Masters Programs

Masters Programs

Michigan Technological University

The Program

Participants are required to meet the admissions requirements for one of the participating Masters of Science (MS) programs and be accepted into a participating MS degree programs.

The OSMRE/VISTA - Michigan Technological University Master’s Program operates as follows:

Participants will complete one year of service with the OSMRE/VISTA Team. Upon first-year completion and contingent upon acceptance to a MS degree program, the participant will attend Michigan Tech for one academic year. In some cases, based on the prior academic background of the student, additional time on campus may be required.

Following the year of study at Michigan Tech, the participant will then complete a second year of service with the OSMRE/VISTA Team at a site addressing the participant's academic area of study (dependent upon availability). After the second year of service, the participant will return to Michigan Tech for one semester to complete his/her MS degree.

Education awards earned from the two years of service will closely match tuition. Participants will also be eligible for scholarships and financial assistance. Michigan Tech will pay the participant's tuition during service with the OSMRE/VISTA Team.

Areas of Study

Participants will apply to one of the following MS degree programs:

Master of Science in Forestry
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Master of Science in Geology
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Policy
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

For more information, visit the MTU website at or contact Blair Orr,

Western State Colorado University

The Program

Students interested in this program must meet the admission requirements for the participating Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) degree programs, and be accepted into one of the programs. Additionally, students should meet the requirements of the DOI/VISTA Team. Participants will complete the core requirements for MEM before or during their VISTA term. The program enables VISTAs to complete a Master's degree through a combination of online and on-campus coursework.

Areas of Study

MEM Integrative Land Management Track
MEM Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

National Service Fellowships

Western State Colorado University seeks to honor those individuals who have either completed their national service or are actively embarking on service opportunities in the Peace Corps, VISTA AmeriCorps or the military.

MEM Service Graduate Fellows who are residential students will work with the graduate program director to bring their life experience to service and leadership projects within the University and local community.

Please contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer with questions.

For more information, visit the Western State Colorado University website at or contact Dr. John Hausdoerffer,

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Join Community Stewards as a VISTA:

  • Work with a community based nonprofit
  • Receive a Living Stipend & Ed Award
  • Get professional nonprofit training

Join Environmental Stewards as an AmeriCorps Member:

  • Work with a land-management agency
  • Receive a Living Stipend & Ed Award
  • Serve for 8-10 weeks or a full-year