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Masters International Volunteer Program

Grad School or Peace Corps...
Why Not Do Both?

Formerly, the University of Michigan School of Social Work (SSW) in conjunction with Peace Corps offered the Master's International (MI) program until the program was retired in 2016. Despite Peace Corps' retirement of the MI program, the SSW is continuing to offer students interested in international service the option to incorporate Peace Corps service into their MSW program. MSW applicants must apply to the U-M School of Social Work first and upon acceptance can apply to the Peace Corps. Masters International Volunteer Program students are not guaranteed acceptance into Peace Corps.

MSW students interested in the Masters International Volunteer Program must select the Global Social Work pathway. Masters International Volunteer Program students serve in countries all around the world and may choose to serve in any of the Peace Corps sectors that they see will best fit their interest. Peace Corps Volunteer Openings are updated quarterly for prospective applicants to look at current volunteer openings.

The Masters International Volunteer Program will further enhance learning and skills by giving students an option to complete 27 months of significant international experience while completing their MSW degree.

Begin your Peace Corps application »

  • MSW applicants must apply to the U-M School of Social Work first and upon acceptance can apply to the Peace Corps
  • Peace Corps applications may be submitted between May 1st and September 1st of the fall term when students begin course work. On the Peace Corps application, please indicate a program that has a departure date between early May and late June.
  • Applicants must be accepted to both programs
  • Student must enroll in either the 12-month advanced standing or 20-month Masters International Volunteer Program curriculum*
  • Applicants must complete the Global Social Work pathway
  • Students in the program must enroll in a 1-credit preparation seminar (SW 648) the Winter Term before their departure for the Peace Corps, and they will be required to attend mandatory post experience meetings in the fall once they return.
  • In order to join the Peace Corps, you must be over age 18 and a U.S. citizen

* If you are interested in completing the Masters International Volunteer Program as a MasterTrack MSW, Micromasters MSW, UM-Dearborn Human Services & Social Work, or U-M Sociology & Social Work student, please contact peace.corps@umich.edu to discuss this option.

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