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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School of International Studies students in the Peace Corps programs

Masters Programs

Peace Corps Programs

Each year, dozens of Peace Corps volunteers make a difference by combining meaningful service with graduate studies through the Josef Korbel School's Peace Corps' Master's International and the Coverdell Fellows programs.

Peace Corps Master's International Program

In cooperation with the U.S. Peace Corps, we are pleased to offer the Master's International (MI) program for Peace Corps bound students.

About the Master's International Program

Founded in 1987 at Rutgers University, the Master's International program allows students to combine Peace Corps service with their graduate studies. Selected students typically spend one year on campus, subsequently complete 27 months of Peace Corps service while undertaking an academic project, and then return to campus to fulfill any remaining degree requirements. The Master's International program is currently offered at more than 80 universities across the country.

Master's International at the Josef Korbel School

The Josef Korbel School's Master's International partnership was founded in September 1999.

Master's International students at the Josef Korbel School have the opportunity to earn degrees in:


To be accepted to the Josef Korbel School's Master's International program, interested students must be accepted into both the Peace Corps and the Josef Korbel School.  You should apply to the Josef Korbel School and the Peace Corps simultaneously. Upon acceptance to the Josef Korbel School, you must send a copy of the acceptance letter to the Peace Corps to be recognized as a Peace Corps MI candidate. The Peace Corps will place your service on hold until the completion of your coursework.

Please visit our Graduate Admission sections for information on applying to the Josef Korbel School.


Master's International students at Josef Korbel School receive the following benefits:

  • 18 hour credit reduction in the 90 credit hour program
  • Foreign language requirement waived
  • Internship requirement waived

Program Contacts

To learn more about the Josef Korbel School's Master's International partnership, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 303-871-2544 or

MI Program resources

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The Josef Korbel School proudly claims the largest Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in the country. Our active RPCV community for RPCVs ensures that you will have opportunities to interact with other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, along with impacting the community.

RPCVs who are admitted to the fall 2014 quarter (or later) as Paul D. Coverdell Fellows will be awarded a scholarship of at least $5,000 per year along with being considered for other merit based funding. No additional applications are required for Paul D. Coverdell Fellows consideration, but you will be asked to submit your statement of service.

Field Practicum Requirement

In ongoing support of the Peace Corps third goal, "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," all Paul D. Coverdell Fellows are required to complete 75 hours of field practicum (paid or unpaid) within the United States or U.S. territories such as Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help meet the needs of underserved U.S. communities.

A list of potential field practicum sites can be found below.However, fellows are also welcome to research additional sites that may be more applicable to their career aspirations. The Office of Career and Professional Development is available to assist in providing tools and resources for you to identify and select a site for the practicum upon matriculation. There is a minimum requirement of 75 hours and fellows can complete these hours at their own pace, whether it be 75 hours over the summer, or three to four hours a week for four quarters, etc. Fellows are allowed to accept paid internship.

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