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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.

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Students in the Masters International Volunteer Program will first complete one year of coursework on campus. Afterward, they will serve overseas in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Students will then return to campus to complete their last year or semester of coursework.

Students will receive 6 elective credits total for their participation in the Masters International Volunteer Program. These credits will be awarded for the following courses:

  1. SW527 (6-credits)- an independent study course awarded for the 27 months of Peace Corps service. Requirements include:

    • Successfully completing Peace Corps service
    • Providing monthly updates either by emails or blog posts
    • Sharing the Peace Corps experience with the SSW community upon returning to campus

Students will be required to attend mandatory meetings both prior to leaving for their Peace Corps experience and once they return from abroad.

Students are not required to complete any academic assignments during their 27 months of Peace Corps service.

The Masters International Volunteer Program course planning worksheets indicate typical course schedules by term.

These course planning worksheets  are designed for MSW students that are participating in the Masters International Volunteer Program. In this program, students complete one year of coursework on campus, serve overseas in the Peace Corps for 27 months, then return to campus to complete their last year of coursework.

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

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