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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, MS


Contact Information

Long Zhao
Assistant Professor/Edwin E Clark Professor
Electrical Engineering/Physics 317
Phone: (605) 394-6861
Email: Long.Zhao@sdsmt.edu

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Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

MS in Electrical Engineering

The MS in Electrical Engineering is offered with a thesis option and a non-thesis option (coursework only or including a project).

SD Mines students admitted to the Accelerated MS option may apply up to 12 credits of 400/500/600 level courses taken as an undergraduate to both the BS and MS degrees.

Degree requirements for thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 2-4 credits
Research requirements: 6-12 credits
Elective requirements: 14-22 credits
Total credits: 30

A minimum of 15 credits of the 30 required must be taken at the 600 level or above. Exceptions must be approved by the dean of graduate education.

Core requirements


  • Credits: (1-0) 1 *
  • *A minimum of two (2) credits of EE 690 are required.  No more than four (4) credits of EE 690 may be counted toward the degree.

Research requirements


The completion of a master’s thesis based on individual research and development, approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Education, is required for this degree.

  • Credits: 1 to 7 **
  • ** At least 6 credits of EE 798 are required for this degree. No more than 12 credits of EE 798 may be applied toward the degree.

Elective requirements


  • At least 14-22 elective credits

Students should select their program of study classes with consultation and approval by their major advisor and/or committee or by the M.Sc. EE graduate program coordinator (or his designee) (depending on the degree option being sought).  Refer to EE graduate handbook for detailed suggested course list.

Examinations


A thesis defense and an oral final examination are required for this degree.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

Degree requirements for non-thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 2-4 credits
Project requirements: 0-6 credits
Elective requirements: 20-28 credits
Total credits: 30

A minimum of 15 credits of the 30 required must be taken at the 600 level or above. Exceptions must be approved by the dean of graduate education.

Core requirements


Project requirements


The completion of a master’s project is optional for this degree.

Elective requirements


  • At least 20-28 elective credits

Students should select their program of study classes with consultation and approval by their major advisor and/or committee or by the M.Sc. EE graduate program coordinator (or his designee) (depending on the degree option being sought).  Refer to EE graduate handbook for detailed suggested course list.

Examinations


No final degree examination is required for the non-thesis option. Individual courses may hold final examinations as part of the course.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

Objectives and Outcomes


Student Outcomes:

  1. Advanced Technical Knowledge: Deep understanding of advanced topics in electrical engineering such as digital systems, signal processing, communications, power systems, and control theory.
  2. Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems using principles of electrical engineering, mathematics, and computational tools.
  3. Research and Development Skills: Proficiency in conducting research, including experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation of results, to contribute to scholarly and practical advancements in electrical engineering.
  4. Technical Communication: Skilled in communicating technical information effectively through writing and oral presentations, suitable for both academic and industry audiences.
  5. Ethical and Professional Responsibility: Recognition of the ethical, legal, security, and societal implications of electrical engineering and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities.
  6. Lifelong Learning: Preparedness for continuous learning to stay abreast of the evolving landscape of electrical engineering, technology, and related areas.
  7. Innovation and Design: Capability to engage in the design and development of systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs, incorporating innovative approaches and considering economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and sustainability aspects.