Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Established in 1987, the Master’s International program provides the opportunity for students to incorporate Peace Corps volunteer service with a master’s degree program.
What is the Master’s International (MI)?
The Master’s International Program offers a unique opportunity for students to meet their Master of Public Health (MPH) internship requirements while fulfilling their dream of serving in the Peace Corps (and gaining two years of overseas work experience
– a minimum requirement when competing for many international positions - in the process).
At the University at Albany School of Public Health, you can work toward a MPH while participating in international public health-related service in the Peace Corps. You will gain global public health experience, attain second language fluency, and receive academic credit for your Peace Corps service.
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What are the financial incentives associated with completing the MI Program?
As a Master’s International student, you will be required to pay regular tuition while you are studying full-time at University at Albany. However, you may have up to 9 credit hours of internship waived for your Peace Corps service. This counts as your required nine-credit internship and translates into a savings of $3,699 for in-state students and $6,885 for out-of-state students (based on 2013-2014 graduate tuition cost figures).
All aspects of Peace Corps volunteer service are covered. This includes transportation to and from the country, medical care, housing, living expenses, loan deferment/cancellation, annual leave, emergency medical and family leave, career counseling, one year of non-competitive eligibility for selection for federal employment, and a readjustment allowance of approximately $7,500 awarded upon completion of service. Upon successful completion of their Peace Corps Service, returned volunteers can also be awarded one year of noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) for selection for federal employment.
You can find more information on the benefits associated with service in the Peace Corps at http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/whyvol/.
How do I apply to become a MI Student?
To become a Master’s International Student here at the University at Albany School of Public Health, you must apply for admissions to our School through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). You must then apply separately to the Peace Corps to become a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the field of public health. Once you are accepted into both our School and the Peace Corps, congratulations, you are a MI student!
The Peace Corps has streamlined its application process and now recommends that prospective MI students submit their application no sooner than one year prior to their planned departure date for service abroad. Given that most of our MI students depart for Peace Corps service in the summer after their first year of classes, we recommend that you submit your application to the Peace Corps in the summer prior to starting your graduate studies or upon your arrival on campus in the fall semester.
The applications for Peace Corps service are accepted throughout the year. The application process includes medical, legal, and suitability screening. The application can be found at www.peacecorps.gov/apply.
As is mentioned above, all prospective graduate students at University at Albany School of Public Health are required to apply through SOPHAS. The application is online at http://www.sophas.org/.
Click here to learn more about our admission requirements
Peace Corps Updates
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Master's International Student Presentations
Lauren Chambers, Peace Corps Master's International, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Guatemala 2013-2015. Click here to download and view Lauren's presentation.
Melanie Bolden, Peace Corps Master's International, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Mozambique 2013-2015. Click here to download and view Melanie's presentation.
Lindsey Rae Jackson, Peace Corps Master's International, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Kenya 2012-2014. Please click here to download and view Lindsey's presentation.
You can also contact our Master's International Program Coordinators