Peace Corps Master's International

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What is the Master’s International?

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. In Rockefeller College, you can work toward a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree while participating in international public service in the Peace Corps. You will gain experience in global public administration, attain second language fluency, and complete MPA degree requirements with your Peace Corps service. The sectors are: Agriculture, Health, Education, Environment, Youth in Development, and Community Economic Development.

Can I afford it?

As a Master's International student, you will be required to pay regular tuition while you are studying full-time at the University at Albany. You may be eligible to earn academic credit while serving in the Peace Corps.  You may also use your Peace Corps service to fulfill the internship requirement for the MPA program.  Or, you can be on leave from the MPA program while serving in the Peace Corps.

All aspects of Peace Corps 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, and career counseling,

Upon completion of service, you will have one year of non-competitive eligibility for selection for federal employment, and a readjustment allowance of approximately $6,000 awarded upon completion of service.

MI Timeline

  • Students who have been admitted to the MPA program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College may apply to the Peace Corps Master's International program.
  • Complete one year of coursework starting in the fall.
  • Complete your 27-month Peace Corps Assignment.
  • Return to Rockefeller College and complete your final semester of courses.
  • Graduate and receive your MPA degree.

How do I apply?

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

Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Peace Corps Master’s International website at's

You can also contact our Rockefeller College Coordinator:

Sheena Kelly - Director of Graduate Student Services
Milne 107 | | 518-442-3248