Peace Corps Master’s International Program

The Peace Corps Master's International Program combines Northern Arizona University graduate study with Peace Corps Volunteer service for a challenging and exciting academic experience while earning a Master of Forestry (MF) degree.

General information

The School of Forestry invites you to study and work as a Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) graduate student and earn an MF degree.

  • The on-campus portion of the program will typically consist of two semesters of full-time study prior to entering the Peace Corps, and a final semester of academic study upon return, for a minimum of thirty-three (33) credits.
  • Students concurrently apply for admission to the School of Forestry Graduate Program and the Peace Corps.
  • Upon successful completion of training and two semesters of course work and a 12-week pre-service training, program participants will become Peace Corps volunteers and begin a two-year tour of service in their country of assignment.
  • Six (6) hours of credit will be granted for a professional paper based on the student's Peace Corps service, which is the final requirement for completion of the MF.

Admission requirements

To qualify for the Peace Corps Master's International program, students must meet both the regular requirements for admission into the Northern Arizona University School of Forestry's MF degree program and the requirements established by the Peace Corps for volunteer service. Students usually apply for the Peace Corps and for graduate school at the same time, but in some cases students already enrolled in the Master of Forestry program may be allowed to apply to the Peace Corps during their first semester of graduate study. A typical admission schedule is to apply in Spring for Fall admission.

Why this program might benefit you

As a volunteer in the Peace Corps, you have the opportunity to make a difference in other peoples' lives. Volunteers will also have a chance to learn a new language, discover another culture, and develop career and leadership skills. The combined Peace Corps and PCMI training will qualify students for careers with a variety of international non-governmental organizations, agencies, and private organizations.

School of Forestry international connections

The School of Forestry has many international connections which can be of benefit to PCMI students. These include:

  • Three faculty who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (with service in Bolivia, Ghana, and Swaziland), three faculty who are natives of other countries (Eritrea, South Korea, and Taiwan), and numerous faculty with international research experience.
  • A growing number of international forestry courses, including field courses taught in Costa Rica, Ghana, Nicaragua, and Panama.
  • A number of graduate students who are either from other countries or who are conducting their research overseas.
  • A wide network of connections with individuals doing work overseas or with agencies involved in international natural resource management.

Contact Information

For more information about the Peace Corps Masters International program, please contact:

Dr. Pete Fulé
Northern Arizona University
School of Forestry
PO Box 15018
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018

Master's International Program
Office of Domestic Programs
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526
202-692-1812 or 800-424-8580 (ext 1812)
202-692-1421 (Fax)