Unique partnership allows students to combine graduate studies with volunteer service abroad at no cost
The Peace Corps has approved three additional Antioch University New England (AUNE) graduate degrees as part of its Master’s International program at the University. Established in 1987, the program pairs graduate studies with Peace Corps service, blending academic coursework with internationally focused experience. Students earn 6-12 credits from AUNE at no cost to them while serving as Peace Corps volunteers, saving up to $12,000 in tuition.
The newly approved Master’s International degrees at AUNE include an MBA in Sustainability; an MEd for Experienced Educators with concentrations in Educating for Sustainability, Educational Technology Integrator, Library Media Studies, Mindfulness for Educators, Problem-Based Learning, School Leadership and Administration, and Self-Designed Studies; or an MS in Environmental Studies with Science Teacher Certification.
These programs are in addition to AUNE’s existing offering of Master’s International options which include an MS in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, and Sustainable Development and Climate Change; an MS in Resource Management and Conservation (Professional Science Master’s option only); and a PhD in Environmental Studies.
“We are delighted to partner with Antioch University New England to give students the opportunity to incorporate Peace Corps service into their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Peace Corps volunteers develop cross-cultural, leadership, and language skills during their service that – in combination with a graduate degree – make them extremely competitive candidates in today’s global job market.”
AUNE has a history of welcoming returned Peace Corps volunteers into the classroom thanks to its focus on sustainability and social justice. The University is also part of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program and offers scholarships for students who have completed their Peace Corps service.
“Combining graduate study with Peace Corps service changed my life,” said Jason Rhoades, AUNE’s Master’s International program coordinator who served in the Peace Corps from 2006-08 in the Republic of Armenia. “I am delighted to see Antioch University at the forefront of developing new academic partnerships with the Peace Corps and creating new and meaningful academic pathways to learn and serve.”
Students can apply for the Master’s International master’s level programs at AUNE now and begin in 2016. Applications for the PhD in Environmental Studies program, which starts in the summer, are due in January 2016. For more information, visit antiochne.edu or contact Jason Rhoades, program coordinator, [email protected], 800-552-8380.
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