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?

Applicants to the Graduate School are requested to select at least one area of interest when they apply. 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.  

Coverdell Fellows program applicants must select "Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows" as their first choice in the areas of interest section of their application. All applicants are encouraged to provide additional information about their choice(s) in the required Statement of Purpose.

Options marked with an asterisk (*) are also available to online applicants.

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

Accounting Interest Areas

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

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors Interest Areas

  • 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 Ecology Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Applied Ecology
  • Avian Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Forest Ecology
  • Island Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Mammalian Ecology
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Plant Ecology
  • Tree Physiology Ecology

Applied Natural Resource Economics Interest Areas

  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Mineral Economics
  • Natural Resource Economics

Applied Physics Interest Areas

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

Applied Science Education Interest Areas

  • *Applied Science/Math Education
  • *Teacher Professional Development

Applied Statistics Interest Areas

  • Applied Statistics

Atmospheric Science Interest Areas

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

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Interest Areas

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers
  • Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cancer & MEMS
  • Cellular Identity
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecological & Population Genetics of Trees
  • Evolution & Development of Complex Animal Color Patterns in Drosophila
  • Evolution of Mushroom Poison Resistance in Drosophila
  • Functional Genomics
  • Gene Silencing
  • Genomics
  • Glycobiology
  • Histones & Bromodomains
  • Human Diseases Including Diabetes & Cancer
  • Human Health
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Comparative & Functional Genomics
  • Plant Genetics & Secondary Metabolism
  • Plant & Microbe Interactions
  • Plant Phosphoinositides & Phytases
  • Protein-Aggregation Diseases & Protein Misfolding
  • (Nano) Biomaterials Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials
  • Synthetic Methodologies; Nucleic Acid Chemistry; Antisense Therapeutics
  • Tree Biotechnology
  • Vascular Engineering

Biological Sciences Interest Areas

  • 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 Interest Areas

  • 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 Interest Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Managing Technology

Chemical Engineering Interest Areas

  • Alternative Energy
  • Bio-Based Products
  • Biochemical
  • Biofuels
  • Biosensors
  • Bioseparations
  • Biotransport
  • Chemical Process Safety
  • Composites
  • Electrocatalysts
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Thermodynamics
  • Metals Bioprocessing
  • Medical Microdevices
  • Minerals Processing
  • Nanoindentation
  • Particulate Processes
  • Polymers
  • Process Modeling and Computer Aided Design
  • Reactor Dynamics
  • Separations Technology
  • Surface Science
  • Sustainability
  • Virus Removal and Purification

Chemistry Interest Areas

  • 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 Interest Areas

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

Computational Science and Engineering Interest Areas

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

Computer Engineering Interest Areas

  • 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
  • *Communication & Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Information Theory & Coding
  • Radar
  • 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
  • Infrared 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

Computer Science Interest Areas

  • 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 Interest Areas

  • Trusted Software Engineering
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Network Security Management

Data Science Interest Areas

  • 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 Engineering Interest Areas

  • 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
  • *Communication & Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Information Theory & Coding
  • Radar
  • 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
  • Infrared 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

Engineering Mechanics Interest Areas

  • *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

Environmental and Energy Policy Interest Areas

  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • VISTA
  • Energy Policy
  • Environment and Public Policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainability and Conservation

Environmental Engineering Interest Areas

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

Environmental Engineering PhD Interest Areas

Environmental Engineering Science Interest Areas

Forest Ecology Management Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Fire Ecology
  • Forest Health
  • Forest Vegetation Dynamics
  • Forest Policy
  • Tree Ecophysiology

Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Forest Genetics and Genomics
  • Functional Genomics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Tropical Forest Genetics

Forest Science Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Avian Ecology
  • Biodiversity Policy
  • Biometrics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Forestry
  • Fire Ecology
  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Forest Biometry
  • Forest Health
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations
  • Forest Productivity
  • Forest Vegetation Dynamics
  • Genetics
  • Hydrology
  • Invasive Flora and Fauna
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Policy and Social Science
  • Silviculture
  • Tree Ecophysiology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wood Science
  • Woody Bioenergy

Forestry Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Forestry
  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Forest Biometry
  • Forest Health
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations
  • Forest Productivity
  • Silviculture
  • Wood Science
  • Woody Bioenergy

Geographic Information Science Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Environmental Digital Image Processing
  • Geographical Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Modeling

Geological Engineering Interest Areas

Geology Interest Areas

Geophysics Interest Areas

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences Interest Areas

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

Health Informatics Interest Areas

  • *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

Industrial Archaeology Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Economy and Environment
  • Education/Public Outreach
  • Environmental History
  • Heritage
  • History of Technology
  • Industrial Communities
  • Science and Technology Studies

Industrial Heritage & Archaeology Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Economy and Environment
  • Education/Public Outreach
  • Environmental History
  • Heritage
  • History of Technology
  • Industrial Communities
  • Science and Technology Studies

Integrated Geospatial Technology Interest Areas

  • *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

Integrative Physiology Interest Areas

  • 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

Kinesiology Interest Areas

  • 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

Master of Engineering Interest Areas

Master of Forestry Interest Areas

  • VISTA
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
  • Forestry
  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Forest Biometry
  • Forest Health
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations
  • Forest Policy
  • Forest Productivity
  • Silviculture

Masters in Engineering Management Interest Areas

Materials Science and Engineering Interest Areas

  • Battery Science and Technology
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Computational Materials Sci & Stimulation
  • Corrosion
  • Deformation Processing
  • Device Fabrication
  • Foundry
  • Functional Materials
  • 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 Interest Areas

  • Applied and Computational Math
  • Discrete/Pure Math

Mechanical Engineering Interest Areas

  • *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

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Interest Areas

  • *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

Mechatronics Interest Areas

Mining Engineering Interest Areas

Physics Interest Areas

  • 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 Interest Areas

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

Statistics Interest Areas

  • Statistics