With an expansive global influence, the Stevenson Center’s graduate programs place students in communities in need in the U.S. and abroad. One way to visualize the Stevenson Center’s rich community is through Flickr, a photo-sharing site with a user-friendly and highly interactive photo map.
Featured on the map are current and former Peace Corps Fellows, Peace Corps Master’s International students, and Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows.
- Since 1994 the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program has further developed the skills of returned Peace Corps Volunteers, preparing the next generation of development specialists. Fellows complete one calendar year of full-time course work and 11 months of hands-on professional practice with communities or organizations needing their skills and expertise.
- The Peace Corps Master’s International Program combines graduate study with Peace Corps service to prepare students for an effective career in community and economic development. Students begin Peace Corps service after one calendar year on campus in an interdisciplinary master’s program. Through the Stevenson Center, these students leave for Peace Corps with a rich perspective and a deep stateside support network.
- Closer to home, the ACED Fellows Program requires students to have at least one year of full-time experience in community development or social services or the equivalent (1,700 hours)—as either a paid professional or a volunteer—prior to starting classes. Service with AmeriCorps’ programs like City Year and the National Civilian Community Corps counts toward this requirement. After a year on campus, Fellows complete 11 months of paid professional practice with an organization to move special projects forward, provide access to skills or expertise unavailable within the organization, or advance the established mission of the organization in new ways.
The Stevenson Center brings together students from these three programs and five different master’s degree programs for the interdisciplinary applied community and economic development sequence. For each program offered through the Stevenson Center, master’s degrees are available in applied economics, political science, and sociology. Fellows may also pursue master’s degrees in anthropology or in kinesiology and recreation.
“In addition to relevant course work, the community of students and faculty that the Stevenson Center fosters has provided the opportunity to learn and to be challenged by perspectives from different disciplines, different master’s programs, and different backgrounds,” said ACED Fellow Ramya Kumaran.
Offering a generous financial package to every student, the Stevenson Center’s unique and rigorous degrees deliver exceptional value for development professionals seeking a master’s degree. Every student receives
- A full tuition waiver
- A paid graduate assistantship during the first academic year
- A stipend throughout the field experience
The total support is worth up to $56,000 for Fellows and up to $39,000 for Master’s International students.
If you are interested in learning more about graduate study opportunities, visit the Stevenson Center today!