Peace Corps Master’s International Program at Wheelock

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PCMI Student Karissa Hultgren
Wheelock Student Karissa Hultgren is doing Peace Corps service in Mongolia. Follow her experiences on her blog Boston Mongolian.

Contact Us

For general questions, contact:
Brian Minchello
Director of Graduate Admissions

For specific questions about the Peace Corps and MI program, contact:
Dr. Stephanie Cox Suarez
Associate Professor
Special Education Dept.

Peace Corps MI Program

Sample Curriculum

(Master of Science in Educational Studies)
Total Credits: 30

Core Courses:
Human Development Elective (3 credits)
Research Elective (3 credits)                                                    

Core Education Courses:
EDU 505 Racial & Cultural Identities (3 credits)
EDU Capstone Portfolio for Peace Corps MI (1 credit)              

Peace Corps Service:
EDU  Field Study Project Year 1 (4 credits)
EDU Field Study Project Year 2 (4 credits)

Program Courses:
Select from area of specialization with support from advisor (12 credits).
Courses can be taken from the various programs such as: Language and Literacy, Integrated Elementary and Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Life, Social Work, and Organizational Leadership.

Wheelock College is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Master's International (MI) Program at Wheelock. This program gives passionate, idealistic people who are interested in Peace Corps service an opportunity to get a master's degree from one of the country's premier teacher preparation institutions while also fulfilling their commitment to international service.

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Selected students can earn a Master of Science in Educational Studies from Wheelock while integrating Peace Corps service into their studies.

Graduates of the MI Program will be well-equipped for a range of positions focusing on work with and for families and children in a variety of settings, including schools, afterschool programs, international agencies, community agencies, publishing companies, advocacy agencies, museums, government offices, and international nongovernmental organizations. The program welcomes students who are interested in learning more about education, have an education background and/or teaching license, or wish to enter the education field. However, the program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Program Overview

This 30-credit master's degree program begins with about one year of courses completed on the Wheelock campus. Courses include human development, multiculturalism, research, plus a 12-credit elective area of focus that will help students design a flexible and creative field study project that is sustainable and meets the requirements of their local host country. Possible focus areas include elementary education, special education, parenting education, and literacy.

Peace Corps posterUpon completing their coursework, students will enroll in 8 credits of field study during their 27 months of Peace Corps service. Peace Corps service is an integral part of the academic program. Not only will it be the focus of students' required field study project, but students will also choose their 12 credits of electives based on the skills and knowledge they will need to complete their field study project and service. Examples of field study projects that could be co-developed with host country colleagues include a women's literacy program, a youth sports program, and a girls' reading club.

The program concludes with a 1-credit Capstone course at Wheelock upon the students' return from Peace Corps service. In this course, students compile their portfolio and present it to the Wheelock community and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Program Benefits

Wheelock's tuition (eight credits over two years) will be waived while students are completing their Peace Corps service.

Start Date

Students in the Peace Corps MI Program may begin classes in either the summer or fall terms.

Application Information

Interested candidates must apply separately to both Wheelock College and to the Peace Corps, as each institution makes its acceptance decisions independently.


Priority application deadline is March 1 for students beginning the program during the Summer semester and May 1 for students beginning the program during the Fall semester. Students will be notified within 4-6 weeks of their admission to the program. As a prospective student and volunteer, you should apply first to Wheelock College. Once you have been accepted, submit your Peace Corps application. You should apply to the Peace Corps nine months to one year prior to your desired departure date.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed Wheelock Application Form - To apply online, fill out our online application form and check the Peace Corps Masters International box.
  2. Essay - Applicants' 3-5 page essay should describe their interest in attending Wheelock and pursuing Peace Corps service. This description should include your professional goals when you finish your Peace Corps service and how the Peace Corps Masters International program will help you realize your goals.
  3. Three letters of Reference - One letter should be of an academic nature from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work (e.g., a former professor or instructor of the applicant). The second reference should be from an individual who can discuss the applicant's work or relevant experience. The third letter may be either academic or professional at the applicant's discretion. References from family members and/or friends are not acceptable. Please note that additional letters of reference may be requested at the discretion of the Admission Committee. Download the reference form here.
  4. Academic Records (transcripts) - Students applying for admission to a graduate program at Wheelock must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution. Degree-seeking applicants must present official transcripts from each college or university at which the applicant was granted a degree.
  5. Resume - Work experience and career progression are important and will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Resumes should be submitted in professional format and include: contact information, educational background, work experience, and skills.
  6. Interview - Candidates may be invited for on-campus interviews.

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