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 an MPA (Master in Public Administration) degree while participating in international public service in the Peace Corps. You will gain experience in global public administration, attain second language fluency, and receive academic credit for your Peace Corps service.

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. However, you may have up to 9 credit hours of academic credit waived for your Peace Corps service.  This translates into a savings of at least $2,700 for in-state students ($4,200 for out-of-state students). 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 $6,000 awarded upon completion of service.

MI Timeline

  1. Apply for admission to the MPA program in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College and to the Peace Corps as a Master’s International student simultaneously.
  1. Accepted to both? Congratulations! You are now an MI student.
  1. Complete one year of intensive coursework starting in the fall of 2012.
  1. Complete your 27-month Peace Corps Assignment.
  1. Return to Rockefeller College and complete your final semester of courses
  1. Graduate and receive your MPA degree.

How do I apply?

Applying to the MI program requires that prospective students apply and be accepted to both the University at Albany and the Peace Corps. Students are encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously. 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

Contact Information

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

You can also contact our Rockefeller College Coordinator:

John Rohrbaugh
Associate Dean for International Programs | 518-442-5286