Peace Corps Partnership

Thunderbird Peace Corps’
Master’s International Partnership

Thunderbird and the Peace Corps have partnered to give students an opportunity to earn a graduate degree and serve in the Peace Corps simultaneously. Peace Corps service can be combined with Thunderbird’s full-time MBA in Global Management, MA in Global Affairs & Management or MS in Global Management programs. After completing two trimesters at Thunderbird, the student travels to the Peace Corps location for a 27-month service contract. After the service has been completed, the student returns to Thunderbird to finish the third trimester and/or MBA fourth trimester.

Why consider this opportunity?

  • You will receive preferential consideration for position type during Peace Corps service based on having completed two trimester of graduate business coursework at Thunderbird.
  • You will gain access to Thunderbird’s Career Management Center services, vast alumni network, Peace Corps career support, and temporary Noncompetitive Eligibility status for federal employment.
  • Peace Corps service fulfills both Thunderbird Global Experience and Second Language Proficiency requirements

Note: The Peace Corps application and selection process can take up to one year. If you are interested in taking part in this opportunity, contact your local Peace Corps Representative as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program home page or contact Admissions at or call +1 602 978-7100 or 800 457-6966.

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Peace Corps Affiliation Scholarship

Applicants who have previously served in the Peace Corps for a minimum of two years may be eligible to receive a $5,000 affiliation scholarship upon admission to a Thunderbird degree program. A recommendation letter from a Peace Corps official, written on official Peace Corps stationary, is required to demonstrate proof of service. View more financing options.