Applications are not currently being accepted for the IPSD Program

Coverdell Fellows – Returning Peace Corps Volunteers are encourage to apply to the MPA.  Full tuition scholarships are available.

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Maureen Donaghy

For information, email program director Maureen Donaghy at or call (856) 225-6131.


The International Public Service and Development specialization was one of four Master’s in Public Administration degree tracks offered by Rutgers University–Camden. The IPSD specialization combines graduate-level studies in Public Policy and Administration with coursework on community service, international development policy and administration, and nonprofit management.  

During their first year of academic studies, students serve in a year-long internship in north Camden. After their first year, they then serve in the US Peace Corps for two years, or for one year in an alternative international assignment. 

Our program has an excellent track record of placing graduates in government organizations, international institutions, and private firms. Recent graduates have gone to work for organizations like the U.S. State Department, the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Department for Aid and International Development, and a host of state and municipal government departments. 

For information, email program director Maureen Donaghy at or call (856) 225-6131.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 42 credits course work. Download a copy of the IPSD Specialization Worksheet.

Core of Common Knowledge (15 credits)

  • 501 Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • 515 Introduction of Public Budgeting and Finance
  • 525 Public and Nonprofit Management
  • 535 Research Methods
  • 536 Public Information Systems

IPSD Specialization (12 credits)

  • 542 Domestic Internship
  • 556 International Negotiations
  • 616 International Economic Development
  • 670 International Conflict & Conflict Resolution

IPSD Elective Courses (six credits)

Choose two courses from:

  • 56:834:505 Organizational Behavior
  • 56:834:606 Poverty Alleviation Strategies
  • 56:834:604 Alternative Development Strategies
  • 56:834:xxx MPA courses

Capstone Course (nine credits)

The final nine credits will be completed in conjunction with overseas placement. The other 33 credits must have been completed by the end of spring semester of second year.

  • 676 International Placement and Capstone Project