University of Delaware - Lerner College of Business and Economics

Why you should consider this program

The MS in International Business from Lerner Business & Economics at the University of Delaware is a powerful AACSB-accredited degree program that provides you with the specific knowledge you need to translate your Peace Corps experience into professional success. This business degree prepares you to deal with the nuances of day-to-day operations and strategies of international business and public policy through three complementary modules.

Module 1: Learn the specifics of international business.

Topics include framework and assessment of operations in other countries, management and leadership across different cultures and economies, evaluating international business opportunities, and public policy. 

Module 2: Focus on a particular business discipline.

Complement your international business learning with master’s level coursework in your desired focus areas such as accounting, economics, leadership, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, and analytics. 

Module 3:  Complete a community-based internship

Apply your knowledge with a 150-hour internship in an organization that serves the local community. 

In this program you’ll take your Peace Corps experience to school and into the community. You’ll use it as the basis for completing class assignments and building community programs. At the conclusion of this 30-credit degree, you’ll be ready to assume a leadership role in the public or private sector.

Program formats available to Coverdell Fellows in the MS International Business program include:

  1. 100% On-Campus: Classes are offered in the evenings.
  2. Hybrid: Online and on-campus classes can be combined for maximum flexibility.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 26,292 $ 10,042 $ 16,250
Out of state $ 29,292 $ 17,750 $ 11,542
* 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

The information above is for the 50% tuition scholarship.

  • One Fellow will receive a 50% Tuition Scholarship plus a $3500 stipend. The one year program has a total of 30 credits.
  • One Fellow will receive a 100% Tuition Scholarship plus a $3500 stipend. The one year program has a total of 30 credits.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 26,664

Application fee waived?



The Coverdell Fellows experience includes a 150-hour internship in an organization that serves the local community. The internship will allow the Fellows to combine their Peace Corps experience with knowledge gained in the classroom to help build capacity of those working in and with communities to enhance the social, economic, physical and cultural opportunities available to all.

As one example of this, students have an opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization, Leaders of the Free World (LFW), which was co-founded by a RPCV. LFW is committed to addressing the lack of diversity in leadership positions in both the public and private domain, domestically and abroad. They emphasize mentorship, intercultural learning, and leadership training as critical components of shaping the next generation of leaders and social change-makers. Other internship options are available. Students should discuss their goals and interests with the Program Coordinator to determine the appropriate internship placement.

Jobs for program alumni

Graduates of the MS International Business program enter the job market with a strong foundation of international business knowledge and skills, imparted by the core curriculum, along with personalized competence in an area of interest, developed through intentional selection of elective courses.  Consequently, alumni of the MS International Business program are employed in a broad range of positions in public and private sectors around the world: 

Office of the Governor, Medellin (Columbia), Trade Associate

Delaware Small Business Development Center, Administrative Specialist

Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Consultant-Business Development Activities

Deep C Industrial Zones, International Business Development Manager

Global Franchise Exchange, Partner

JP Morgan Chase, Relationship Manager

Black Rock, Cash Operations Analyst

BUCHI Corporation, Marketing Data Scientist

Sepax Technologies, Sales and Marketing Associate

Nomura Securities, Rates Trading Analyst

Fellows have access to the Lerner Career Services Center. Among its many resources, the Lerner Career Services Center offers Career Coaching.  Available to students and alumni alike, this service includes:

•           Personal career assessments using Career Leader

•           Information regarding networking events (including virtual options)

•           Career coaching using Skype, video conferencing, phone and email

•           Cover letters, email correspondence and resume critiques

•           Job search strategies and networking options

•           Job interview advice and salary negotiation

Other details

Program length

1 year including winter session (fall and spring semester plus 5 week winter session)

Application requirements

A four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework are required with your application. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage.

A personal statement or essay addressing your personal, professional and academic achievements that will help you succeed in the MS International Business program.

Two letters of recommendation.

Admissions process

Fellows will apply through the normal channels and will be offered regular admission to the University of Delaware. Regular admission status is offered to applicants who meet all of the established entrance requirements, who have a record of high scholarship in their fields of specialization, and who have the ability, interest, and maturity necessary for successful study at the graduate level in a degree program.

Program begins

End of August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jennifer Gregan, Senior Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Business Administration

118 Lerner Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716