2008.03.09: March 9, 2008: Headlines: Master's: Monterey County Herald: Monterey Institute of International Studies offers a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps

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Monterey Institute of International Studies offers a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps

Monterey Institute of International Studies offers a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps

Graduate student Marie Barbaret was torn between finding a job in accounting her undergraduate major or continuing her education. Barbaret, 22, also wanted to follow her heart and join the Peace Corps in the Pacific Islands or in Latin America. So when she discovered that the Monterey Institute of International Studies offered a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps, she knew she had found a program right up her alley. "This is the only graduate school I applied to, mainly because of the Peace Corps," Barbaret said. "I was torn between the Peace Corps and graduate school." The institute has set up several graduate programs for students in the Peace Corps, including business administration, public administration in international management and international environmental policy.

Monterey Institute of International Studies offers a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps

Study, then off to Peace Corps
MIIS offers master's program

By CLARISSA ALJENTERA
Herald Staff Writer

Article Last Updated: 03/09/2008 01:41:35 AM PST

Graduate student Marie Barbaret was torn between finding a job in accounting her undergraduate major or continuing her education.

Barbaret, 22, also wanted to follow her heart and join the Peace Corps in the Pacific Islands or in Latin America.

So when she discovered that the Monterey Institute of International Studies offered a master's degree in public administration in collaboration with the Peace Corps, she knew she had found a program right up her alley.

"This is the only graduate school I applied to, mainly because of the Peace Corps," Barbaret said. "I was torn between the Peace Corps and graduate school."

The institute has set up several graduate programs for students in the Peace Corps, including business administration, public administration in international management and international environmental policy.

The public administration program with the Peace Corps was introduced last year, while the environmental policy program starts this fall.

Assistant professor Jason Scorse has helped develop the program focused on environmental policy.

"We've had the environmental program for 15 years and the Peace Corps for 15 years and we're putting them together," said Scorse. "It is the perfect synergy in some sense. The conservation piece is an important service abroad."

Barbaret said she wants to specialize in sustainable development.

"I want to use my skills to help out a community and get experience in development work,
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learn a language and become immersed in a culture," she said.

The first three semesters of the program are spent learning on campus and then the students go on to their Peace Corps assignment. After serving in the Peace Corps, students return to MIIS for their last semester and final project.

Professor Beryl Levinger is teaching advanced nonprofit management with two students who have returned from the Peace Corps.

"This program serves to introduce a group of students who are idealistic and committed and sophisticated in the institute," said Levinger, who was in the Peace Corps in Colombia in the late 1960s.

Levinger said the combination of Peace Corps veterans and those entering the program provide a rich resource for classroom learning for professors and students.

"This is a nontraditional approach to education where everyone is a teacher and a learner," Levinger said. "It is very much like the Peace Corps experience."

Clarissa Aljentera may be reached at claljentera@montereyherald.com.




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