Peace Corps Master's Degree

October 26, 2010

The Peace Corps and Wheelock College are pleased to announce a partnership that will give selected students the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service abroad with a master of science in educational studies.

The new partnership is a part of the Peace Corps' Master's International program, which allows volunteers to combine Peace Corps service with a master's degree program and receive credit for their Peace Corps service abroad. Participants must apply to Peace Corps and Wheelock College separately.

"The Peace Corps welcomes Wheelock College to the Master's International program," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. "With this new partnership, our volunteers - who will also be Wheelock College students -- will be able to meet the worldwide demand for highly skilled professionals. This program will help create a new generation of teachers with the ability to bring the Peace Corps experience back to classroom in the United States."

"We are delighted to be selected as a new Master's International school," said Julie Wollman, Wheelock College Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Wheelock College has a deep and long-term commitment to international work and to attracting international visiting faculty and students to our campus. The Master's International program complements our many international service learning trips, programs delivered internationally, and dedication to infusing international perspectives across our curriculum in Boston and around the world."

Participants in more than 60 Peace Corps Master's International programs typically finish one year of graduate school in the U.S. before earning additional academic credit while serving as Peace Corps volunteers abroad. Upon their return, Master's International participants complete any remaining academic degree requirements. Many of Masters International partner schools also offer volunteers financial benefits such as scholarships and reduced tuition.

Founded in 1888 and located in Boston, Massachusetts, Wheelock College is a private institution with the public mission of improving the quality of life for children and their families. The College fulfills this mission by providing a strong education in the arts and sciences and in its professional fields-child and family studies, social work, and education-for which its undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Through its academic programs and student experience, the College reflects the multicultural dimensions of the countries in which it operates and fosters diverse learning communities-all of which inspires a world of good. For more information visit 

As Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world with 7,671 volunteers serving in 77 host countries. Historically, nearly 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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