Policies and Procedures

This purpose of this page is to spell out a few of the policies an procedures the govern the M.S. in the Computational Sciences and Robotics (CSR). For any questions or clarifications you should speak with your advisor or contact the program coordinator.

The CSR program is offered as part of the Graduate Education program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. All policies and procedures that we utilize in the CSR program should comply with policies and regulations of the Graduate School and with the School of Mines. Much of the paperwork used to administer the program is provided by the Graduate School and you can use their Electronic Forms reference page to download the paperwork needed to file a program of study, apply for graduation, as well as many other activities.

The general structure of the CSR program is outlined on the program overview page. The CSR program does include a thesis track and a non-thesis track and there are some differences between these two tracks. The primary difference is that a thesis student will have a graduate committee. In addition, a thesis student must complete thesis project and successfully defend that project. A student in a non-thesis track does not have a graduate committee, but is required to complete and defend a Master's Research Project (CSC 788). A project for CSC 788 is generally less oriented around original research and more devoted to the application of theory.


All students in CSR must complete CSC/CENG 515 Introduction to Robotics and CSC 516 Introduction to Autonomous Systems. Students that have completed the 400 level version of these courses as an undergraduate student and passed with a B or higher will not be required to retake the classes as a graduate student.

Students will be able to customize their program of study to meet their academic and professional goals. For a thesis student, the initial program of study (and any subsequent changes) must be approved by their advisor, their graduate committee, and the program coordinator. For a non-thesis student, the initial program of study (and any subsequent changes) must be approved by their advisor and the program coordinator. The program of study must be approved and on file with the Graduate School before the student completes two semesters in the CSR program.

Academic Probation

The academic catalog clearly defines the violations that will result in a student being placed on academic probation. Some common standards to mention include:

  1. A student must maintain a “B” (3.00) or better grade point average in all 300- through 800-level courses taken for graduate credit at the School of Mines. Thesis and dissertation research credit hours and grades will not be counted in the determination of this GPA.
  2. A student must earn no less than a “C” (2.00) grade in any graduate course (500 through 800 level) taken for graduate credit, and which is to be credited toward advanced degree requirements.
  3. A student must earn no less than a “B” (3.00) in any 300- or 400-level course taken for graduate credit, and which is to be credited toward advanced degree requirements.
  4. A student’s thesis or dissertation research must be of a quality to warrant the issuance of a semester grade of “S” or an interim grade of “NP.” A research grade of “U” will result in the student being placed on probation.
  5. A student must earn no less than a “B” (3.00) in any 100- or 200-level course required by the student’s advisory committee even though the course cannot be applied toward a graduate degree.
  6. A student must pass all courses taken on the pass-fail basis. (Refer to section on “Pass-Fail Option for Graduate Students.”)
  7. A student must remove all other program deficiencies, such as meeting stated deadlines for applicable qualifying, comprehensive, and final examinations; selection of a graduate advisory committee; and filing of a satisfactory program of study in the graduate office.

Any student placed on academic probation will have a semester to rectify the situation. If a student fails to come off academic probation by the subsequent semester then their program of study will be terminated. A student can appeal to extend probation status in CSR, but all appeals require approval of the Steering Committee, the Program Coordinator, the Department Head, and the Dean of Graduate Education.


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Graduate Program Coordinator:

Christer Karlsson

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

+1 605 646-3130