School of Information at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Why you should consider this program

UMSI and the U.S. Peace Corps have partnered to help people use information—with technology—to build a better world. As societies grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, our students play a crucial role in leading the charge in helping connect information, technology, and people both domestically and globally. Through our partnerships with the Peace Corps, students are able to apply specific skills and knowledge to forward information-related development efforts around the world. 

At UMSI, we recruit students who have demonstrated potential to be leaders and agents of change in a field with significant need in the global economy, specifically in the developing world. We seek students with leadership potential who have a team-oriented approach to problem solving, who are capable of dealing with ambiguity and change, and who have a strong commitment to global service.

These values align closely with Peace Corps volunteer principles and the organization’s mission of working at grassroots levels in order to enact sustainable change and address the most pressing needs of people around the world. 

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 43,589 $ 21,795 $ 21,794
Out of state $ 87,349 $ 43,675 $ 43,674
* 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

Returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) who are selected as a Coverdell Fellow will receive a 50% to 100% tuition scholarship to The University of Michigan School of Information.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 21,788

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows are required to complete a professional internship as part of the MSI program.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Entrepreneurship Librarian, Michigan State University
  • UX Designer - Amazon Lab126
  • ICT4D Program Manager, Peace Corps, Washington, DC
  • Records and Information Management Analyst The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Growth Lead, Premise Data
  • Technology Strategy Consultant, Accenture
  • Digital Technology Librarian, Kettering University,
  • UX Content Strategy Designer - Facebook
  • Digital Marketing Associate, Dish Network
  • Data Mining Control Officer Citi Group
  • Business Intelligence Administrator, Plante Moran,
  • Business Information Analyst, TCG
  • Senior Communications Coordinator, INEE - Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
  • Digital Librarian, WorldReader

Other details

Program length

Four Terms or Two Years

Application requirements

Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the higher education authority in the country where the degree is earned

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.  We do periodically admit applicants with UG GPAs less than 3.0, based on the strength of their overall application.
  • Application: To apply to the Master of Science in Information program, please use our online application

Admissions process

Prospective students should indicate in their MSI application their status as an RPCV.  They will then be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship following their admission to the program.  Applicants may be asked to take part in an interview for consideration.

Program begins

Late - August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Rachael Wiener, Associate Director of Recruiting and Admissions

The University of Michigan UMSI Engagement Center
777 North Univeristy, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1611