USF Ranks in the Top 5 for Peace Corps Master’s International Programs
May 8, 2013

The University of South Florida was named in the top five Master’s International programs by the Peace Corps.  The Master’s International program allows students to earn a graduate degree while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer overseas.

USF rounds out the fifth spot on the list with 24 volunteers currently serving overseas. USF offers two Peace Corps Master’s International programs for Public Health and Civil or Environmental Engineering. The USF program in Civil and Environmental Engineering has a strong focus on sustainability and water/sanitation engineering and the program in Public Health focuses on projects in health, community development, and the environment.

“I am very proud of the large number of USF students who not only value service to our country and the world, but also recognize the advantage of combining their graduate education at USF with the global need for trained engineers and public health professionals,” says Dr. James R. Mihelcic, Director of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

USF’s first Peace Corps volunteer took the oath in 1962 and served in Sierra Leone. Since then more than 347 USF alumni have served in countries around the globe. In 2011 USF was ranked 5th in the state of Florida and 11th in the Southeast in university Peace Corps recruitment.

“Hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers make a difference every year by combining meaningful service with graduate studies through the Peace Corps Master’s International and Coverdell Fellows programs,” says Peace Corps Deputy Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

A Peace Corps Campus Representative is located in USF World to provide information and assist with the application process. For more information visit

View the list top ranked schools for the Master’s International Program and the Coverdell Fellows programs here