Please note:  in May 2016, the Peace Corps announced that it would be retiring all Master's International graduate programs at partner campuses across the United States.  PCMI students who started at the Evans School prior to 2016, and the incoming PCMI class for Autumn 2016, will be able to continue with their PCMI program as planned. However, we will not be in a position to admit any future cohorts of PCMI students.

To earn an Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree through our Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) MPA track, students must complete 60 credit hours of coursework and two years of overseas Peace Corps service. The required coursework includes core courses, electives, and a capstone project.

Core Courses

Students need 36 credits of core courses that develop fundamental policy and management skills. The following courses are taken in sequence, typically during the first year of study:

  • Microeconomic Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 516)
  • Microeconomic Management Analysis (PUBPOL 517)
  • Managing Politics and the Policy Process (PUBPOL 511)
  • Managing Organizational Performance (PUBPOL 512)
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management (PUBPOL 522)
  • Quantitative Analysis I and II (PUBPOL 527/528)
  • Public Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 513)
  • Program Evaluation (PUBPOL 526)

Course Waivers

Some core courses can be waived.


Students need 12 elective credits and can focus on one or more areas of specialization.

Four additional credits must be used for an approved values, ethics, and equity elective course.

Capstone Projects

A capstone project, worth four to eight credits, involves working closely with a faculty member to research a topic of serious interest.

The Peace Corps portion of the degree involves two years of overseas volunteer service in one of the following areas:

  • Youth/Children’s Issues
  • Social/Health Services
  • Small Business Development
  • Environmental Issues

You will be assigned to a local, national, or international nongovernmental organization to work on projects that will increase the quality and effectiveness of their services. Such projects could include:

  • Increasing organizational capacity and sustainability;
  • Creating strategic plans for funding;
  • Raising public awareness of the organization’s mission;
  • Conducting community outreach;
  • Recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers;
  • Developing mission statements, bylaws, and other documentation;
  • Working with boards of directors; or
  • Mentoring staff with one-on-one skill building.

Peace Corps projects completed by previous Evans School PCMI students include microcredit financing for small businesses in Morocco, youth development in Grenada, and AIDS education in South Africa, among others.

Before leaving for their assignment, students complete our PCMI Exit Checklist. The Evans School will be in regular contact with students while they are overseas and will be available for advising on administrative, academic, and other issues.

For more information, contact the Evans School Student Services office at or 206.543.4900.