Graduate Education

The mission of the electrical and computer engineering graduate program is to provide quality student learning at an advanced level and to disseminate new knowledge in electrical engineering, while at the same time working to increase resources in support of these objectives. The graduate program in electrical engineering consists of research and study leading to the master of science degree in electrical engineering (MS EE) and multidisciplinary PhD degrees in materials engineering and science, nanoscience and nanoengineering, and biomedical engineering. In special cases, with the consent of the graduate committee of the electrical and computer engineering department, students may elect to do research in association with another engineering or science department.

The prospective student should have completed a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering. Applicants from universities that are not accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) are generally required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from the General Test with their application. Depending on the student's undergraduate background, and at the discretion of the electrical and computer engineering graduate committee, graduates of other institutions may also be required to take one or more courses of preparatory undergraduate work in addition to their graduate program of study. 

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A Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MS EE) may be obtained in one of three ways:

  • MS with thesis
  • An accelerated M.SC (5 year BS + MS program -- available only to SDSM&T undergraduates)
  • MS non-thesis (coursework only)

The student must focus within one of the following areas:

  • Applied Electromagnetics
  • Controls and Autonomous Robotics Systems (CARS)
  • Power Systems and Power Electronics
  • Communications and Networking

Learn more about Research Focus Areas and Department Resources and Equipment

More information about options and requirements are available at our Master of Science in Electrical Engineering webpage.  Complete details are available from our Master of Science in Electrical Engineering graduate program document.

PhD Programs related to ECE

PhD in Materials Engineering & Science
PhD in Nanoscience & Nanoengineering