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Mitigation of Geological Natural Hazards

Natural disasters are, by definition, large and disruptive. And for those who are economically, politically, educationally, or technologically disadvantaged, they can be absolutely devastating.

With Michigan Tech’s interdisciplinary Peace Corps Master’s International program in Natural Hazards Mitigation/Geology, you’ll learn how to lessen the effects of disasters for disadvantaged populations. Areas of focus include volcanic hazards, slope stabilities, landslides, debris flows, droughts, and floods—and their impact on community development, transportation, health, sanitation, and water quality.

Study Locally, Learn Globally

Michigan Tech’s program is truly one of a kind: we have the nation’s first and only PCMI program focusing on the mitigation of natural geological hazards. We’ll give you the foundational education and research skills you need. 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



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Competency in geosciences, possibly including geophysics, natural hazards, hydrogeology or hydrology, and field geology. Students lacking this background can take upper-level and graduate courses to fulfill this requirement with advisor approval.

Course Schedule

Our 30-credit program is interdisciplinary in nature and designed to accommodate students from a wide variety of backgrounds and research areas.

Required core courses

  • GE5994 International Geological Practicum
  • GE5001 Intercultural Natural Hazards Communication in Latin America
  • FW5770 Rural Community Development and Planning Analysis
  • SS5201 Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research
  • Minimum 2 credits research directly related to your Peace Corps assignment

The remainder of your graduate course work (16 credits) will be in areas related to your professional interests. These classes are meant to prepare you for volunteer assignments and research, and selection will be done under the direction of your graduate committee. Visit the department courses page to get an idea of the courses available (although this list is departmental courses, students are allowed and encouraged to take courses from other departments). You can also apply up to 2 credits of a language (French or Spanish) to your degree.