Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan 49931
Michigan Tech was founded in 1885 as the Michigan Mining School to serve the nation's first major mining enterprises focused on copper and iron. Several name changes tracked the growth and diversification of the institution, and it was named Michigan Technological University in 1964. Today, the University offers a full range of associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the sciences, engineering, forestry, business, communication, and technology. MTU has been rated one of the nation's "Top Ten" best buys for science and technology by U.S. News & World Report.
The University is located in Houghton, next to Portage Lake, in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior. Forests, parks, and clean lakes and streams make the area ideal for outdoor activities. A waterfront jogging and biking trail cuts through campus.
Houghton is located about a 4-hours' drive time from Green Bay, 7 hours from Minneapolis, and 10 hours from Detroit. The Houghton County Memorial Airport has daily flights to Minneapolis that connect to other major cities and bus service to Houghton is also available.
Programs of study
The University offers graduate instruction in many branches of engineering, science, and related technological and business fields. M.S. degree programs are available in applied science education, biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, environmental engineering science, environmental policy, forestry, geological engineering, geology, geophysics, industrial archaeology, materials sciences and engineering, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering, mineral economics, physics, and rhetoric and technical communication. The Ph.D. degree is offered in biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, forest molecular genetics and biotechnology, forest science, geological engineering, geology, materials science and engineering, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, physics, rhetoric and technical communication, and other nondepartmental engineering areas (computational science and environmental). The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering also offer an M.S. program in cooperation with the Peace Corps. The College of of Engineering recently initiated a Master of Engineering degree program.
Facilities & Resources
The J. Robert Van Pelt Library provides books, periodicals, microfiche/film, and access to electronic information to complement instructional and research needs. Access to library resources is through the automated system, Voyager. The library contains more than 780,000 volumes, including government documents, and receives more than 10,000 serials and periodicals. The collection is particularly strong in the physical and natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Individual departments maintain networked labs of PCs, Sun Workstations, or other specialized computational or visualization systems tailored to their research needs. In addition to departmental facilities, campuswide computer and network services are offered by Informational Technology (IT). The campus network is connected to the Internet, allowing virtually all faculty and graduate students easy access to all network and information services from the desktop.
All departments at Michigan Tech have the laboratories and equipment needed for graduate study, as well as access to many other facilities, such as those of the National Park Service Cooperative Studies Unit, the Forestry Sciences Laboratory (USDA, Forest Service), the Remote Sensing Institute, the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing, and the Keweenaw Research Center.
Expenses and Aid
Costs: Full-time resident graduate students tuition is $4,688 per semester for up to 12 credits.
Financial Aid: Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available.Department fellowships are available to outstanding students each year, along with a number of industrial fellowships.
Housing/Living Expenses: The University maintains student housing and dormitory accommodations nearby. The rates are $554 per month for a one-bedroom family apartment and $693 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. Private rooms and apartments are also available nearby. The cost of living is moderate.
How to Apply / Application
Application materials may be requested from the department via mail or e-mail (addresses listed below); online applications are also accepted through the University Web site at http://www.mtu.edu/apply/. Study may begin in August, January, or June. Applications should be submitted eight months before the expected start date to receive full consideration for support. All applicants must take the GRE General Test, and applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. Successful applicants should have a cumulative GRE score greater than 1900 and, if required, a TOEFL score greater than 600. As a guideline for domestic students, GPAs greater than 3.0 and 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) are expected for admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, respectively.
Who to Contact
|Office of the Graduate School
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan 49931
The administrative officers of the Graduate School and of the departments responsible for programs leading to graduate degrees are listed below:
Department of Biological Sciences: John H. Adler, Ph.D., Chair.
School of Business and Engineering Administration: Keith W. Lantz, Ph.D., Dean.
Department of Chemical Engineering: Michael E. Mullins, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Chemistry: Pushpalatha P. Murthy, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: C. Robert Baillod, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Computer Science: Linda Ott, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Timothy J. Schulz, D.Sc., Chair.
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: Glenn D. Mroz, Ph.D., Dean.
Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences: Theodore J. Bornhorst, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Humanities: Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering: Mark R. Plichta, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Mathematical Sciences: A. H. Baartmans, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics: W. W. Predebon, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Physics: Ravindra Pandey, Ph.D., Chair.
Department of Social Science (Environmental Policy and Industrial Archaeology): Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D., Chair.
Computational Science and Engineering: Phillip R. Merkey, Ph.D., Chair.
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