Suffolk University, College of Arts and Sciences

Why you should consider this program

The College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University offers graduate degrees in fields ranging from mental health to social services, public policy, and more. Our master’s degree candidates hone their skills and deepen their knowledge of the disciplines they’re passionate about under the guidance and mentorship of faculty seasoned by years of professional practice. Applied, real-world learning is foundational to all of our programs, so students graduate with expanded portfolios, enhanced resumes, and practical work experience that enables them to make valuable contributions wherever they’re employed, as soon as they get there.

Making those contributions is vital to our academic community. Suffolk University alumni are known for a deep desire to contribute to the greater good, as mental health counselors in clinical or community settings, caseworkers for public service agencies, foreign service officers in the U.S. State Department—anywhere they’re motivated to make a difference, from their own neighborhood to across the globe.

Suffolk’s tradition of social responsibility and continual pursuit of equity in education and the workplace make it a perfect match for returning Peace Corps volunteers, and we are proud to participate in the Coverdell Fellowship Program.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 44,910 $ 13,473 $ 31,437
Out of state $ 44,910 $ 13,473 $ 31,437
* 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

Minimum 30% tuition discount unless student qualifies for higher merit (up to 50%)

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 26,992

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows will identify internships with the assistance of our Career Education & Development Center. They will also get assistance from the Center’s internship coordinator with the guidance from the Coverdell Fellow coordinator as well as faculty within their programs of study.

Suffolk University’s Center for Community Engagement has partnerships with over 50 local, national and international community organizations working in these spaces and is eager to be able to help Coverdell Fellows find appropriate internships.

Coverdell Fellows will be expected to secure their own internships with organizations whose work is in support of impoverished and/or socially disadvantaged communities in the United States, but have significant guidance and assistance from the resources listed above. Fellows will determine which type of organization or community they want to serve, taking into consideration the skills and experiences they bring and what they want to accomplish in personal and professional growth.

Other details

Program length

Varies by program, 9-24 months

Application requirements

university transcripts, goal statement essay, resume, 2 recommendation letters (professional or academic, no friends or family).

Admissions process

fellows apply here, Be sure to indicate that you are a peace corps member on your application. All graduate courses are held in the evening Monday thru Thursday.

Program begins

Spring: Mid-January, Fall: Early-September

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Christina Kulich-Vamvakas, Ph.D., Instructor & Internship Coordinator – Political Science & Legal Studies Department

73 Tremont Street, #1087
Boston, MA 02108