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You’re an engineer at heart, but you know you’re meant to do more. You want to use your skills to help others. You have a passion for travel and exploring new cultures. Does this sound like you? If so, combine your interests and find what you were meant to do with Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International program in Civil and Environment Engineering.

Study Locally, Learn Globally

Michigan Tech has the nation’s largest and oldest PCMI program in civil and environmental engineering, and you’ll benefit from that depth of experience. Gain a foundational education from one of the top engineering programs in the country. Then, receive your Peace Corps placement and travel abroad, using your knowledge to serve the people and meet the needs of your host country. See for yourself the problems faced by people from other cultures and countries—and create the solutions needed to solve those problems.

Course Work and Prerequisites


If you do not have an accredited bachelor's degree in engineering, there may be additional coursework requirements.  The M.S. (Civil or Environmental) Engineering degree would be considered the equivalent of an accredited engineering degree (towards eventual professional licensure), and thus you would need to meet the following ABET requirements:

(a) 1 year (32 semester-hours) of college level mathematics and basic sciences appropriate to the discipline (including math through Diff. Eq., calc-based Physics, and college Chem.)

(b) 1.5 years (48 semester-hours) of engineering topics appropriate to the discipline.  These include engineering sciences and engineering design.  The engineering sciences carry basic sciences toward application.  Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired objectives; it is a decision-making process in which the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet stated objectives.

Courses taken for the M.S. degree may be counted in these requirements. These courses might include statics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, water resources engineering, introduction to environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering. 

Please see flowcharts of the B.S. degree programs for an indication of the basic math & science and fundamental engineering courses that meet degree requirements:

Course Schedule

Required core courses

  • CE5999 Master's Research 

  • CE5994 International Civil or Environmental Engineering Practicum
  • CE5993 Field Engineering in the Developing World 

  • FW5770 Rural Community Development Analysis and Planning
  • SS5201 - Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research

Electives—chosen in consultation with an advisor

  • CE3620 Water Resources Engineering or CE3650 Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • CE4620 River and Floodplain Hydraulics

  • CE4640 Stormwater Management and Low Impact Development 

  • CE3810 Soil Mechanics for Engineers

  • CE4820 Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering

  • CE4830 Geosynthetics in Engineering Practice

  • CE5662 Stochastic Hydrology

  • CE5665 Sediment Transport

  • CE5666 - Water Resources Planning and Management 

  • CE5810 Advanced Soil Mechanics

  • CE5820 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

  • CE5830 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

  • CE5850 Earthwork and Stability of Earth Structures

  • ENVE3502 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Analysis

  • ENVE4504 Air Quality Engineering and Science

  • ENVE4505 Surface Water Quality Engineering

  • ENVE5501 Environmental Process Engineering

  • ENVE5502 Biological Treatment Processes

  • ENVE5503 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

  • ENVE5504 Surface Water Quality Modeling

  • ENVE5508 Biogeochemical Processes

  • ENVE5509 Transport and Transformation of Organic Pollutants

  • ENVE5511 Air Quality and the Built Environment

Other 4000/5000 level courses according to interests:

  • GE/UN4050 Remote Sensing Fundamentals
  • GE4160 Introduction to Subsurface
  • GE 4800 Groundwater Engineering

  • GE4810 Groundwater Site Investigation

  • GE5150 Advanced Natural Hazards

  • GE5800 Mathematical Modeling of Earth Systems
  • GE5810 Flow and Transport in Subsurface Systems

  • FW3540 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Management 

  • FW5115 Restoration Ecology

  • FW5221 Advanced Wetland Science

  • FW5230 Ecohydrology

  • FW5550 Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management

  • FW5560 Digital Image Processing: A Remote Sensing Perspective