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SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 • ISSUE 310

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New MA in sustainable living focuses on practical field experience and community building.

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Map of the Peace Corps volunteer opportunities in more than 60 countries

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Robert Abreu’s ESL students in Namibia, his place of service for the Peace Corps

MUM Partners with Peace Corps to Offer MA Degree

Students can now earn an MA in sustainable living while also participating in the US Peace Corps, thanks to a new partnership between MUM and the Peace Corps Master’s International program.

In MUM’s two-year master’s in sustainable living degree program, which began in August, students typically spend half of their time in the classroom during their first year and the other half doing local sustainability field work. In their second year, they participate in individual sustainability projects in community building. To fulfill their individual field experience requirement, students now have the option to join the Peace Corps at the beginning of their second year and start a two-year tour of service in their assigned countries.

“We are excited about it because we have had two of our undergraduates go into the Peace Corps and what we hear from them is that the Peace Corps is moving more and more towards sustainability programs,” said David Fisher, chair of the Department of Sustainable Living. “We see the Master’s International program as a way for our graduate students to plug into that and to bring their knowledge and skills to their Peace Corps projects. It’s also a huge benefit for our students to have the Peace Corps on their résumé and to have that experience. It’s really a win-win situation.” 

The Peace Corps has Master’s International program partnerships with more than 90 leading academic institutions nationwide that offer more than 160 degree programs. Established in 1987, the program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps volunteers with high levels of education and technical expertise and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, internationally focused experiences for their students. 

Robert Abreu, a 2013 sustainable living alumnus who served in the Peace Corps in Namibia, feels that MUM students are ideally suited for the Peace Corps. “MUM students will bring out the best in their communities by bringing the inner to the outer and working from a meaningful level of thought and action,” he said.

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