Peace Corp Fellows Program in Community Development Western Illinois University
How to Apply - Fellows

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for admissions in January (spring semester) or August (fall semester). To begin the application, please contact Karen Peitzmeier, Internal Coordinator, at 800-526-9943 (in the U.S.) or email her at . She will guide you through the application process.

Requirements for Master's Degree Programs

There are two steps in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow. First, you must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School as well as the specific requirements of your chosen master's degree program. Second, you must be awarded a Fellowship through the Peace Corps Fellows Program.

In general, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, letters of recommendation and, in some cases, personal essays and/or test scores from the GMAT or GRE. Please click here for the online Graduate School application and details on Graduate School requirements.


Business Administration (MBA)  The MBA program is available to students with both business and non-business backgrounds.  Individual degree program requirements are based on previously completed coursework and may range from 33 to 60 semester hours.  Specific requirements include completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and submission of GMAT scores.  Admission requires an acceptable combination of a cumulative grade point average and the total GMAT score so that 200 * (GPA) + GMAT score totals at least 1000. In addition, the total GMAT score must be 450 or greater and the minimum verbal and math scores are 19 each.

Economics  An overall GPA of 3.00 is required for all courses completed in the undergraduate degree program.  The GPA cut-off is 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). However, if a candidate has work experience, and it is believed that there is greater potential than the undergraduate GPA would suggest, we may waive the 2.75 requirement. Also, high grades in economics, mathematics, and statistics may cause us to waive the 2.75 minimum. The GRE is not required for admission, however, high scores may be submitted to offset an undergraduate GPA that is below the minimum requirements. Regular admission cannot be granted to applicants with less than a 2.50 GPA.  However, the Economics Department has, and exercises, the right to deny admission even though an individual may have been admitted to the Graduate School.

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and statistics course that includes regression analysis are the courses the department expects all students to complete prior to regular admission.  A two-semester sequence in calculus is required.

Econ 481G (Calculus) may be taken for graduate credit. The other three courses cannot be taken for graduate credit. However, classes that would satisfy these deficiencies are offered every semester and an independent study/proficiency examination option is available to allow completion of deficiencies with no tuition expense. The department does not require that applicants have an undergraduate degree in Economics; however, grad track students must adhere to the aforementioned stipulations on deficiencies.

Political Science (Public Administration)   As criteria for admission, the department considers a substantial number of courses in political science at the undergraduate level.  Students who lack such course work must complete undergraduate deficiency courses.  Normally, the department requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work.  GRE scores are not required for admission.  However, it is recommended for those students with and undergraduate GPA of below 2.75, or below 3.0 for the last two undergraduate years. 

Geography (Regional Planning)   Normally, applicants should have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit in Geography.  Exception may be made if the student has a strong background in cognate areas or if undergraduate deficiencies are removed by taking courses as required by the graduate committee.  Additional coursework for students in this category are:  Introductory Human (Cultural) Geography, Introductory Physical Geography, Statistics and Cartography.  Acceptability for admissions to the program is based on cumulative grade point average and the GRE.

Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration   The department  requires no specific stipulation other than acceptance by the graduate school.

Health Sciences  Graduate students must show evidence of having completed coursework or having had work related experiences in the human diseases field prior to admission.  An undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work is required for unconditional acceptance to the program.  Applicants with minimum GPAs lower the standard may be probationally admitted  with the understanding that they must earn at least a “B” in each course taken during their initial 12 hours of health education and promotion coursework.  The department does not require GRE scores for admission.How to Apply

PEACE CORPS FELLOWS PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Admission into the WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program is dependent upon prior admission to the graduate school and respective degree program.)

  • Copy of DOS statement
  • Current resume
  • Two-page essay of intent conveying the applicant’s philosophy on community development. A personal commitment to community development is critical for participation in the program.
  • Completed FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid)
  • A campus visit is also mandatory and will be arranged with you after all admission documents have been submitted (visit expenses are reimbursed). 
  • For more information, please feel free to contact Karen Peitzmeier.


Peace Corps Fellows Program   ·  Western Illinois University   ·  1 University Circle - 503 Currens Hall   ·  Macomb, IL 61455
(800) 526-9943   ·  (309) 298-2268   ·  

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The PCF program is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.