Master's International

For nearly 30 years, the Master's International program has 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 has equipped Peace Corps Volunteers with the education and skills to serve successfully and, in turn, has 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. On September 30, 2016, the Master’s International program will formally close.

Impact of program closure

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

Current Master’s International students and university partners

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Any student classified as a Master's International participant by a partnering university graduate program on or before September 30, 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. Increase your competitiveness by applying to volunteer positions that align with your 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 universityprograms@peacecorps.gov.

Prospective students

If you have not been selected as a Master's International student with a partnering university by September 30, 2016, you will not be able to participate in the Master’s International program. 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 universityprograms@peacecorps.gov to learn about other partnership opportunities.