The School of Planning offers a special opportunity for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to earn either an MCP or a PhD while working in a local community development organization. The purpose of the program is to work in collaboration with the US Peace Corps to take advantage of students' experience from their Peace Corps assignment. In addition to earning a postgraduate (MCP or PhD) degree from an accredited graduate planning program at one of the largest schools of planning in the United States, students gain experience in domestic community planning organizations.
Benefits of the Program
The Coverdell Fellows program is integrated within the Master of Community Planning (MCP) program at the University of Cincinnati. For students pursuing a PhD, regional development is also available.
While all normal admissions requirements for the MCP or Ph.D. degree programs at the University of Cincinnati must be satisfied for acceptance into the Coverdell Fellows program, additional requirements must also be met. That is, to participate in the MCP/Coverdell Fellows program, all applicants must be American citizens and must have served in the Peace Corps.
Interested students should contact the School of Planning's MCP Fellows/USA Coordinator to discuss admission to the university and present evidence of the dates and location of their completed Peace Corps assignment. In addition to the application submission requirements of the MCP and Ph.D. programs, applicants must also submit:
- Proof of completed Peace Corps assignment/ Official Description of Service (DOS)
- An essay on interest in the Coverdell Fellows program
The courses comprising both the MCP and Ph.D. Coverdell Fellows programs are existing graduate level courses offered in the School of Planning and elsewhere in the university. The MCP Coverdell Fellows program is comprised of four semesters of on-campus studies. Students will also be placed in community organizations consistent with their experience and interests. During the two academic years, students will attend a Peace Corps seminar in which they will discuss their experiences, listen to local guest speakers and plan service activities. These sessions and the courses throughout the program will allow students to reflect on their experience as Peace Corps Volunteers. Students may also have the opportunity to complete a thesis based on work they carried out while working overseas or locally.