Combine your Peace Corp service with your Master’s in Environmental Studies
Antioch University New England offers the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service with master’s study in the Department of Environmental Studies. Earn 6 credits, tuition-free, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and pursuing your passion for international community work and environmental studies. AUNE will also waive your application fee and student fees while you are overseas.
This opportunity is available to students pursuing the 36-credit MS in Environmental Studies, including concentrations in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, Self-Designed Studies, and Sustainable Development & Climate Change, as well as students pursuing the 42-credit option of the MS in Resource Management and Conservation degree
You are able to enter the program in the fall or spring semesters and will spend a minimum of two semesters taking a customized curriculum at AUNE before departing for Peace Corps service. During this time, you will also receive specialized trainings and workshops to prepare you for effective service in the Peace Corps.
While serving in the Peace Corps, you will have the chance to apply what you have learned to tackle pressing social and environmental issues and benefit communities around the world. You will also be able to draw upon the expertise of an AUNE faculty with deep experience and close ties to ongoing international research initiatives in Africa, Central America, and elsewhere. In recognition of your service, you will be awarded 6 credits toward your degree.
Following Peace Corps service, students typically return for a final semester to complete any remaining coursework and capstone requirements as well as launch into the next phase of their career. An AUNE graduate degree readies you to tackle the world’s most challenging and rewarding careers in advocacy for social justice and sustainability, conservation biology, environmental education, sustainable development and climate change, and resource management. Combine that with your Peace Corps experience, and you’ll find a wide range of careers open up to you after graduation both domestically and internationally in public, private, and non-profit sectors.
- Earn 6 credits, tuition-free
- Receive specialized training at AUNE to increase your effectiveness as a volunteer
- Connect with AUNE’s extensive network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with diverse areas of expertise to help you prepare for and undertake your service
- Serve in the Peace Corps with support from AUNE faculty
- Apply what you are learning to benefit communities around the world
- Gain first-hand experience working internationally on social and environmental issues
- Receive transportation and in-country support from the Peace Corps
- Receive over $8,000 (pre-tax) from the Peace Corps at the completion of Peace Corps service as a readjustment allowance
- Receive Noncompetitive Eligibility for Federal jobs as a result of your Peace Corps service
To find out more, contact Jason Rhoades, International Service Program Director.
How to Apply
When you’re ready to apply, use the application for the degree program you’ve chosen, and let Jason Rhoades, International Service Program Director, or Admissions know you’re interested in the International Service program.
Please note: US citizenship is one of the requirements for Peace Corps service. Therefore, only citizens of the United States can apply for this program. If you are not a US citizen, please explore AUNE’s opportunities for international students.
To participate in the International Service Program, students should apply to the AUNE first. After acceptance into AUNE, they should apply to Peace Corps. While acceptance into Peace Corps is not guaranteed as part of the program, students in the International Service Program will be highly competitive in the application process as a result of their time at AUNE developing their expertise and skills. Additionally, students will receive support in the Peace Corps application process to further strengthen their applications.
Learn more about the MS in Environmental Studies, which is offered in partnership with AUNE’s Peace Corp International Service Program.
”This is a specialized program that may not be able to be combined with other specialized programs.”