Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Peace Corps Master's International MPA

Noor Puthawala, PCMI in MPA '10 with Peace Corps Guatemala

Noor Puthawala, MPA '10 with Peace Corps Guatemala

Combine your Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) with Peace Corps service through the Peace Corps Master's International Program (PCMI).

Last Chance

The Peace Corps is retiring its Master’s International graduate school program. Students beginning PCMI by fall 2016 will still be able to participate. If you are interested, please apply to the Institute before July 10, our final deadline for a fall 2016 start.

Peace Corp Master's International (PCMI)

Available to Fall and Spring incoming students, the PCMI program uniquely prepares students to fulfill challenging Peace Corps field assignments in developing countries. While attaining a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) and carrying out the Peace Corps mission, students gain valuable leadership experience.

How It Works

  1. PCMI students typically enroll for two to three semesters on the MIIS campus to complete core classes, focused electives and foreign language requirements (if required). 
  2. PCMI students then fulfill 27 months of Peace Corps service (3 months of training in country followed by 24 months of service). 
  3. Upon completion of service, MPA PCMI students return to the MIIS campus to complete a capstone project and other courses needed for graduation.

The Peace Corps Assignment

MPA Peace Corps volunteers work with local, national, or international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with youth, social services, community asset-based development, or the environment. Typical projects include:

  • Increasing an NGO's organizational capacity and sustainability
  • Creating strategic and funding plans
  • Raising public awareness of an NGO's mission
  • Conducting community outreach
  • Recruiting, training, and motivating NGO volunteers
  • Developing mission statements, bylaws, and other documentation
  • Increasing the quality and effectiveness of an NGO's services

The Capstone Project

During their Peace Corps service, students maintain contact with a MIIS faculty advisor as they conduct research and gather information for a Capstone Project related to their Peace Corps assignment. The Capstone Project is presented in the student’s final semester in order to meet the Institute's MPA degree requirements. Capstone project planning begins in the first semester of study and is overseen by a faculty advisor. Students will then conduct research for their Capstone while on assignment, ensuring that the academic work is related to the successful completion of their Peace Corps mission.

Scholarships for PCMI Students

PCMI students who return are guaranteed a half-tuition scholarship for their final semester of study. The scholarship is dependent upon successful completion of the Peace Corps assignment. Students may also apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Institute prior to Peace Corps service.

Admission Requirements & Applications

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