The IPSD program has been replaced by the Coverdell Fellowship program for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). 

The original IPSD program was established in the 1980s by Professor Michael Lang (Emeritus) of the Department of Public Policy & Administration and was the first Master’s in Public Administration degree in the nation to create a joint partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps. As a result of this partnership, the Peace Corps established the Master’s International Peace Corps program. Over 40 graduate schools in the U.S. have joined this partnership. In 2016, the Peace Corps discontinued the Master’s International Program. 

Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are eligible to apply to the Rutgers-Camden MPA program as Coverdell Fellows.  Fellowships cover tuition and fees for the MPA degree.

Coverdell Fellows – Returning Peace Corps Volunteers are encouraged to apply to the Rutgers-Camden MPA Program.  In  order to be considered for the Fellowship, include your request for a Coverdell Fellowship in your personal statement submission during the application process.  Please ensure that you add a statement of your plans to live in the New Jersey/Philadelphia area.

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. 


Degree Requirements

The degree requires 42 credits course work. For students completing their degree with an IPSD specialization, and registered prior to Fall 2016, you may download a copy of the IPSD Specialization Worksheet.