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Master's International (MI)

The Peace Corps Master's International program offers the unique opportunity to pair graduate studies at one of more than 80 U.S. academic institutions with Volunteer service abroad.

As a prospective student, you apply both to graduate school and the Peace Corps. After completing your coursework on campus, you will travel to your country of service to start training, then service. Project and site assignments are made based on the needs and requests of the host country. While abroad, your primary responsibility is your assigned project and community.

Your degree may require the completion of a thesis, paper, or other culminating project, developed under the direction of university faculty members. Likely you will need to be flexible—and even creative—when transforming your Volunteer service into your graduate work, which you can start while you are abroad.

After finishing your Peace Corps service, you will return to school to complete any remaining requirements for graduation. You’ll bring back the advantage of having conducted academic and significant development work abroad. Further, Master’s International students return to the United States with a broader worldview—and the skills and education to continue to make a difference at home.

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States
  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Service
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 3-4 years


  • Varies by graduate school and Peace Corps program 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Language and technical training, transportation costs, living and housing expenses, medical and dental coverage, vacation time and allowance