The Peace Corps announced Texas Tech University as their newest partner in the
Master's International program.
With more than 360 Texas Tech University alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers
since its creation, the new partnership will enhance and strengthen both organizations.
"I am delighted that Peace Corps selected Texas Tech as a partner for the highly prestigious
Peace Corps’ Master’s International program," said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas
Tech University. "This will offer our students an excellent opportunity to learn new
languages and cultures in a real-world environment, and gain first-hand insight into
global development challenges. At the same time, our students will be able to share
their professional expertise while serving in their host nations."
Designed for Americans who want the opportunity to earn graduate degrees while serving
as Peace Corps Volunteers abroad, Master’s International celebrates its 20th anniversary
this year. Master’s International students will enroll in degree programs in the College
of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources and the College of Education, then combine
their academic knowledge with a practical, international field assignment.
The Texas Tech Master’s International program will be managed by the university’s
Office of International Affairs with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy Jr., vice provost for
international affairs, serving as the program's coordinator.
"During my 25 years as a U.S. diplomat in Africa, I consistently found two groups
of people with uniformly positive views of America: those who had contact with Peace
Corps Volunteers in their own countries, and those who came to the U.S. to study,"
Nagy said. "Peace Corps Master’s International is a phenomenal program for preparing
students to be even more effective Peace Corps Volunteers while overseas, and to be
high performers in their selected professions once they return."
Since 1987, Master’s International has expanded to include partnerships at more than
50 universities throughout the U.S. These graduate programs provide opportunities
for volunteers to fill specialized assignment areas that require advanced education.
For more information, visit the Peace Corps website at www.peacecorps.gov/masters.
CONTACT: Tibor P. Nagy Jr., vice provost for international affairs, (806) 742-3667,