Graduate School

Areas of Interest

Graduate school lets you pursue your interests in more depth. Our 70+ programs offer hundreds of specific areas of interest. What classes interested you as an undergraduate? What fields will get you noticed in the job market? Do you want your study to be more theoretical or practical?

Use the dropdown below to explore academic and research topics, listed by program. The results reflect current Michigan Tech faculty research and will aid in matching you to the appropriate program.  Options marked with an asterisk (*) are also available to online applicants.

When You Apply

  • select up to three areas of Interest in the online application

    • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program applicants must select this area as their first choice.

  • provide additional information about preference(s) when writing your Student Statements.

Areas of interest will be shown here once you select a program.

Accounting

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Applied Natural Resource Economics

Energy Economics
Environmental Economics
Mineral Economics
Natural Resource Economics

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors

Applied Ethics
Attention
Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making
Experimental Philosophy
Human-Centered Design
Cognitive Modeling
Individual Differences in Human Performance
Physical Ergonomics
STEM Education

Applied Science Education

*Applied Science/Math Education
*Teacher Professional Development

Atmospheric Science

Aerosols and Clouds
Atmospheric-Surface Exchange
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Modeling
Atmospheric Physics
Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Biotechnology
Conservation Genetics
Genomics
Human Health
Molecular Genetics
Phytoremediation
Plant Biology

Biological Sciences

VISTA
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Ecology & Evolution
Algal Biology
Applied Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
Biogeochemistry
Biological Oceanography
Bioremediation
Climate Change
Community Ecology
Community Genetics
Conservation Biology
Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Ecotoxicology
Fish Biology
Great Lakes Systems
Invasive Species
LiDAR Remote Sensing
Limnology
Native Species
Nutrient Cycling
Plant Ecology
Plant Sciences
Plant Evolution
Remote Sensing
Restoration
Stream Ecology
Tropical Island Biology
Watershed Science
Human Health
Diabetes and Obesity
Gender & Cardiovascular Physiology
Human Pathophysiology
Human Physiology
Medical Lab Management
Mindful Mediation
Neural Control & Autonomic Regulation
Vaccine Production
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Biochemistry
Bioenergy
Biofuels
Bioinformatics
Cell Biology
Deepwater Oil Cleaning
Developmental Biology
Evolutionary Genetics
Gene Silencing
Genetics
Gemone Editing
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Phytoremediation
Plant/Microbe Interactions
Toxicology

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Instrumentation
Biomedical Optics
Biomedical Ultrasound
Biosensors
Image and Signal Processing
Implantable Devices
Optical Imaging
Wireless Sensor Technologies
Lasers in Medical Applications
Tissue Engineering
Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
Cell Sheet Engineering
Stem Cell Therapy
Biomaterials
Biointerface
Biomimetic Materials
Polymeric Biomaterials
Tissue Adhesive
Biomechanics
Biomechanical Engineering
Cell and Tissue Mechanics
Computational Biomechanics
Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems

Business Administration

Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Managing Technology

Chemical Engineering

Alternative Energy
Advanced Process Control/Computer Applications
Bio-Based Products
Biochemical
Biofuels
Bioinformatics
Biosensors
Bioseparations
Biotransport
Chemical Process Safety
Composites
Electrocatalysts
Electrokinetics
Environmental
Environmental Thermodynamics
Fire Protection
Fuel Cells
Metals Bioprocessing
Medical Microdevices
Minerals Processing
Modeling
Nanoindentation
Particulate Processes
Polymer Rheology
Polymers
Reactor Dynamics
Separations Technology
Surface Science
Sustainability
Virus Removal and Purification
Water Distribution

Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry
Biochemistry
Chemical Synthesis
Environmental Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Nanotechnology (Nano)
Organic Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Theoretical/Computational Chemistry

Civil Engineering

VISTA
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Geotechnical
Infrastructure
*Structural
Transportation
Water Resources

Computational Science and Engineering

Bioinformatics
Computational Chemistry
Energy Efficiency
Environmental Studies
Molecular Dynamics
National Defense
Weather Forecasting

Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence
Computer Architecture
Computer Graphics
Computer Security
Distributed Systems
Embedded Systems
Fault Tolerance
Human-Computer Interaction
Large-Scale Data Analysis and Vizualization
Machine Learning
Multimedia Systems
Parallel Computing
Software Measurement
Software Requirements
Virtual Execution Environments
Virtual Reality

Cybersecurity

Trusted Software Engineering
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Network Security Management

Data Science

Bioinformatics
Big Data
Sensor Networks
Geographical Information Systems
Biometrics
Managing Technology
Remote Sensing
Large-Scale Data Analysis
Applied Math
Statistics
Computational Physics
Applied Ecology
Geospatial Intelligence
Health and Information Science
Biogeochemistry
GI Science and Geoinformatics
Environmental
Innovation

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Embedded Computing
Fault-Tolerance
Parallel Processing
Robotics
Controls
Aircraft Control
Automatic Control
Hardware Control & Automation
Linear Systems
Communications
*Communication Theory
Digital Signal Processing
Information Theory and Coding
Radar
*Signal & Image Processing
Statistical Signal Processing
Telecommunications
Wireless
Electromagnetics
Antennas
Metamaterials
Microwave Devices
Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Networking
Communication Networks
Information Networks
Sensor Networks
Underwater Acoustic
Optics
Biomedical Engineering
Electronics in Medical Devices
Image Processing
Infared Detection
Lasers
Medical Robotics
Optical Signal Processing
Photonics
Microelectronics
Electronic Design Automation
Nano
Nanotechnology
Solid State Electronics
VLSI
*Power
*Alternative Energy
*Control Center Framework
*Electric Vehicle
*Energy
*Energy Storage
*Microgrids
*Power Distribution
*Power Electronics
*Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity Future
*Power Systems
*Renewable Energy
*Smart Grids
*Solar Energy
*Wind Power

Environmental Engineering

VISTA
Environmental Engineering (PhD)
Environmental Engineering Sciences(PhD)
Air Quality
Subsurface Remediation
Surface Water Quality
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Water Resources

Environmental and Energy Policy

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
VISTA
Economy and Environment
Energy Policy
Environment and Public Policy
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Water Resources Management
Sustainability Assessment
Sustainability and Conservation

Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

VISTA
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Ecology
Applied Ecology
Avian Ecology
Forest Ecology
Island Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Mammalian Ecology
Nutrient Cycling
Plant Ecology
Stable Isotopes in Ecology
Tree Physiology Ecology
Master of Forestry
Forestry
Fire Ecology
Forest Biomaterials
Forest Biometry
Forest Health
Forest Managment
Forest Operations
Forest Productivity
Forest Vegetation Dynamics
Silviculture
Tree Ecophysiology
Wood Science
Woody Bioenergy
Master of GIS
Digital Image Processing
Geographical Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Spatial Modeling
Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
Conservation Genetics
Ecological Genetics
Forest Genetics and Genomics
Functional Genomics
Genetics
Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Population Genetics
Tropical Forest Genetics
Natural Resources
Biometrics
Climate Change
Conservation Biology
Hydrology
Invasive Plants
Invasive Species
Natural Resource Policy
Soil Science
Sustainability
Wetlands
Wildlife Biology
Environmental Ethics
Predator-Prey Relationships
Policy and Social Science
Biodiversity Policy
Climate Change Policy
Energy Policy
Forest Policy

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

INVOGE
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Atmospheric Sciences
Geotechnical/Geomechanics
Geoscience Education
Earthquake Geology/ Volcano Seismology
Economic Geology/ Petrology/Geochemistry
Geomorphology
Glaciology
Groundwater/Hydrology
Karst Hydrology & Geology
Mineralogy
Mining Engineering
Natural Hazard Mitigation
Oceanography/Limnology
Paleomagnetism/ Rock & Mineral Magnetism
Petroleum Geology & Geophysics
Petrology
Remote Sensing
Sedimentology / Stratigraphy
Volcanology

Industrial Archaeology/Industrial Heritage & Arch.

VISTA
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Adaptive Reuse
Analytical Chemistry
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architectural History
Biogeochemistry
Brownfields
Cultural Resource Management
Economy and Environment
Education/Public Outreach
Energy
Environmental Chemistry
Geotechnical
Heritage Tourism
History of Technology
Industrial Communities
Infrared Detection
Near-Surface Geophysics
Remote Sensing
Structural Engineering
Sustainability and Conservation
Technology Studies

Integrated Geospatial Technology

*Earth Observation Systems and Remote Sensing
*Geodesy and Geodetic Sciences
*Geoinformatics
*Geospatial Intelligence
*GIScience and Geoinformatics
*Geospatial Visualization and Cartography
*Photogrammetry and Geospatial Imaging
*Surveying

Kinesiology/Integrative Physiology

Research Option
Exercise and Stress Physiology
Neural Control of Circulation
Biomechanics of Human Movement
Muscular Fatigue in Humans
Pedagogical Approaches in Kinesiology
Coursework Option
Strength and Conditioning
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Health and Fitness

Materials Science and Engineering

Battery Science and Technology
Biomaterials
Ceramic Engineering
Cold Work
Computational Materials Sci & Stimulation
Deformation Processing
Device Fabrication
Foundry
Functional Materials
Hot Work
Hydrogen Storage
Iron and Steel Metallurgy
Light Metal Alloy Design
Magneto-Optic Materials
Metal Casting
Nonferrous Metallurgy
Photovoltaic Devices
Photovoltaic Materials
Physical Metallurgy
Powder Processing
Reclamation
Recycling
Solar Cells
Solidification
Thermoelectric Materials

Mathematical Sciences

Applied and Computational Math
Statistics
Discrete/Pure Math

Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics

*Design and Dynamic Systems
*Autonomous Systems
*Controls
*Intelligent Systems
*Noise, Vibration, Harshness
Robotics and Mechatronics
Simulation
*Energy and Thermo-Fluids
*Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy
*Advanced Power Systems
*Combustion
*Fluid Dynamics including CFD
*Fuel Cells
*Heat Transfer
*Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Systems
*Internal Combustion Engines
*Multiphase Flow
*Solid Mechanics
Analytical Solid Mechanics
*Biomechanics
Composite Materials
*Computational Mechanics
*Mechanics of Multiscale Materials
*Molecular Dynamics Modeling
*Manufacturing and Industrial
*Lean Manufacturing
*Manufacturing Processes
MEMS
(Nano) Biomaterials Manufacturing
*Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
*Optimization
*Quality Engineering
*Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

Medical Informatics

*Electronic Health Records
*Health Information Management
*Health Information Systems
*Imaging Informatics
*Medical Decision Support Systems
*Medical Image Processing
*Medical Sciences & Management
*Mobile Applications in Health
*Population Health
*Healthcare Cybersecurity
*Telemedicine and e-Health

Physics/Applied Physics

Astrophysics
Atmospheric Physics
Computational Physics (Quantum,Statistical, Biological)
Atomic & Molecular Physics – Theory
Atomic & Molecular Physics –Experimental
Photonics and Quantum Optics
Materials Physics – Experimental

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture

Communication
Composition
Cultural Theory
Literacy
New/Emergent Media
Rhetoric
Science and Technology Studies
Technical Communication