The MIDA - Peace Corps option is designed for students at Western Michigan University who wish to earn the MIDA degree and to carry out two years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The combination of the MIDA and the Peace Corps provides an opportunity to combine academic course work with practical field experience. This option is only available to U.S. citizens as the Peace Corps only accepts U.S. nationals. Prospective students should apply for entrance into the Peace Corps and into the MIDA program concurrently. Rather than the forty-two credit hours required for a standard MIDA, the Peace Corps option requires thirty-six credit hours and completion of Peace Corps service. Thirty are earned in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University and six credit hours are earned for a field paper researched and written during Peace Corps service. A student beginning on-campus classes in September might complete them in December of the following year. It is possible however to earn the thirty credit hours in a rigorous ten-month course of study from September through June (four three-hour courses in the Fall term, four in Winter, and two in Spring).
Applicants should note that they want the "Peace Corps option" on the MIDA application. On the application to the Peace Corps, applicants should note that they are also applying to the Master's International Program in Development Administration at Western Michigan University. Applicants accepted for MIDA are advised to postpone registering for classes until their Peace Corps Recruiter has nominated them. In the event that an applicant is accepted into the MIDA program but is deemed medically, legally or otherwise ineligible for Peace Corps service, the applicant has the option to transfer automatically into the standard two-year MIDA program.