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Why Peace Corps Master's International at Michigan Technological University?


Tech’s PCMI program is the largest in the country, and with ten PCMI programs to choose from, there’s a perfect fit for your studies and your service.


Our coordinators aren’t just academics; they’ve been out there, worked and served around the world, and understand on-the-ground models and challenges for community development.


There are classes across all departments and disciplines to support your Peace Corps studies. All students enroll in Community Planning and Analysis (FW5770) and Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research (SS5201), courses focused explicitly on preparing you for Peace Corps. We’re here to help you get there.


Tuition is reduced for PCMI students by about 35% while you are on campus. During your Peace Corps service, you will be enrolled as a full-time graduate student and Tech picks up the tab. Some departments can offer additional funding opportunities as well.


Every month, fellow PCMI students, returned volunteers, and others gather to socialize and discuss their experiences. Learn what you need to know—the nitty-gritty—before you get there. Michigan Tech also has a wide range of international interest groups which many PCMI students join.


When Peace Corps released an anthology of reports and theses by Peace Corps Master’s International students across the nation, more than two-thirds of the projects were from Michigan Tech students.

You will survive Peace Corps

Nationwide, about one in three Peace Corps volunteers does not complete a full two years of Peace Corps service. However, in over fifteen years of running Peace Corps programs at Michigan Tech our rate of students who do not complete Peace Corps service is about 3 percent. Why are our students so successful? It is a combination of factors. You will be prepared for Peace Corps service. You will have a skill that is needed in your community. You will be ready for those low points that happen to everybody. You will know community development techniques. You will have the support of experienced faculty. 

A great location

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, on the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula. With the amenities that come with a mid-size university, Houghton still has the feel of a small town. Tech's Rozsa Center and the nearby historic Calumet Theater host a range of events, and the low cost of living makes the Keweenaw a haven for artists. For the active type, the University owns its own golf course, downhill and snowboard ski slopes, and the finest collegiate cross-country ski trails in the nation. Tech Trails provides superb mountain biking, and in addition to other trail systems in the area, nearby Copper Harbor is a silver level IMBA ride center, putting it among the top five trail systems in the world. The Park Service ferry to Isle Royale National Park—the least visited national park in the nation—leaves from downtown Houghton. With miles of Lake Superior shore to explore, there is plenty to do on its cold, clear water.

We don't have the big city lights of San Francisco, Paris, or Quito—that isn’t what makes the Keweenaw special, nor is it the setting Peace Corps volunteers find themselves in. If that is what you need, Peace Corps may not be for you!

Along the Lake Superior shoreline