Coverdell Fellowship

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The University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program is pleased to offer the Coverdell Fellowship in partnership with the United States Peace Corps.

Earn Your Master's at UM

We invite Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to join us in this unique opportunity to draw upon your international experiences and prepare you to be a leader and change-agent in the career of your choice, making professional connections along the way.

Miami is a metropolitan city located at the gateway to the hemisphere. A multicultural crossroads as well as a burgeoning tech hub, Miami is the ideal destination for RPCVs looking to continue their educational pathway. Our neighborhoods range from fast-paced to laid-back, from art-loving to nature-focused, from cosmopolitan to suburban. With an extraordinary blend of colors, cultures, and opportunities, there is always something new to experience in our fantastically diverse city.

About The Fellowship

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  • Fast Facts

    RPCVs who are awarded the Coverdell Fellowship will receive a 50% tuition waiver to attend the MAIA program.

    Coverdell Fellows may attend full-time and complete their degree in 12 months, or part-time with a maximum time to completion of up to 6 years.

    MAIA courses are offered in a hybrid format, with some courses being offered in the evenings at our beautiful Coral Gables campus, some courses being offered fully online, and some course being taught remotely via Zoom.

  • Concentrations

    RPCVs may choose from among any of the MAIA programs concentrations:

    • Security Management, which includes an add-on certificate
    • Geospatial Technology, which includes an add-on certificate
    • Health Equity & Human Rights
    • Risk Communications
    • International Crime & Justice
    • Or, if you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater, you may propose an independent concentration for approval by the MAIA Director.

  • Internships

    The MAIA program builds upon RPCVs unique experience in understanding complex problems and addressing them on a community scale. Students culminate their MAIA degree with an internship experience in partnership with the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Toppel Career Center. Placement opportunities for Coverdell Fellows include the Refugee Assistance Alliance, Catalyst Miami, and the Community Justice Project.

  • Applications

    Fall 2022 applications for Coverdell Fellows are due March 1, 2022

    Coverdell Fellows may begin the MAIA program in the summer (June) or fall (August) depending on their declared concentration.

    All returned Peace Corps Volunteers must submit their Description of Service (DOS). Current Peace Corps Volunteers should submit a letter of support from their Country Director specifying that the applicant is in good standing until the DOS is available.

    Please note that all Coverdell Fellows program(s) at this institution offer minimum financial benefit of minimum of 25% off tuition + fees or higher. For the 2022-23 academic year, UM is able to offer 50% in tuition support for accepted Coverdell Fellows.

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For More Information

For questions about the Coverdell Fellowship, please contact:

Dr. Maryann Tobin
Assistant Dean

For questions about the application process, please contact:

Catherine Wheeling
Graduate Recruitment and Admissions