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


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Master’s International Program Requirements (MS)

Students in the 42-credit program take two semesters of on-campus coursework at AUNE, followed by three months of training and two years of service in the Peace Corps for which they earn 12 credits, tuition-free, as Peace Corps volunteers. They then return to complete their degree with one semester on campus.

Choose a Degree and Concentration Tailored to Your Interests

Students may choose to pursue a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies or Resource Management and Conservation.  The curriculum for each degree can also be tailored to meet the requirements for recognition as a Professional Science Master’s. Within the MS in Environmental Studies, students can select one of four concentrations: Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, or Sustainable Development and Climate Change. The Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation is only available in the 42 credit Professional Science Master’s option.  See the overview of the Master’s International curriculum for each of the degrees and concentrations.

Prepare for Your Volunteer Experience

Student in Morocco

Victoria Gasidlo, Environmental Studies student, bakes bread the way Moroccan women do, during her Peace Corps Service in Morocco.

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, Master’s International students conduct their master’s research. They benefit from an AUNE faculty with deep experience and close ties to 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 issues: climate change, conservation, resource management, and international environmental policy. 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.

How to Apply

The Master’s International program accepts new students for both the fall and spring semesters.  Prospective students apply for admission to AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies master’s program.  After acceptance into AUNE, students apply to the Peace Corps.

Please note that AUNE will waive the $50 application fee for Master’s International applications.  Prospective students should contact the Program Coordinator before completing the application to arrange the fee waiver.


Jason Rhoades, Master's International Program, Coordinator

Jason Rhoades, Master’s International Program Coordinator

For more information on the Master’s International program, contact Jason Rhoades, program coordinator, 603-283-2346.

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For more information on admissions, contact Laura Andrews, AUNE director of admissions, 603-283-2131.

Student in Armenia

Jason Rhoades (on left) served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia.