Overview

MS Robotics

The CSR master's degree curriculum is designed to give the student a core experience in robotics plus some specialization in a particular area. There are two options available to the student, the Thesis Option and the Non-Thesis Option, which are described below. Both options have a core curriculum and elective courses. Electives are selected with consultation of the student's advisor and normally are directed towards career goals. Students will form a graduate committee and select a major advisor. For the thesis option, the major advisor with input from the graduate committee will guide the student's research. This will culminate in the Master's Thesis. For the non-thesis option, the advisor and committee will help select courses to achieve the student's educational goals.

Program Notes

Depending on the student's background, students may be expected to take a background course in areas not covered by their undergraduate degrees. These courses are not counted towards the CSR degree.

Thesis Option

The program will require at minimum of 30 credits – 24 of course work plus 6 thesis credits

  • Eighteen (18) credits in the program (meaning 6 credits maximum of transfer)
    • CSC 515 (Introduction to Robotics) is required, three (3) credits
    • One (1) credit of seminar - CSC 790
    • Fourteen (14) credits in CSR approved electives
     
  • Six (6) credits of technical elective selected by the student and advisor.
    • Any CSR approved elective is automatically approved for use as technical elective
    • CP credit cannot count towards a technical elective
     
  • Six (6) credits thesis - CSC 798
  • At least 12 of the 24 credits in course work should be in graduate level CSC courses (CSC 798 cannot be used to count towards the course work requirement)'
  • See Degree Requirements page

Non-Thesis Option

The student must complete a minimum of thirty three (33) credits.

  • Twenty Seven (27) credits in the program (meaning 6 credits maximum of transfer)
    • CSC 515 (Introduction to Robotics) is required, three (3) credits
    • CSC 788 (Graduate Project) is required, three (3) credits
    • One (1) credit of seminar - CSC 790
    • Twenty three (20) credits in CSR approved electives
     
  •  Six (6) credits of technical elective selected by the student and advisor.
    • Any CSR approved elective automatically counts as a technical elective
    • Up to three (3) credits of CP 697 can be counted towards the technical elective for a non-thesis program of study. To qualify for CP credit the student must meet the department CO-OP guidelines
     
  • At least 15 credits of course work must be in graduate level CSC courses (the project course of CSC 788 cannot be used to count towards the total of 15).
  • See Degree Requirements page

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Contact Us

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Kyle Riley

Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

Telephone:
+1 605 394 2471
Kyle.Riley@sdsmt.edu