Earn an MS in Environmental Studies While You Serve in the Peace Corps | Master’s International

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Through Master’s International, students can combine Peace Corps service with graduate study in the Department of Environmental Studies.  Pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Studies or a Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation (Professional Science Master’s track only). Save up to $12,000 while earning your graduate degree and start making a difference in the world right away!

Benefits

  • Earn 9-12 credits, tuition free
  • Save $9000–$12,000 in tuition and fees
  • Serve in the Peace Corps with support from AUNE faculty and the Peace Corps
  • Receive transportation to and from your country of service/research
  • Receive housing and living stipend while in Peace Corps
  • Receive medical coverage while in 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

Prepare for Your Volunteer Experience

The Master’s International gives students customized curriculum and training in technical skills and community development leading to successful community-based work in the Peace Corps. While serving as Peace Corps volunteers, depending on one’s concentration, Master’s International students can conduct their master’s research, complete a Masters project, or engage in coursework directly related to their Peace Corps assignment. Masters International students benefit from working with AUNE faculty who want to keep their Antioch/Peace Corps students company anywhere they choose to go and who are engaged with ongoing international research initiatives in Africa, Central America, and elsewhere.

Practical, hands-on learning is a keystone of an AUNE education and you can’t get much more real-world than the Peace Corps. 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, science teaching, 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.

Choose the Country Where You Would Like to Serve

Peace Corps is now allowing applicants the option of applying to a specific country for their volunteer service. Explore your options for Peace Corps service.

Tailor the Coursework to Your Interests

Choose from two degrees and five concentrations to tailor your graduate study to your interests and upcoming Peace Corps service. See below:

MS in Environmental Studies

Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability—This concentration provides the knowledge, skills, and training you’ll need to work as a public interest advocate or a grassroots organizer focused on ecological sustainability, social justice, and the democratic control of corporations.  Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

Conservation Biology—Master research and field skills to understand the connections between ecology and real-life conservation issues. Learn to forge effective conservation initiatives. Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

Environmental Education—Develop an educational philosophy and program direction based on personal interests and professional goals that reflect clear values and knowledge of how people learn. Translate the complex web of earth systems science, sustainability, environmental issues, and environmental change for the public. Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

Science Teacher Certification—Earn a science teaching certification that will open up opportunities to teach in middle and/or high school private and public school classrooms all over the country. Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

Self-Designed Studies—Create your own concentration in Environmental Studies! We delight in supporting new ways in which our  course offerings and expertise can help support an exciting self-designed concentration in Environmental Studies.  Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

Sustainable Development and Climate Change—Prepare for a variety of environmental careers in the public and private sector including environmental regulation, environmental consulting, local and regional planning, and environmental non-profit leadership. Read more about this Master’s International concentration and view a sample schedule for this program.

MS in Resource Management and Conservation

The Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation is designed for working professionals. Classes meet on specific weekends during the semester.  Students develop leadership skills to address multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems. To combine this program with Master’s International, students must pursue the 42 credit Professional Science Master’s option. Read more about this Master’s International option and view a sample schedule for this program.


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