Graduate School News

By Graduate School


Master's degree students after hooding in December 2018 graduation, where the 10,000th graduate degree was awarded.

10,000 Graduate Degrees


I’m confident that among the upcoming and future graduate alumni, including the 10,000th graduate degree recipient, we will continue to find the leaders the world needs to create a strong, productive and inclusive future. -  Pushpa Murthy, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost

The first graduate students were on campus in 1889, just four years after Michigan Tech (then called the Michigan Mining School) was established. Our first two master’s degrees were awarded in 1927 to Jack L. Byers and Corbin T. Eddy. The first two doctorates were granted in 1934 to Roy W. Drier and Corbin T. Eddy. The first female graduate student at Michigan Tech was Margaret R. Holly who entered the MS degree program in Chemistry in 1935. In July, 1950, the Board of Control approved the creation of the Graduate School, and in 1960, physicist Donald Yerg became the first dean. Since that time, our Graduate School has achieved many milestones and we celebrated a big one this year: we awarded our 10,000th degree.

New Programs This Fall

The graduate school has added three new programs that address and prepare our students for current and future trends in industry. Graduate students in Applied Statistics will focus on utilizing statistical theory and methods to address the practical problems of an evolving society. This program is also offered online. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary program that will fill the need for applied researchers and entrepreneurs to revitalize the US and global economies in advanced manufacturing and automation. Students who complete the graduate certificate in Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems will be able to analyze and synthesize safe and secure cyber-physical systems and effectively work at the intersection of cybersecurity and safety of autonomous systems. These programs are currently enrolling students for the Fall 2019.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Last Modified 11:23 AM, March 9, 2020