Peace Corps Master's International Programs

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Peace Corps Master's International Programs

Fast Facts

  • Michigan Tech is the nation's largest Peace Corps Master's International university in the United States.
  • Total number of countries where Peace Corps Volunteers have served: 152
  • Michigan Tech has the oldest Peace Corps Master's International Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the nation's first program in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Several programs are open to students with any undergraduate major:  Applied Natural Resource Economics, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture.

Peace Corps Master’s International Programs

Michigan Tech offers ten Peace Corps Master’s International Programs, the most offered by any university in the country. The programs combine academic study with supervised, practical field experience and research.

After completing a program of on-campus academic work, Peace Corps Master's International students serve two years with the Peace Corps. Then they return to Michigan Tech for one additional semester to complete their degree requirements.

Michigan Tech grants Peace Corps tuition status to students in the Peace Corps Master's International Programs. Tuition and fees are paid by Michigan Tech while students are serving in Peace Corps.

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Applied Natural Resource Economics

Open to students with any undergraduate degree who are interested in the use of natural resources. Most students have degrees in engineering or economics, but others are welcome. 

Students serve around the world in the Peace Corps, working on best uses of available natural resources. Projects include market analysis, project evaluation, and economic development. Graduates are prepared for careers in natural resource evaluation and management, government oversight of natural resource use, and natural resource policy analysis.

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Applied Science Education

This program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in any science or engineering field. In the Peace Corps, students may teach math and science classes or may support host country teachers by developing and refining teaching materials and skills.  Students have the option of becoming certified teachers; our alumni have become certified high school and middle school teachers in the US.

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Biological Sciences

This program is open to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree any field of biological science or environmental science/engineering. We prepare individuals to serve in Peace Corps in areas such as natural resource management, science education, and health education. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career paths in industry, government, and academia.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michigan Tech has one of the few Peace Corps Master's International Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or a closely related science. 

Students serve around the world, working on sustainable engineering solutions to public health and community infrastructure needs. Projects include the design, construction, and evaluation of water and sanitation systems and the development of appropriate infrastructure technologies. Our alumni work in a wide variety of institutions, including EPA, USAID, engineering consultants, and non-profits around the world.

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Computer Science

Open to students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related field. In the Peace Corps, students serve in math or science education, getting involved with IT projects in the schools or the community. 

Graduates have mastered fundamental principles of computer science, and students may prepare to work in chosen specialty areas including data analytics, human-computer interaction, software engineering, systems, virtual environments, and visualization for a range of industries, such as Absoft, Barracuda Networks, Ford, Rockwell Collins, QLogic, Signature Research, or Texas Instruments.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

This program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or closely related fields such as computer science, physics, or math. Students serve in the Peace Corps in the areas of math or science education with ample opportunities to develop side projects on solar or wind energy, cell phone technology, or IT-related projects. Graduates are prepared to work in government or private sector engineering jobs.

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Forestry and Natural Resources

This program is open to students with any undergraduate degree and some coursework in college-level chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, or related disciplines. Students serve around the world in the Peace Corps in areas such as community and social forestry, natural resource conservation, protected area management, and environmental education. Our alumni are working in USAID, U.S. Forest Service, and environmental organizations all over the world.

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Mechanical Engineering

Open to students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or physics, this is the first and only program of its kind in the country. Course work can include fluids, thermal systems, dynamic systems, manufacturing, and mechanical design. The program offers the opportunity for classes outside of the department as well.

Peace Corps applications include energy production, heating and cooling systems, water pumping, agricultural machines, and science education. Graduates are prepared for careers in industry, government, social ventures, and non-profits.

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Mitigation of Geological Natural Hazards (Geology)

This program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in geology or a closely related field. While in the Peace Corps, students may help communities and disaster agencies prepare responses to natural disasters, work in environmental education, or address hydrological challenges. 

Alumni from this program work in research and aid agencies in the Federal Government and many are pursuing doctoral degrees. Some graduates work in consulting and private industry.

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Rhetoric, Theory and Culture

Open to students with any undergraduate degree, this program prepares students to teach English and train English teachers at the secondary-school level. It may also be used to prepare students to work in health communication and extension. Graduates are prepared to work in English education and literacy studies, and some may opt to pursue a PhD.

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