Changes to the Peace Corps Fellows Program

The Josef Korbel School has two Peace Corps related programs:

1. The Masters’ International Program for individuals who are entering the Peace Corps after finishing 72 credits at the Josef Korbel School.

2. The Paul Coverdale Peace Corps Fellows Program for individuals who have already completed their service with the Peace Corps and plan to enroll at the Josef Korbel School for 72 credits.

We are making a change to our Peace Corps Fellows Program (this does not apply to the Masters’ International Program) that allows Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) to opt out of the Fellows program so they may pursue one of our 90 credit hour degrees.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have two options for admission.

  1. RPCVs are automatically accepted into the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). This program allows RPCVs to complete any of our six Master’s of Arts degree programs in five quarters due to the 18-credit-hour waiver, the language requirement waiver, and the internship requirement waiver.
  2. RPCVs can opt to complete 90 credit hours to be eligible for the merit-based funding program. The language requirement is waived, but students are required to complete an internship if required by their respective degree program.

RPCV applicants are encouraged to select either the Fellows program or the traditional 90-credit-hour program prior to applying to the School.  A final decision is required prior to admission. Please see below for a comparison of the two options.

  Peace Corps Fellows Program Traditional MA degree
Credits 72 credits required for the degree 90 credits required for the degree
Quarters to complete 5 quarters of 15 hours each 6 quarters of 15 hours each
Internship required No internship required Internship is required
Language proficiency Waived for Fellows Waived for RPCV
Field Practicum required 150 hours of field practicum required No field practicum required
Eligible for merit-based scholarship program? No, Fellows are not eligible for the merit-based scholarship program Yes, RPCV who pursue the 90-credit-hour degree are eligible for the merit-based scholarship program

We request that you make your decision at the time you submit your application. Fellows may switch into the 90-credit-hour program at any time but are only eligible for the merit-based scholarship at the time of admission.   RPCVs who elect to pursue the 90-credit-hour program at the time of admission are not eligible to switch into the Fellows program.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this change to the Peace Corps Fellows Program.

Brad Miller

Director of Graduate Admissions



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