Peace Corps Officials Help Launch Texas' First International Master's Program

Agriculture and education students will earn master’s while serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.

Written by Cory Chandler

Peace Corps officials visiting from Washington, D.C., Wednesday (Sept. 5) helped Texas Tech University launch its new Master's International program.
Texas Tech recently became the newest member of the program and the first in Texas, allowing Red Raiders to earn graduate degrees in agriculture or education while serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.
"I was delighted when Peace Corps selected Texas Tech as a partner for the highly prestigious Peace Corps' Master’s International program and I am equally excited to see this partnership come to fruition," said Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech. "Our students will have the best opportunity available for learning new languages and cultures while gaining first-hand insight into global development challenges."
Master’s International students will enroll in degree programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Education, combining their academic knowledge with a practical, international field assignment.
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 than 40 years, the Peace Corps has been instrumental in promoting the causes of peace and prosperity by utilizing the best of America’s spirit – its goodwill and energy and optimism – in sending volunteers overseas," said Kent Hance, chancellor of Texas Tech University System. "I can’t imagine a better program for broadening our students’ understanding of other countries and the breadth and complexity of afflictions faced by those who are less fortunate."
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.
More than 360 Texas Tech alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers since the organization’s creation.

CONTACT: Tibor P. Nagy Jr., vice provost for international affairs, (806) 742-3667, tibor.nagy@ttu.edu.