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Peace Corps Master's International

"The Peace Corps Master's International program is an outstanding opportunity for our students to capitalize on traditional Peace Corps experiences, including cultural, technical, and international relations training, and to incorporate those experiences directly into their curriculum. Our students will bring their classroom instruction and topical studies to support the Peace Corps objectives, all of which result in enhancing the human condition." -Michael A. Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

The Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a Master's of Public Health degree in collaboration with the Peace Corps' Masters International Program (PCMI).

Why Should I Join the MI Program?

The MI program is an ideal way to earn a MUPP degree while gaining valuable international experience for a career in international development. The rigorous academic training provided by UIC faculty and peers will provide students with the requisite skills in management, methods, and application.

When entering the Peace Corps program, students will be equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to aid in improving the living conditions in communities in their host countries. Upon completion of the MUPP degree and Peace Corps service, students will have both academic preparation and valuable field practice for careers in international development and planning.

About the Master's International Program

Students applying to the Master's International program may choose from among several of UPP's specializations, based upon the Department's agreement with the Peace Corps and reflecting critical skills needed by Peace Corps for students with training in urban planning:

Students will be required to complete all requirements of the specialization, and should consult carefully with their faculty advisor and the MI Coordinator in the department to ensure that they will optimize their choice of coursework to prepare themselves for Peace Corps service and complete their degree requirements.

A student will be awarded four semester hours of Professional Practice (internship) credit for his/her Peace Corps experience based on the on-going completion of a portfolio while abroad and the submission of a portfolio summary report upon return. Students may also earn additional credit for independent research. In addition, it is anticipated that upon his/her return, the student will base a Masters Project or thesis on their Peace Corps experience, earning 4-16 additional hours of credit.

MI students will be expected to fully or mostly complete their coursework prior to leaving for the Peace Corps. A student attending full time will be on campus for one and a half years, complete their Peace Corps commitment abroad in 27 months, and return to campus for a final semester of study.

What is the Application Process?

Students apply separately to the MUPP program and to the Peace Corps. Current students are also eligible to apply. For further information on each application, please use the links below:

Master's International students must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age who have been accepted to the Peace Corps.

How do I know if I am a good "fit" for the Peace Corps?

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Peace Corps, please visit:

For a list of Core Expectations, please visit:

Who may I contact at UPP for more information?

Ann K. Barnds, MUPP
Master's International Coordinator
312-996-2165 or