University of Wyoming

Why you should consider this program

The University of Wyoming boasts one of the most unique and affordable graduate experiences in the United States. Located at the base of the northern Rocky Mountains, in the High Plains of the Laramie Valley, UW offers an adventure like no other school can, where the whole state is your classroom. Come hike in the Snowy Range or rock climb at Vedauwoo! For students accustomed to the creative challenge and rewarding commitment that is the Peace Corps experience, the University of Wyoming is an incomparable choice. Come to Gem City where you learn to apply your Peace Corps skills in a U.S. context. Students can rest assured knowing their service experience will not be wasted as they work directly with faculty, who have not only worked in all of the six fields of P.C. service, but have done so in unique and challenging environments. Available internship opportunities align with both rural and urban backgrounds, allowing for a wider range of opportunities, compared to other institutions. Don’t give up the adventure just yet; continue your trek by choosing the University of Wyoming!

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 10,952 $ 42,402 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 27,152 $ 61,846 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* 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

100% tuition waiver plus a 20-hour-per-week assistantship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

1 - 3

Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell fellows are given priority for two years of funding from a Graduate Assistantship that covers tuition, health insurance, and stipend.

In addition, Coverdell fellows have access to tens of thousands of dollars in funding for national and international summer research and conference presentations.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 34,120

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows will participate in a community support project that aligns with their research interests. The ACRES student farm accommodates students interested in agriculture, as does UW’s network of extension offices throughout the state. Our wide-ranging study abroad network allows for opportunities outside the United States in relevant regions, for example in Kenya and Mongolia. Operating within the strong Laramie community fabric, students can find a number of volunteer opportunities and intern in youth development and education projects with organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, or through practicums in the College of Education. It also allows for connections with local political institutions for students interested in community or economic development. Our Environment and Natural Resources program is well equipped to accommodate students with a wide range of interest areas. Each May, the Haub School takes undergrad and graduate students to Jackson, WY to partner with community leaders, conduct research, interview stakeholders, and develop solutions to local environmental challenges. Finally, individuals can work through institutions such as the School of Nursing to participate in clinicals that fulfill health internship requirements. Your internship hours and schedule will be determined in collaboration with the site and will be individualized for you.

Jobs for program alumni

Our students land a great variety of jobs in business, banking, non-profits, as well as local, state, and national government. Our grads have gone on to become leaders in their fields. One of our most famous is Chris Spear – MPA ’92: President of the American Trucking Association

The following list reflects just a few of the jobs our graduates have gotten:

  • International Student Services, Colorado State University
  • CIA Analyst
  • Program Attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • University of Wyoming Police Officer
  • Wyoming Small Business Development Center
  • Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, State of Tennessee
  • Executive Director of the Young at Heart Community Center
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Deputy County Attorney, Pima County Arizona
  • County Manager Pitkin County
  • Assistant Manager, Financial Services, Cashier’s Office, University of Wyoming
  • Safety Compliance officer – General Electric
  • High School Social Studies Teacher
  • Policy Research Analyst
  • Professor of Sociology, American University in Dubai
  • Ph.D. program in Public Administration, University of Colorado-Denver

Other details

Program length

Two years

Application requirements

CV, colleges transcripts, personal statement, writing sample, letters of recommendation

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

About 20% of classes are offered online and about 20% in the evenings. Coverdell fellows must be full time students.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Zoe Pearson,

School of Politics, Public Affairs, & International Studies
University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3197
Laramie, WY 82071