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Go in peace

peacecorpsIn 2010, 55 Cornell graduates served in the Peace Corps, which ranks Cornell in the top five colleges and universities with between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates, according to the corps’ 2011 rankings.

Cornell offers a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree in 15 disciplines in agriculture and the life sciences in which the student spends two academic semesters on campus and then two years overseas on a Peace Corps assignment. Administered by International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the M.P.S. program offers the opportunity to carry out an applied project rather than the traditional research thesis for a master’s degree.

More than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps in 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers work with communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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