Degree programs offered in partnership with the Borlaug Institute include the Peace Corps Masters International Program. Texas A&M is among the Top 25 Peace Corps Colleges and Universities.
In July 2007, Texas A&M University became a partner in the Peace Corps’ Master’s International Program. Students studying for a Master of Science or Master of Agriculture in one of ten participating departments and seven interdiciplinary programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can integrate their coursework and research with their Peace Corps service. Other degree students eligible for the program are those studying for the Master of Renewable Natural Resources, Master of Wildlife Sciences or Master of Fisheries Science.
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MI program participants will work with their faculty advisor and committee, as well as the MI Program Coordinator, to plan a degree program that fulfills their career objectives and degree requirements while also preparing them for their Peace Corps service. They will complete 24 credit hours at Texas A&M prior to fulfilling their 2-year commitment to the Peace Corps. Depending on their department and degree program as well as research and independent study undertaken in concert with the experiential learning of their Peace Corps service, participating students will receive 3–12 credit hours as research hours, internship hours, as directed studies courses with a faculty member at Texas A&M, or as a combination of these. The MI student, their major professor and the MI Program Coordinator would work together to coordinate research required for a thesis or professional paper into required duties of Peace Corps service to minimize additional time required of the volunteer. No other courses will be required during the student’s field assignment. However, if a student is located where they could take a distance education course, they would be eligible to do so. MI students will be required to submit quarterly reports to the MI Program Coordinator and his/her major professor. These will be part of the grade they receive for their research and/or fieldwork.
After the Peace Corps tour is completed, the student will return to campus to complete any remaining credits for his degree plan, to write his thesis or professional paper, and to complete his examinations.
Areas of specialization available in Texas A&M’s Peace Corps MI program are: economic entomology, entomology, agronomy, agricultural chemistry, plant breeding, plant sciences, poultry sciences, fisheries sciences, wildlife and fisheries sciences, urban wildlife and fisheries, wildlife sciences, floriculture, horticulture, animal science, dairy science, physiology of reproduction, animal breeding, agricultural development, agricultural education, agricultural economics, plant pathology, plant protection, ecosystem science and management, forest science, and rangeland ecology and management.
Peace Corps Master’s International Application Procedure
Below are the steps for combining your graduate program with Peace Corps service as a Master’s International Student at Texas A&M. It is advisable to contact the Peace Corps Master’s International Coordinator early if you think you want to integrate your master’s degree with Peace Corps service.
1. Apply to Graduate School
2. Apply to the Master’s International Program (click for application)
- If you know when you apply to graduate school, that you wish to participate in the PCMI program, fill out the PCMI application now and submit it. Once accepted into the MI program, you are eligible for a PCMI scholarship if you are not on assistantship.
- Once you are accepted into graduate school at Texas A&M, your application will be reviewed by the PCMI Advisory Committee. You should receive the decision within 2-3 weeks of application.
- It is possible to apply for participation in the master’s program after you begin your graduate studies. However this should occur no later than the first half of your second semester in your master’s degree program.
3. Apply to the Peace Corps
- It is important to apply to the PCMI program before you start your Peace Corps application. You will be asked to attach a letter of acceptance into the PCMI program with your Peace Corps application. As the application deletes itself after 30 days, you could lose all the information you’ve entered if there is any delay in being accepted into the PCMI program.
- The letter you submit to the Peace Corps will be a conditional Letter of Acceptance into the PCMI program at Texas A&M. As scholarships are dependent on your actual application to the Peace Corps, you will need to provide verification that you have submitted your PC application to the PCMI Coordinator
- Once the PCMI Coordinator has verified submission of your Peace Corps application, you will receive an unconditional Letter of Acceptance into the PCMI program.
The following documents should accompany your application.
- Copy for your Texas A&M graduate application
- Two Letters of Recommendation
For more information, contact:
Academic Coordinator / Lecturer