The Rutgers-Camden MPA program offers Returning Peace Corp Volunteers (RPCV) Coverdell Fellowships.

Coverdell Fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to RPCV’s who wish to pursue the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Rutgers-Camden. 

Fellowships cover up to 100%  of tuition and fees in the MPA or Executive MPA programs. Coverdell Fellows admitted to the MPA degree can specialize in either Community Development or Public and Nonprofit Management. This partnership with the Peace Corps includes a requirement for Coverdell Fellows to complete an internship in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.  A member of our faculty supports the internship program through a three-credit course format.  

Rutgers-Camden offers the resources of a world-class research university with the benefit of a smaller campus experience. Our faculty specialize in both international and domestic public policy to serve the interests of our students. Read what our alumni have to say about their Rutgers-Camden MPA and EMPA experiences! 

To apply, please see the MPA admissions requirements.  Please note, the GRE requirement is waived for RPCVs.  In addition to the general application requirements, RPCVs should include:

  1. All standardized tests are waived for RPCVs.
  2. In the personal statement – note your Peace Corp experience and request consideration for a Coverdell Fellowship. 
  3. Also in the personal statement – or in a separate letter to the admissions committee uploaded as a supplemental file – Share your plans for relocating to the Philadelphia-Camden area if accepted.  Please note the semester you plan to start as a student. 
  4. Application fees will be waived after your application has been completed. Please note the Peace Corps as the source of your interest in the program (recruit source). 
  5.  Please note: When you get to the list of programs, scroll to the section labeled “The Graduate School – Camden” and select the appropriate Semester on the right-hand side. Made sure you choose the Camden Campus MPA program. 

Admissions are considered on a rolling basis, and funding decisions are prioritized on applicant qualifications.  The majority of Coverdell Fellows are admitted for the fall semester, spring admissions are very limited. A personal interview may be requested in addition to the stated requirements.  The interview may be conducted in person or virtually.
Early funding decision deadlines* are:
    First-round spring admission: November 1st
    First-round fall admission:  March 1st 

*Please note: We recommend that RPCV returning April-August apply for the following Spring semester and those returning in November/December apply for the following Fall semester. This provides the necessary time to relocate and find housing before starting school.

Coverdell Fellows are also awarded after early funding dates, but applications are competitive and early application is recommended. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Angie McGuire in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden.


IPSD students returning from Peace Corp assignments

For former IPSD students, students must complete all requirements for the degree, including international placement and a 9-credit hour capstone within eight (8) years following initial enrollment in the MPA program.  Please contact Dr. McGuire for information on completion.