Master's International Program

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is one of two colleges at New Mexico State University (NMSU) that offers the Master's International program. Programs are in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Health and Social Services (CHSS). Both Master's International programs began in 2010.

Degree Programs:

The following graduate degrees are available through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences:

  • M.A. degree in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • M.S. degrees in Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agriculture Economics and Agriculture Business, Animal Science, Range Science, Family and Consumer Science, Horticulture, Interdisciplinary Water Science and Management, and Wildlife Sciences

More information about each department or program can be found at the ACES Departmental Overview page.

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Overview of Master's International:

Designed for current or incoming students, Master's International provides the unique opportunity for students to earn their Master's Degree while serving in the Peace Corps. Students complete the first year of graduate coursework on campus before serving a two-year term in the Peace Corps. Credit is awarded for Peace Corps service depending on the policy of each department. While on campus, Master's International students are prepared with the technical knowledge and research skills to carry out their international assignment and prepare graduate manuscripts. Students work closely with faculty advisors from their departments throughout their time on campus, and correspond frequently when abroad to obtain needed support.

Participants in Master's International may receive graduate assistantships in teaching or research from their respective department contingent on acceptance to the program and available funding. This qualifies the student for in-state tuition and health insurance coverage through the university. During service, the Peace Corps provides transportation to and from the country of service, health care, and a monthly stipend while serving. The Peace Corps also provides a re-adjustment allowance of $7,425 (before taxes) at the successful completion of 27 months.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University is dedicated to providing academic programs that address issues affecting the quality of life in a rapidly changing society and prepares our graduates with the knowledge they need to make an impact in local, national, and international communities. The Master's International program allows students to gain and bring a wider perspective, international experience, and a diverse knowledge base to the classroom. The skills learned as volunteers through adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources are valuable assets to both the student and the university.

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Application Process:

All Master's International students must first meet the admission requirements of New Mexico State University, the Graduate School, and the degree program for which they are applying to be enrolled in the program. They must also successfully complete 27 months of Peace Corps service (including COS). The process for entry into the Master's International program at NMSU is as follows:

  1. Simultaneously contact both your intended department and the ACES Peace Corps Programs Coordinator to indicate interest in the program and gather information
  2. Simultaneously apply for admission to New Mexico State University via the online application and admission into the Peace Corps via the online application
  3. Complete the Master's International Application and submit to the ACES Peace Corps Programs Coordinator
  4. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship through your intended department
  5. Maintain contact with your intended department and the ACES Peace Corps Programs Coordinator for any questions or additional information
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Current Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows in ACES:

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Program Contact Information:

For additional or more specific information regarding the ACES Master's International, please contact:

  • Dr. Mick O'Neill, Professor of Agronomy, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Science Center in Farmington, RPCV Ghana 1971-1972 & Burkina Faso 1972-1974

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