School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Peace Corps Programs at Kennesaw State University

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

You have served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer and had experiences of a lifetime that no one can take away from you. Why not go the extra step and enhance those practical experiences with a Master's degree? Kennesaw State University's Master of Science in Conflict Management provides an excellent opportunity for you to continuing your studies.

As is indicated at the Peace Corps website, for many Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows, this is an opportunity to combine academic and professional endeavors with your desire to work in underserved communities. At the same time, it allows the Fellow to reintegrate into a community and do something meaningful after your experience abroad.

Through the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program at KSU you will receive a tuition waiver and stipend for fall and spring semesters. The program offers Graduate Research Assistantships to Peace Corps Fellows for up to four academic semesters in this degree program.

If you would like more information, please visit the Peace Corps' Coverdell Fellows Program.

Application Process

There is a two-part application process. First, you apply to the MSCM program using the admissions process explained under How to Apply on our website. Next, you will need to complete a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows application form in order to be considered for KSU's Fellows Program.

You'll send the Peace Corps forms to another office, so be sure to follow the directions on the link below. It is likely that the MSCM program will review your application first. Peace Corps Fellows' applications will be reviewed in March and April for the upcoming Fall semester. Acceptance into the MSCM program does not guarantee automatic acceptance into KSU's Fellows/USA program. If you would like to be considered for the KSU Coverdell Fellows Program for fall 2017, you will need to submit an application by March 15, 2017.

Send the Fellows/USA application to:

Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Professional Programs School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
Phone: 470-578-6499
The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Committee will review all applications and contact candidates no later than May 31. Admission into the MSCM is a prerequisite for Fellows consideration.

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program is offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The program is compiled of courses that will complement your major and will build competencies through coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. The 4 competencies are:

  • Training and experience in a specific work sector
  • Foreign language skills
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional and leadership development

For more information visit the Peace Corps Prep Program website or contact the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator, Tom Pynn at