2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering (M.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

George Hamer, Acting Department Head
Robert Fourney, Associate Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Daktronics Engineering Hall 214, Box 2222

Program Information

The program offers a variety of courses that encompass a broad range of Electrical Engineering areas including: alternative energy and power systems; computer engineering, communications; electronic materials, devices and sensors; nano technology, photovoltaic devices and systems; and signal and image processing. The department’s graduate faculty conduct active research in these areas using modern research facilities and equipment. 

Program Educational Objectives

The EE graduate program objectives are to equip individuals to

  1. Discover and disseminate knowledge relevant to the discipline of electrical engineering.
  2. Provide leadership for increasingly complex roles in electrical engineering and industry.
  3. Contribute to the advancement of the science of electrical engineering serving regional and national needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand fundamental principles: Articulate a solid understanding of the fundamental principles in the area of specialization and supporting areas.
  • Communication skills: Demonstrate an ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, technical information in an effective manner.
  • Conduct research and/or design project: Conduct research and/or design projects that demonstrate ability to model, analyze and design electrical engineering processes and systems.

Course Delivery Format

A majority of the courses are taught on campus in smart classrooms. The smart classrooms allow for a variety of methods for student engagement and faculty are able to record and post their lectures on-line.

Facilities and Services

With more than $12 million invested in classrooms and laboratories, graduate students benefit from modern lecture rooms and gain valuable experience using state-of-the-art equipment. The recently dedicated modern Daktronics Engineering Hall is home to the Electrical Engineering program with over 15,000 square feet of dedicated research space. The department boasts a 5-bay multi-million dollar clean room, several class one gloveboxes, and nano-characterization labs for developing both organic and inorganic electronics, as well as numerous other labs for research in fiber optics, power and alternative energy systems, and sensors.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Core Requirements

  • EE 5XX/6XX/7XX Courses in a category of EE concentration Credits: 13-16

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

  • Electives Credits: 19-22

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 90-91 Internet-based
​TOEFL Essentials: 9.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 115

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .