Peace Corps Master's International

Michigan Tech is the nation's premier Peace Corps university, producing nearly 15% of the country's Master's International students, and has been the largest MI community among universities since 2005. Our first program (in Forestry) began in 1996, and in 1997 we added Peace Corps' first MI program in engineering. We have continued to grow since then, adding our eighth MI program at Michigan Tech in 2010.

After two semesters of on-campus coursework, MI students serve for 27 months in the U.S. Peace Corps. In addition to typical Peace Corps activities, MI students execute a research project during their service. Upon completion, students return to campus to defend their research and share experiences. To date more than 180 students (>40% women) with many different undergraduate majors from more than 50 universities have participated in this program. They have served in the following countries: Tanzania, El Salvador, Honduras, Madagascar, Bolivia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Philippines, Armenia, Uganda, Benin, Paraguay, Vanuatu, Fiji, Zambia, Senegal, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Namibia, Morocco, Ecuador, Nepal, Mauritania, Ukraine, Macedonia, Jamaica, Cameroon, Nicaragua, Togo, The Gambia, Kenya, Gabon, Samoa, Peru, East Timor, Palau, Suriname.

Peace Corps Master's International Programs at Michigan Tech
Program Initiated Contact Web site
Forestry 1996 Prof. Audrey Mayer
Civil and Environmental Engineering 1997 Profs. Brian Barkdoll, David Watkins
Natural Hazards Mitigation 2004 Prof. John Gierke
Science Education 2006 Profs. Brad Baltensperger, Sarah Green
Rhetoric and Technical Communication 2008 Prof. Craig Waddell
Mechanical Engineering 2009 Profs. Michele Miller, John Gershenson
Natural and Applied Resource Economics 2009 Prof. Gary Campbell
Biological Sciences 2010 Prof. Casey Huckins


  1. Obtain a graduate degree while working in your professional field with the Peace Corps
  2. Transfer knowledge between two cultures
  3. Work with communities on appropriate solutions to health, environmental, and economic problems



For more information contact:

Prof. Kari Henquinet


D80 Center

Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

Ph. 906-487-2520
Fax: 906-487-2943

Michigan Technological University

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Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

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