Off-Campus Programs with Partnered Sponsors

Michigan Tech promotes knowledge enrichment and personal development through graduate level credit courses and programs, as well as noncredit courses and seminars offered via online and distance delivery technologies to individuals and corporate sponsors. For information about Michigan Tech's off-campus options for individuals outside of partnership agreements, visit Tech Online. Most online courses are delivered via streaming video and Canvas. View a preview of a streamed video lecture.

Partnered Research Master’s and PhD Degrees

This option is for research degrees offered under the auspices of a contractual agreement with a cooperating partner in industry, government, or the non-profit sector.

The heart of this option lies not only in the student-advisor mentoring relationship, but also in opportunities for students to work together and for the advisory committee to meet with the student. Distance learning research-based degrees at both the master's and doctoral level are designed to ensure fidelity to these relationships and thus maintain the high standards of Michigan Tech graduate degrees. The public defense of theses, dissertations, reports, projects, and course work should preferably occur on campus. Students in partnered programs may take up to 1/3 of the required course work credits from other universities provided the course plan is approved in advance of course registration.

Master's Partnered Option

A distance option is available in some programs for students who are employees of cooperating industrial, government, and organization partners and who meet admissions requirements. Each agreement is site- and program-specific, particularly with regard to how the student-advisor relationship will be maintained, but all generally involve the following conditions:

  • approval of the site facilities (laboratories, libraries, computer facilities, etc. as appropriate to the program)
  • appointment of a qualified on-site co-advisor to adjunct graduate faculty status
  • periodic visits to the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton at specific mileposts in the degree, e.g., orientation; proposal defense; study weeks; thesis, project, or course work defense

Agreements may also include additional requirements, e.g., Michigan Tech faculty time on site with the student, summer school residency, video-conferences for periodic reviews, etc.

Doctoral Partnered Programs

A distance option is available in some programs for students who have already earned a master's degree; who are employees of cooperating industrial, government, and organization partners; and who meet admissions requirements. Each agreement is site and program specific, particularly with regard to how the student-advisor relationship will be maintained, but all generally involve the following conditions:

  • approval of the site facilities (laboratories, libraries, computer facilities, etc. as appropriate to the program)
  • appointment of a qualified on-site co-advisor to adjunct graduate faculty status
  • all degree exams (qualifiers, preliminaries, comprehensives, and dissertation defense and oral examination) are preferably conducted on the Michigan Tech campus.
  • additional periodic visits to the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton.
  • Michigan Tech advisor will be supported by the partner and will spend substantive time on site at the student's research facility
  • some remote programs require one or more semesters in residence on the Michigan Tech campus, which can be met by enrollment in the full (14-week) summer session.

For more information contact Jacque Smith in the Graduate School at 1.906.487.1434, or via e-mail.