Peace Corps Partners with SC State University in Pairing Volunteer Service and Graduate Studies

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SC State University and the Peace Corps are pleased to announce a partnership that will allow selected students to combine Peace Corps service with a Master’s of Business Administration degree. The new partnership is a part of the Peace Corps’ Master’s International Program, which allows volunteers to combine Peace Corps service with a master's degree program and receive credit for their Peace Corps service abroad. Participants must apply to Peace Corps and SC State University separately.

“The Peace Corps welcomes SC State University to the Master’s International program,” said Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams. “With this new partnership, our volunteers, who will also be SC State students, will be able to meet the worldwide demand for highly skilled professionals who will, in turn, bring the Peace Corps experience back to leadership positions in the United States.”

“The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences is excited to be a part of the Master’s International program with the Peace Corps,” said Robert Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences. “Our MBA students will have the opportunity to gain valuable life experiences working with the Peace Corps while earning the MBA degree at SC State University.”

Participants in more than 60 Peace Corps Master’s International programs typically finish one year of graduate school in the U.S. before earning additional academic credit while serving as Peace Corps volunteers abroad. Upon their return, Master’s International participants complete any remaining academic degree requirements. Many of Master’s International partner schools also offer volunteers financial benefits such as scholarships and reduced tuition. Further information on Master's International is available at