Mason Ranks Fifth on Peace Corps’ 2011 Rankings of Master’s International Graduate Schools

Posted: April 12, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: April 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

With 15 volunteers participating in its program, Mason ranks fifth as a Peace Corps Master’s International school in the 2011 rankings of the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program, according to a news release from the organization.

The Peace Corps’ Master’s International program allows students to earn their graduate degree while serving in the Peace Corps.

“After completing Peace Corps service, volunteers return to the United States as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding and language and technical skills that position them well for a successful graduate school experience,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams in the news release

Mason became a Master’s International partner in 2004, offering master’s degrees in education, public administration, political science, nursing and conflict analysis and resolution. The university is also home to a Fellows/USA program in the Graduate School of Education. The Fellows/USA program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, academic credit and stipends to earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service.

Over the past 50 years, 261 Mason alumni have served in the Peace Corps, with 21 currently serving.

The top five Master’s International universities and colleges and the number of participating students are:

1. Michigan Technological University (32)
2. Tulane University (28)
3. University of Washington (26)
4. Monterey Institute of International Studies (20)
5. George Mason University (15)
Illinois State University (15)
SIT Graduate Institute (15)
University of Denver (15)






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