Peace Corps Master's International

In September, 2010, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Peace Corps formed an official Master's International (MI) relationship.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 14, 2010 - Peace Corps Press Release....In commemoration of Sen. John F. Kennedy's speech at the University of Michigan 50 years ago, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) welcoming the University of Michigan to the Master's International program. The University of Michigan is one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. Historically, 2,331 University of Michigan alumni have served in the Peace Corps....

Why Should You Pursue a Master's International Program?

  • Hands-on experience with real-world international environmental issues, which help you excel in the classroom and beyond
  • Enhanced career opportunities because of significant professional international experience
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) can receive temporary noncompetitive status for federal employment
  • Immersion into foreign language and cross-cultural learning
  • Opportunity to make a difference in a host country and local community

Application Process:

  • Apply to SNRE. After admittance to SNRE, apply to the Peace Corps. You must be accepted to both to be in the Master's International program.
  • If you apply to SNRE by January 5, your application will be in our first review and you should learn of our decision by early March.
  • The offer letter from U-M SNRE should be brought to the Peace Corps interview.
  • The Peace Corps application review requires medical and legal review. 
    • To depart for Peace Corps service in April, May or June 2016, applications need to be submitted by June 30, 2015.
  • 9-12 months after applying to the Peace Corps, one learns of their PC invitation.


Curriculum Timeline for U-M SNRE - PC MI program:

  • Complete Year 1 of M.S. or M.L.A. program
    • Take core courses and work towards completing field of study (FOS) requirements
  • Leave the summer (May/June) after Year 1
  • Complete 24-27 months Peace Corps service
    • Students blog a quarterly report and share photos of their progress
  • Return to SNRE and complete M.S. or M.L.A. program requirements. Students register for 6 hours of academic credit. Peace Corps service is in lieu of the master's opus requirement.

SNRE Contact Information:

Sara O'Brien 
SNRE Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows/Master's International Coordinator
SNRE Director of Academic Programs 

Peace Corps Master's International Program official website

SNRE Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program