Master's International

For nearly 30 years, the Master's International program offered the unique opportunity to pair graduate studies at one of more than 90 U.S. academic institution partners with Volunteer service abroad.

Master’s International equipped Peace Corps Volunteers with the education and skills to serve successfully and, in turn, helped students earn an advanced degree.

In 2016, the Peace Corps made the difficult decision to phase out the Master’s International program and focus on other strategic partnership opportunities.

Impact of program closure

The Peace Corps holds immense respect for the universities, coordinators, and students that housed and participated in Master’s International partner programs. The following provides information about what the closure of Master's International means for each:

Current Master’s International students and university partners

Any student classified as a Master's International participant by a partnering university graduate program in or before September, 2016, will still be able to apply to serve in the Peace Corps as a Master's International student.

Tip: Acceptance into the Peace Corps is not guaranteed. Even Master’s International students should increase their competitiveness by applying to volunteer positions that align with their education and experience.

Master's International students currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers may complete their service and graduate program as planned.

University partners with additional questions should email

Prospective students

If you did not begin a Master's International program by September, 2016, you will not be able to participate in Master’s International.  Connect with a recruiter to learn more about becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Prospective university partners

The Peace Corps is no longer accepting partnership proposals for the Master’s International program. Please visit the University Programs page or email to learn about other partnership opportunities.