Peace Corps Master's International Program

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Peace Corps Master's International Program

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This program is available through the Master of Science in Natural Resources Management and the Master of Arts in Rural Development
PEACE CORPS MASTER’S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Combines UAF graduate study with Peace Crops Volunteer service for an exciting option for a M.S. degree in Natural Resources Management

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the United States Peace Corps are partners in a cooperative masters degree program called the Peace Corps Master's International Program (PCMIP).   This program provides an opportunity to integrate graduate study with international development practice through Peace Corps field experience in natural resources management or rural development.   The program of study is designed to meet individual student needs while taking into consideration the degree requirements and the needs of the Peace Corps host country.

To complete this program two semesters of coursework for the Master's degree in Rural Development or Natural Resources Management must be taken through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.   The two semesters of coursework is followed by a two-year Peace Corps volunteer assignment.   On completion of the volunteer assignment students return to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to finish their Master's degree requirements.

Students completing the program will be awarded a Masters of Science degree in Natural Resources Management in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences or a Masters of Arts degree in the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development in the College of Rural Alaska.

Students in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences can specialize in one of four Departments: Forest Sciences, Geography, Plant, Animal and Soil Sciences, and Resources Management.

Matt starting a vegetable garden

Program Requirements for the Peace Corps Master's International Program (PCMIP)

To qualify for the PCIMP students must meet the admissions requirements for the University master's degree program (http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/index.html ) and the requirements established by the Peace Corps for volunteer service. In some cases, students already enrolled in one of the participating programs will be able to apply to the Peace Corps during their first semester of graduate study.

After service is completed, the Non-Competitive Eligibility letter
that Peace Corps provides to its volunteers when they complete service allows an advantage when applying to federal jobs in that one does not have to compete on a roster.

Specific requirements for the Rural Development and Natural Resource Management MIP programs follow:

School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences PCMIP

The prerequisite for acceptance into the program is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in any discipline that can be applied to natural resource management.   Candidates should have a 3.0 Grade Point Average.   All applicants must take the GRE exam.   Students with no prior coursework in the natural sciences will be required to take additional courses. For more information about the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences go to http://www.uaf.edu/snras/ .

The contact for this program in the School is:

Dr. Susan Todd, sktodd@alaska.edu, 907-474-6930

Peace corps volunteer Brooke McDavid thatching palm leaves in Fiji
Brooke McDavid in Fiji

College of Rural & Community Development PCMIP

The prerequisites for acceptance into the program is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited institution in Rural Development, Alaska Native Studies, Business Administration, Natural Resources Management, Political Science, Economics, Northern Studies, or a related field with at least at 3.0 Grade Point Average.   Student applicants with less than a 3.0 Grade Point Average may take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in order to supplement their GPA.   Final determination of acceptance into the program remains with program faculty, who may use the GRE scores in combination with the GPA to evaluate prospective master's students. For more information about the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development go to http://www.uaf.edu/danrd/. The contact for this program in the Department is:

Jennifer Carroll, jlcarroll@alaska.edu, +1.907.474.1562

Peace Corps Requirements

To become a Peace Corps volunteer you must be at least 18 years old and be a citizen of the United States.   Your medical and legal history will also be evaluated.   If for some reason you are not accepted into the Peace Corps you will be permitted to continue your graduate studies if you have been accepted into a graduate program.   For further information about applying to the Peace Corps and the Master's International Program visit the Peace Corps web site.


Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students at UAF is administered based on individual scholarship and/or need.  Students entering the College of Rural Alaska will be responsible for seeking their own financial aid.   There are opportunities for financial support in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science on a competitive basis.   Teaching assistantships may also be available with the School during the time the student is on campus.

As a measure of the University of Alaska Fairbanks commitment to the Peace Corps Master's International partnership, the University will provide a tuition waiver for each Peace Corps Master's International student, so they maintain their active student status during their two-year Peace Corps assignment.   It is important that students enrolled in this program feel connected and supported by the University as they share their international experience.

How to apply:

Separate applications must be submitted at the same time to the Peace Corps and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Admissions Office. The application to the University of Alaska Fairbanks should be sent six to nine months prior to the start of classes in September.   Applicants must indicate on the UAF Graduate School application that they wish to participate in the PCMIP.   Once accepted into the graduate program at the University the student must immediately send a copy of the letter of acceptance to the Peace Corps to complete the Peace Corps application process.

For more information and an application packets for the University of Alaska and the Peace Corps please contact:

Admissions Office

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Peace Corps Masters International Program
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
1-800-478-1823
907-474-7500
907-474-5379
email: admissions@uaf.edu

Peace Corps  

Contact online at:
http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=request

UAF Graduate School

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Graduate School
P.O. Box 757560
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7560
(907) 474-7464
email: Graduate School 
www.uaf.edu/gradsch

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