Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at SIT Graduate Institute

Why you should consider this program

SIT Graduate Institute’s master's degrees and certificate programs help students pursue meaningful careers in sustainable development, peace and justice, international education, youth development, and TESOL. Our students are passionate people seeking careers that make a difference in the lives of others. Based on a commitment to social justice and intercultural communication, SIT programs are offered through on-campus and hybrid formats to accommodate a global student body living and working around the world. All students gain professional work experience as part of their graduate study and go on to become part of a strong network of change makers and educators around the world. SIT’s longstanding partnership with the Peace Corps dates back to the 1960's, when SIT became one of the first training centers for early groups of volunteers. Today, SIT offers the Coverdell Fellowship program as well as other RPCV scholarships. Fellows receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship plus room and board at SITs campus in Vermont during the first academic year, or equivalent scholarship.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 42,535 $ 15,040 $ 27,495
Out of state $ 42,535 $ 15,040 $ 27,495
* 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

Effective immediately, SIT Graduate Institute is increasing the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship benefit from 35% off tuition to 40% off tuition for RPCVs who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. This can be used towards the existing list of approved master’s degree programs, including: MA in International Education, MA in Peace & Justice Leadership, MA in TESOL, MA in Sustainable Development, and MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. The benefit will be valid for two years, starting with 2020 programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

SIT will waive the $50 application fee for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,040

Application fee waived?



As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum–a core component of every SIT master’s program–in a high-need US community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Only SITs on campus degree programs are applicable. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships. Recent practicum placements have included work with refugees, environmental advocacy, peacebuilding education, human rights, community development, youth programming, and intercultural education.

Jobs for program alumni

Through the social, academic, and professional network SIT provides, students have an easy and dynamic way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn about potential employers worldwide. Our alumni work at the government, nonprofit, and grassroots levels in the US and abroad. Recent alumni locations have included: US Department of State USAID George Washington University FEMA Duke University Semester at Sea Save the Children UNICEF Catholic Relief Services, Zambia Pact, Mozambique Peace Corps Oxfam INTERLINK Language Centers CISabroad Tetra Tech ARD InterAction United Nations Refugee Reception and Placement Team Leader, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas National Field Director, Democracy Matters Country Coordinator, HELP International Field Support and Training Manager, YouthBuild USA.

Other details

Program length

Two semesters plus practicum (1-2 years total)

Application requirements

SIT does NOT require the GRE. Application requirements include: -A completed online application-Essay -Resume -Official transcripts -Three references All students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability.

Admissions process

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process 
  • Provide an additional statement of interest in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow (details provided by SIT's admissions team during the application process)

Program begins

Early June (online programs), Late August (Fall Programs), Early January (Spring Programs)

Non-traditional options

Fellowships are awarded to RPCVs enrolling in one of the following full-time degree programs: Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self- Designed) Master of Arts in International Education (On Campus) Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Leadership Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change (Vermont) Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management (Washington, DC) SIT also offers online "low-residency" options for its degrees in international education and TESOL, as well as a hybrid sustainable development master's degree offered from our Washington, DC Center. RPCVs are still eligible for SIT grants and scholarships for these programs.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

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Brattleboro, Vermont 05302