Graduate School Partnered Programs

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 Michigan Tech Online Learning.

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.

Distance learning research-based degrees at both the master's and doctoral level are designed to ensure fidelity of the various relationships typically built by a student who is physically on campus, and thus maintain the high standards of Michigan Tech graduate degrees. The public defense of theses, dissertations, reports, projects, and plan C coursework should preferably occur on campus. Students in partnered programs may take up to 1/3 of the required coursework 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 coursework 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 by email or telephone at 906-487-1434.