Prospective Students Resources

Thank you for your interest in Michigan Technological University's Graduate School. We are a premier research university of international stature, delivering education, new knowledge, and innovation to meet the needs of our technological world. Michigan Tech graduates have the skills and knowledge that allow them to create the future and change the world.

Below, you will find information and resources that will help you as you apply to Michigan Tech. You can also contact the Graduate School staff directly if you have a specific question that you need answered.

How do I apply?

Online Application
Complete our online application. Detailed instructions about our application process can be found on our How to Apply website.

Application Requirements
As part of the Graduate School application process, you are required to complete a statement of purpose and provide specific areas of interest that you have in association with your intended program. We encourage you to review the research interests of Michigan Tech faculty before writing your statement of purpose.

Degree Program Pages
Each program has different application requirements. Make sure you visit the degree program’s website to verify what materials you will need to submit.

You will receive access (by email) to a personalized MyMichiganTech website within a week of submitting your online application. MyMichiganTech allows you to

  • check the status of your application,
  • upload your required application materials,
  • request electronic letters of recommendation, and
  • verify your contact information.

Admissions FAQs
Visit our Admissions FAQs for help with a question.

What programs are offered?

Degree Programs
We offer graduate degree programs in each of our colleges and schools on campus, as well as interdisciplinary degrees.

Certificate Programs
Graduate certificates can be pursued alone or in conjunction with a graduate degree.

How do I find out more about coursework and research?

Course Schedules | Graduate Course Descriptions
Learn more about our course offerings by viewing upcoming course schedules or our current graduate course descriptions.

Master's programs are offered as coursework only or with a research (report and/or thesis) option.

Graduate Faculty Locator
Search for faculty members in your intended program of study or by research interest.

Research Centers and Institutes
Learn more about the research centers and institutes on campus.

How much will my education cost and what type of funding is available?

Cost of Education
Every effort is made to maintain high academic standards and adequate living facilities at the lowest possible cost to you. Educational expenses for nine months will vary according to your personal needs, program, and degree.

Graduate Assistantships
All funding decisions are made by your program of study and are independent of admissions decisions. You are not required to submit an additional application to be considered for graduate assistantships unless otherwise stated in your program's admission requirements. Assistantships include a stipend and a proportional amount of tuition and academic fees for full-time enrollment.

External Funding Opportunities
The Graduate School will post any other funding opportunities that we are notified about on this website or on our External Funding Announcements blog.

National Service Graduate Fellowships
National Service Graduate Fellowships are awarded to all retired or active military personnel and those who have completed their terms of service in AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.

Veteran Education Benefits
Michigan Tech maintains a full-time Veteran Services Office to assist students with processing VA benefits and to provide our veterans with other services.

Financial Aid Resources
The Financial Aid Office provides an extensive list of resources to aid students in finding additional funding opportunities.

How do I find more information about the Michigan Tech campus and the community?

Experience Tech!
As a Michigan Tech student, you will have access to all of our campus facilities and events, including the Mont Ripley Ski Hill, Gates Tennis Center, Portage Lake Golf Course, visual and performing arts department events, NCAA Division I hockey games, and all of our other Division II sporting events.

Housing (On Campus | Off Campus)
Students interested in living on campus should apply early, as graduate student housing fills quickly.

How to get involved on campus:
Graduate Student Government | Student Life | Student Activities | Student Organizations

Explore our local community:
Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau | Houghton | Hancock

Getting to Michigan Tech
Contact our office if you would like to schedule a campus visit.

International Students: Additional Information

Tuition Costs

The Michigan Tech Graduate School has one tuition rate—international students do not pay an “out-of-state” rate. Academic year tuition and fees are provided on our Cost of Education website.

International Application

If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States and would like to apply to a graduate program, you should complete our online International Graduate Application. International students cannot pursue a graduate certificate on campus unless they are also pursuing a graduate degree.

Visa Requirement

International applicants must also provide proof of English proficiency. We accept both TOEFL and IELTS test results.

If you hold citizenship from and/or attended post-secondary school in a country where the primary language is English, you may request a waiver by e-mailing the Graduate School.

Receiving Immigration Documents

An I-20 or a DS-2019 will be authorized by Michigan Tech once a student has been accepted to a degree program and we have proof of funding documents on file. We encourage students to complete and upload their Certification of Finances Form and official supporting documents when completing their application, but it is not required.

We partner with eShipGlobal to send immigration documents to students upon request. To request express shipping,

  1. create an account with eShip Global;
  2. request your shipment by choosing the "Receive" option with your account; and
  3. provide your Michigan Tech ID (M-number), mailing address, email address, phone number, and credit-card information.

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Kaitlyn Bunker

Kaitlyn Bunker

PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering (2014)

Kaitlyn is currently working towards a PhD at Michigan Tech. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research goals are to enhance the technology used to control variable speed wind turbines and power electronics interfaces. Kaitlyn is focusing on creating solutions to challenges so that the clean, efficient energy in the wind can be used to generate more of our electricity.

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Amberlee S. Haselhuhn

Amberlee S. Haselhuhn

PhD Candidate, Materials Science & Engineering (Spring 2015)
Hometown: East Jordan, MI

Amberlee Haselhuhn received a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering and a BS degree in biomedical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2011. Advised by Dr. Paul Sanders, she is currently working to earn a PhD at Michigan Technological University in materials science and engineering. Her overall research goal is to understand mechanisms responsible for the stabilization of metallic foams and to manipulate this information to produce metallic foams with elongated pore formations that are stabilized with functional self-assembling colloidal particles. Her work is funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant number NNX10AV37G.

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Melanie L. Talaga

Melanie L. Talaga

PhD Candidate, Chemistry (Fall 2015)
Hometown: Negaunee, MI

Melanie Talaga received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May of 2011. She is currently working towards her PhD at Michigan Technological University, under the supervision of Dr. Tarun K. Dam. Her doctoral research studies glycobiology, which is an exciting new field at the forefront of biochemistry. Glycobiology deals with the structures, biosynthesis and activities of . . .

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Michael Premer

Michael Premer

PhD Candidate, Forest Science (Fall 2014)
Hometown: Shelby, MI

Michael Premer received a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009 and a Master of Forestry from Michigan Technological University in 2011. He is currently working towards a PhD at Michigan Technological University in Forest Science, co-advised by Dr. Robert Froese and Dr. Linda Nagel. His overall research goal is to assess forest ecosystem response to increased biomass utilization destined for biofuel production, in addition to the removal of merchantable timber products. This study seeks to evaluate the viability of woody biomass as an alternative feed stock while maximizing forest carbon sequestration potential and long-term forest productivity. This project is funded by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and Plum Creek Timber Company.

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Octave Du Temple

Dr. Octave Du Temple

'48, '49, '96

Octave Du Temple, a native of the Copper Country, received bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1948 and 1949. His studies were interrupted by military service during World War II, when he taught flying and navigation. He also studied at Northwestern University, where he earned a master's degree in business administration in 1955.

Du Temple worked at the Argonne National Laboratory for several years, and in 1958 he was appointed executive director of . . .

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Brenda Helminen

'83, '88

After graduating in 1983 with a BS in Computer Science, Brenda Helminen began her career as a programmer with IBM Corporation in Rochester, MN.  She returned to the Copper Country later that year to work for the Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech.  While working, she completed her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1988.  She continued her career  with the University as a Senior Systems Programmer in the Center for Experimental Computation followed by a . . .

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Hayrynen, Kathy

Kathy L. Hayrynen

'93, '89, '86

Technical Director
Applied Process, Inc.
AP Technologies Division
BS EMY 1986, MS EMY 1989, PhD EMY 1993

Graduated with BS, MS, & PhD in Metallurgical Engineering in 1986, 1989, and 1993, respectively. Presently Technical Director at Applied Process, Inc., in Livonia, Michigan. Applied Process has been a technology leader in the heat treating industry since 1978. AP and its affiliated companies use properly applied Austempering technologies to solve tough engineering problems.

Current member of department’s External Advisory Board and contributes to MY4130 Principles of Metal . . .

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Donald Daavettila

Donald Daavettila

'56, '58

Don Daavettila earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in engineering physics from Michigan Tech in 1956 and 1958 respectively. He was named professor emeritus of physics in 2000.

Daavettila began his career as a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory for more than five years. He then became a nuclear test engineer at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Plant in Monroe, Michigan, before joining Michigan Tech's nuclear engineering program in 1964. He became an assistant professor in the . . .

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Richard J. Robbins

Richard J. Robbins

'56, '96

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Atlas-Copco Robbins, Inc.

Richard J. Robbins graduated from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1956 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since 1958, Dick has been a major contributor and a prominent influence in the mining and tunneling industry.

In 1958, Dick joined The Robbins Company—established by his father, James S. Robbins, a 1933 MCM&T mining engineering graduate. The Robbins Company has prospered and employs over 330 workers worldwide. The Robbins Co. became part of the . . .

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Dianne M Marsh

'86, '92

Dianne Marsh earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech in 1986 and a master’s degree in 1992.

Dianne started her career in 1987 as a Software Engineer for LECO Corporation in Michigan and then worked for AEG-Mictron and Candid Logic before returning to Michigan Tech to earn her master’s degree.  

From 1992 to 2000 she worked for several different companies as a Software Engineer, Independent Consultant and Technical Lead/Software Architect before realizing her dream of starting her own . . .

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Tom Irwin

Tom R. Irwin

'63, '66

Throughout his career, Tom Irwin has used his Michigan Tech degrees to the utmost. He believes luck is preparation and opportunity and “Mich Tech excelled at the preparation, academically and in a very congenial environment”.

As president of Hodgkiss and Douma (H&D) Construction Company of Petoskey, H&D’s emphasis was highway construction, major recreation projects, developments and aggregate production. His 27 year career at H&D began after working with Sivier Construction in Detroit, D&L Contracting in Traverse Cityand Dow Chemical in Midland.

His dedication to Michigan Tech runs long and deep, . . .

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Randall Isaacson

Randall E Isaacson

'88, '86

Randall E. Isaacson graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1986 with a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 1988. His master's thesis studied language patterns in small group communication during simulated scientific problem solving.

He began his career as a medical copywriter at Roche Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey, and later joined VICOM/FCB, a medical advertising agency in New York. After moving to Chicago in 1990, Randy worked as a copy . . .

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John Uhrie

Dr. John Uhrie

'91, '96

John Uhrie holds a BS in geological engineering and a PhD in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Tech. He also earned an MS in geology from the University of Wyoming.

After earning his PhD, he joined Phelps Dodge Mining Company (now Freeport McMoRan) in the newly formed Process Technology Center. In that industrial R&D role, he developed new bio heap and tank leaching technologies. Many of these flow sheets are now standard practice throughout the corporation. He has since operated . . .

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy PhD

'90, '92, '96

Starting Companies Comes Naturally to Alum

“I used to fish at Cole’s Creek,” says Brian Murphy ’90 ’92 ‘96. “I’d eat half my sandwich on the way out there, fish for thirty minutes, and finish my sandwich on the way back to my lab to continue my research.”

That mix of nature and technology forms the core of Murphy’s environmentally focused career. The Tech grad first worked for large companies before starting a number of his own ventures. With his former boss and mentor . . .

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Allan M. Johnson

Allan M. Johnson

'67, '65

Al Johnson received an Associate Engineering Degree from Muskegon Community College before being drafted into the U.S. Army. While in the army, he became a Master rifleman and won two legs towards a Distinguished Riflemans Badge, the highest honor for a rifleman.

After his honorable discharge, he attended Michigan Tech and graduated with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1965, an M.S. in Geological Engineering in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Geology in 1971. Beginning part time as a . . .