Peace Corps Master's International Program


Admission and Financial Aid

To qualify for the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, students must meet the admission requirements for the University of Alaska Fairbanks master’s degree program and the requirements established by the Peace Corps for volunteer service. Students need to apply to graduate school before applying to the Peace Corps.

For acceptance into the Natural Resources Management M.S. program, you should have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a discipline that can be applied to natural resources management. You are not required to have a degree in science to apply, but it is helpful to have a basic course in ecology at a minimum as most of our graduate courses assume that all students have had such a course. If you have no prior courses related to the natural sciences and resource management, your advisory committee will help you select courses to enhance your background.

The first step in applying for the PCMI program in SNRE is to go to the UAF Admissions page. There is an online application form to fill out. It includes a statement of purpose which is a short essay explaining why you wish to apply for a Master’s degree in our program. You will need to have your undergraduate college (or colleges) send the UAF Admissions Dept official transcripts of your undergraduate courses. In addition, you need to have three references send recommendations for you to the Admissions department at their email address: admissions@uaf.edu. It is best if your recommendations are sent directly from your reference to the Admissions department so that we know

All applicants must take the GRE exam. While students are normally expected to have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate degree coursework, we sometimes accept students with a lower GPA if other parts of their application are strong. We accept applications continuously and students may begin in fall, spring, or summer semesters.  However, to be considered for financial aid, you must submit your application by FEBRUARY 1st (see below).

Financial aid

All PCMI students at UAF receive a 12-credit tuition waiver from the Graduate School during their two-year Peace Corps service. This allows students to maintain their active student status during their Peace Corps assignment.

Additional financial aid for your academic studies is in short supply: there are limited fellowships and teaching assistantships available.  These are highly competitive. To qualify, students must be starting in a fall semester and their UAF online application for admission must be complete by February 1st.  

To be considered for a fellowship, all candidates must also send a statement explaining why they want to be a PCMI student. Why do you wish to add that to your Master’s program? Also, please send an academic research paper that you wrote for a class. If you do not have such a document, then something close to a research paper should be submitted. These two documents should be sent directly to our PCMI Coordinator, Dr. Susan Todd, at sktodd@alaska.edu. Please send these documents to Dr. Todd by February 1st if you wish to have your application considered for these awards.

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