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The following list the educational requirements to be eligible for different volunteer positions. An individual position may be listed multiple times; for example, qualifying with a bachelor's degree OR an associate's with experience. All links go directly to the Overview page on Peace Corps' website where more information on that position can be found - including Experience required or recommended.

Professional Certification[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Health Health Extension registered nurse with a demonstrated interest in community health
Health Public Health Education registered nurse certified in public health or midwifery or a certified physician’s assistant


Master's Degree[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Development master’s degree in business administration, public administration, management, accounting, banking, or finance
Business and Information & Communication Technology NGO Development master’s degree with a concentration in nonprofit management, public administration, or organizational development
Business and Information & Communication Technology Urban and Regional Planning master’s degree in urban or regional planning
Business and Information & Communication Technology Urban and Regional Planning master’s degree in public administration or public policy with a concentration in urban planning
Education English Teacher Training master’s in education concentration in English, TEFL, or foreign language
Education English Teacher Training master’s degree in teaching English, TEFL, foreign language, or applied linguistics
Education University English master’s degree in English with a concentration in composition, creative writing, American or comparative literature, rhetorical studies, or technical writing
Education University English master’s degree in French or another foreign language, TEFL, or linguistics. Some applicants may qualify with a Master’s degree in history, language arts, humanities, or the social sciences
Health Environmental and Water Resources Engineering master’s degree in environmental or sanitary engineering; OR civil engineering with 12 semester hours of environmental engineering course work
Health Public Health Education master’s degree in public health


Bachelor's Degree (specific)[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Agriculture Animal Husbandry bachelor’s degree in animal science or animal husbandry
Agriculture Animal Husbandry bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology with at least 18 months of experience working with livestock
Agriculture Applied Agricultural Science bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences such as agronomy, plant science, horticulture, soil science, entomology, botany, or plant pathology
Agriculture Farm Management and Agribusiness bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics or agribusiness
Agriculture Farm Management and Agribusiness a degree that combines agriculture and management
Agriculture Farm Management and Agribusiness a business or economics degree combined with a year of hands-on experience in farming or agribusiness
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Advising bachelor’s degree in business, economics, management, finance, marketing, accounting, computer systems, or international business
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Development bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, accounting, banking, or finance and two years of full-time business work experience
Business and Information & Communication Technology Information & Communication Technology bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems
Business and Information & Communication Technology Information & Communication Technology bachelor’s degree with a focus on communication technologies, including mass communications, graphic design, journalism, informatics and telecommunications
Business and Information & Communication Technology Urban and Regional Planning bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning
Business and Information & Communication Technology Urban and Regional Planning bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban studies, or geography and one year of experience in urban planning
Education English Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English, TEFL, or foreign language
Education English Teacher Training bachelor’s in English, TEFL, or foreign language and six months full-time, classroom teaching the same at the secondary level
Education Math/Science Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in math, computer science, or engineering
Education Math/Science Teacher Training degree in secondary education with a concentration in math
Education Math/Science Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in general science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or any physical or biological science
Education Math/Science Teacher Training degree in secondary education with a concentration in any science
Education Primary Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in elementary or early childhood education
Education Secondary English Teaching Competitive applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in English, TEFL, or linguistics
Education Special Education Training bachelor’s degree with certification in special education
Environment Environment Education or Awareness bachelor’s degree in an environmental field such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource conservation
Environment Forestry bachelor’s degree in forestry, watershed or natural resource management, environmental science, or ecology
Environment Forestry degree in biology, botany, ornamental horticulture, or geology and six months of growing or field experience
Environment Protected-Areas Management bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, or recreation and park administration
Health Construction and Skilled Trades bachelor’s degree in industrial arts, technical education
Health Environmental and Water Resources Engineering bachelor’s degree in environmental or sanitary engineering; OR civil engineering with 12 semester hours of environmental engineering course work
Health Public Health Education bachelor’s degree in health education, nutrition, dietetics, or another health-related discipline
Youth and Community Development Community Development bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, community development


Bachelor's Degree (any discipline)[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Agriculture Agriculture and Forestry Extension bachelor’s degree in any discipline
Agriculture Animal Husbandry any other discipline with at least 18 months of experience working with livestock
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Advising degree in any discipline with one year full-time experience in cooperatives, bookkeeping, small business, or credit unions
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Development bachelor’s degree in any discipline and five years of full-time business work experience.
Business and Information & Communication Technology Information & Communication Technology bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 15 semester or 22 quarter hours in computer science and two years of related experience
Business and Information & Communication Technology NGO Development bachelor’s degree in any discipline and two years of full-time experience in management of a nonprofit
Business and Information & Communication Technology Urban and Regional Planning bachelor’s degree in any discipline with at least five years of professional experience, three of them directly related to urban planning
Education English Teacher Training bachelor’s in any discipline with one year full-time, classroom teaching the same at the secondary level
Education English Teacher Training bachelor’s in any discipline with secondary education state certification in English, TEFL, or foreign language
Education Math/Science Teacher Training degree in any discipline with a minor in math (15 semester or 22 quarter hours) that includes two calculus courses
Education Math/Science Teacher Training degree in any discipline with certification in secondary math
Education Math/Science Teacher Training degree in any discipline with certification in secondary science
Education Primary Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in any discipline and certification in elementary education
Education Primary Teacher Training bachelor’s degree in any discipline with one or more school year full-time classroom teaching experience at the preschool or elementary level. Many applicants have state teaching certification.
Education Secondary English Teaching bachelor’s degree in any discipline and experience
Education Special Education Training degree in any discipline with one year of experience
Environment Environment Education or Awareness degree in any discipline and six months experience organizing or leading environmental activities. Most applicants have significant course work in science
Environment Forestry degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in forestry or nursery management
Environment Protected-Areas Management degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in park planning or administration, resource management, or wildlife management
Health Construction and Skilled Trades bachelor's degree in any discipline and at least six months of work experience
Health Health Extension bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a demonstrated interest in community health
Health Water and Sanitation Extension bachelor’s degree in any discipline
Youth and Community Development Community Development bachelor’s degree in any discipline along with significant volunteer experience
Youth and Community Development Youth Development bachelor’s degree in any discipline with six months full-time experience.

Associate's Degree[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Agriculture Animal Husbandry associate degree in animal science or animal husbandry
Agriculture Applied Agricultural Science associate degree in agricultural sciences such as agronomy, plant science, horticulture, soil science, entomology, botany, or plant pathology
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Advising associate degree in any business discipline with two years of experience as a business manager
Business and Information & Communication Technology Information & Communication Technology associate degree in a computer-related field and two years of computer experience
Environment Forestry associate degree in forestry, watershed or natural resource management, environmental science, or ecology
Youth and Community Development Youth Development associate degree and one year of full-time counseling experience with at-risk youths


No College Degree[edit]

Sector Sub-Sector Description
Agriculture Agriculture and Forestry Extension no college degree and one year of experience
Agriculture Animal Husbandry no college degree and at least three years of experience working with livestock
Agriculture Applied Agricultural Science no college degree and three years of full-time farm experience
Agriculture Farm Management and Agribusiness no college degree and at least three years of experience in farm management or agribusiness
Business and Information & Communication Technology Business Advising no college degree and four or more years of business management experience
Business and Information & Communication Technology Information & Communication Technology five or more years of experience in programming, systems analysis, systems design, or computer consulting
Business and Information & Communication Technology NGO Development no college degree and at least five years of management experience in a nonprofit organization
Health Construction and Skilled Trades no college degree and two or more years of full-time work experience
Health Environmental and Water Resources Engineering no college degree and certification in water or wastewater treatment plant operation or hazardous materials management
Health Water and Sanitation Extension no college degree and one year of full-time construction experience
Youth and Community Development Youth Development no college degree and five years of relevant full-time work experience