- Michigan Tech began their partnership with the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) VISTA Teams in 2012.
- Accepted students will participate in one year of VISTA service at a location in the United States coordinated by either the Western Hardrock Watershed Team or Appalachian Coal Country Team.
- Upon completion of the program students can earn a master's degree in either Biological Sciences, Environmental Policy, Forestry, or Industrial Archaeology.
OSM/VISTA Master's Programs
Michigan Tech offers four OSM/VISTA Graduate Programs. The programs combine academic study with supervised, practical field experience and research.
After completing a program of on-campus academic work and a short VISTA pre-service orientation, OSM/VISTA students then serve one year of VISTA service. After completing their year of service, students return to Michigan Tech for one additional semester to complete their degree requirements.
Michigan Tech grants OSM/VISTA tuition status to students in the OSM/VISTA Graduate Programs. Tuition and fees are paid by Michigan Tech while students are serving in VISTA.
Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA Biological Sciences program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The Thesis Option is intended for students who intend to conduct original scientific research in the course of their OSM/VISTA program.
Students interested in pursuing the OSM/VISTA Environmental Policy program can elect to complete their MS degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option. The student's faculty advisor will determine core courses required prior to OSM/VISTA service.
Students interested in the OSM/VISTA Forestry program can pursue either a Master of Science or Master of Forestry degree.
Core courses required for the degree prior to OSM/VISTA service will be determined with the approval of the student's faculty advisor. Students have the option of pursuing their degree through the Thesis Option, Report Option, or Course work Option.
The OSM/VISTA Industrial Archaeology program requires a minimum of 38 credit hours. Students can choose to pursue the degree through either a Thesis Option or Report Option.