that the fee is being waived. The RPCV will upload a copy of their Close of Services (COS) statement - with the Graduate School application - indicating that the wavier is for a RPCV. In addition, the individual needs to contact the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator to obtain the Fellows Application form. Complete the Fellows application and return it to the Coordinator with the COS papers and a resume.
Fall semester: mid-August, Spring semester: early January