End of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program

Earlier this month the Peace Corps announced that they will be retiring its Master’s International (PCMI) graduate school program after nearly three decades of partnering with 96 graduate universities across the country.  Students who have started the program by or before fall of 2016 will still be able to apply to the Peace Corps and serve as a PCMI student if selected.

The Peace Corps is ending the program to better focus resources on the Peace Corps Prep undergraduate program and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program.

“With the retirement of MI, the Peace Corps will bolster support of its Peace Corps Prep undergraduate program and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program. The agency has Peace Corps Prep program partnerships with more than 50 leading academic institutions nationwide and partners with more than 100 graduate universities through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.” – The Peace Corps

The University of Denver has a long standing relationship with the Peace Corps.  In fact, the Josef Korbel School has the largest returning Peace Corps volunteer population in the nation.  The Peace Corps community on campus is very active in maintaining and sharing the foundational values of the Peace Corps amongst the student population.

Click here to read the official announcement from the Peace Corps.

Deferring your Admission to the Korbel School

Many admitted students want to know about the deferral process. First off, a definition. A deferral is when someone pays the required admission deposit of $500 but then tells us to save them a seat in a future class. University policy allows admitted students to defer their admission for up to one academic year. So if you’re admitted for the fall of 2016, you could defer your enrollment until the fall of 2017. Policy only allows for one deferral request. If you don’t enroll after your requested enrollment date, you need to reapply.

How do you defer?

In order to defer your admission, you need to pay the $500 admissions deposit plus a $200 deferral fee. The $500 admission deposit can be made online with a credit card and is easy as logging back into your online application and clicking the deposit button. The $200 deferral fee can only be paid via check (yes, I know, it is 2016) and should be sent to our office address.

Office of Graduate Admissions

2201 S. Gaylord St.

Denver, CO 80238

Your $500 deposit is credited to your tuition when you arrive, but your $200 deferral fee is not. Both are non-refundable if you decide not to enroll.

When does deferring make sense?

Deferring your admission makes the most sense if you have an amazing opportunity for a year-long job or internship, if you just don’t want to be bothered with reapplying, or you can’t reapply (often due to a job or opportunity in a country with limited internet access). Deferring only makes sense when you know that Korbel is where you want to go to school in the future.

When does deferring not make sense?

Deferring your admission does not make sense if you are unsure if you want to enroll at Korbel or if you want to take a year to think about your decision. In these scenarios, I recommend that you reapply for admission. Reapplying involves filling out a new application, submitting new letters of recommendation, a new resume and a new personal statement. The cost associated with reapplying is only a new application fee of $65. While reapplying does not come with the peace of mind that you’ve been admitted that deferring does, for many of our applicants, I think it is a good idea.

Do scholarships defer with me?

Nope, sorry. If you got a scholarship and you defer, there is no guarantee that you will get the award in the future. Instead, you will be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool. If you did not receive a scholarship and you defer your admission, you will also be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool.

I still have questions about deferring.

Call me, let’s talk your situation over.

Brad Miller

Director of Admissions



Study Abroad while at Korbel

As a leading international studies school, it is important that our students get that “international” experience – both inside and outside the classroom. One way in which we provide students with those international experiences is through our study abroad programs.

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies offers graduate students two world-class study abroad opportunities. Korbel in D.C. and Korbel in Geneva seek to enhance students’ engagement in international relations through exchange programs in Washington, D.C. and in Geneva, Switzerland. These competitive and selective programs enrich one’s understanding of today’s global issues.

Korbel in D.C.

  • In conjunction with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • 20 second-year students are selected to live and study in D.C. during the Fall
  • Students take courses at night and participate in internships during the day

Korbel in Geneva

  • 10 second-year students are selected to live and study in Geneva for six months
  • Students participate in an academic exchange with the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies
  • Two courses are completed, as well as an internship at a Geneva-based organization

Here’s a brief testimonial from a recent Korbel in D.C. returnee:

“My experience with the Korbel in D.C. program was even better than I anticipated.  It helped me to explore different aspects of my desired career field, as well as gain valuable experience and knowledge that I brought back to Denver with me.  If you are interested in exploring a career in D.C. or want to develop a deeper understanding of today’s global issues, the Korbel in D.C. and Korbel in Geneva programs are great options to explore.” Jenifer Wolin, Korbel in D.C., Fall 2015

Learn more about Korbel’s enriching study abroad programs by clicking on the links above!

Very Important Dates That Everyone Should Know

Well, maybe not everyone. But if you applied to Korbel this year, here are some dates that you should keep in mind while you wait for the admissions committee to send out decision letters.

Mark your calendars!

February 15 – priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA.  Remember, FAFSA is what you need to fill out for student loans and work study money…

Early March – admissions decision letters will be sent out via email.

April 1st – Discover Korbel.  This is our annual event for admitted students.  Information on this super great fun event will be sent out with the admissions decisions letters.

April 20 and May 6 – Deposit dates.  Information on how to submit your deposit will be sent out in early March.

September 12 – First day of classes!