Graduate Program

Program Overview

The Electrical Engineering Department offers Graduate Certificate, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical engineering. These degree programs demand academic rigor and depth yet also address real-world problems.

The master’s program is designed to prepare candidates for careers in industry or government or for further study at the PhD level. Both thesis and non-thesis MS options are available. The PhD degree program is sufficiently flexible to prepare candidates for careers in industry, government or academia.

The Electrical Engineering Department has three areas of research activity that stem from the core fields of electrical engineering and computer science: antennas and wireless communications, energy systems and power electronics and information and systems sciences. Additionally, students may study areas such as embedded systems and/or robotics, which include elements from both computer science and electrical engineering disciplines. In many cases, individual research projects encompass more than one research area.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The MS degree in electrical engineering (thesis or non-thesis Option) requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis MS are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework. A maximum of 6 Independent Study course units can be used to fulfill degree requirements.

There are three tracks in Electrical Engineering:

  1. Antennas and Wireless Communications (AWC)
  2. Energy Systems and Power Electronics (ESPE)
  3. Information and Systems Sciences (ISS)

Students are encouraged to decide between tracks before pursuing an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to their Advisor and/or a member of the EE faculty before registering for classes and to select a permanent Advisor as soon as possible.

Course Requirements

The following set of courses is required of all students:

Core Classes

  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (AWC track) 9.0
  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ESPE track) 0.0
  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ISS track) 12.0

EE Technical Electives

  • TECH: Technical Electives (AWC track) 15.0
  • TECH: Technical Electives (ESPE track) 24.0
  • TECH: Technical Electives (ISS track) 12.0

Lists of courses within these categories can be found below.

Course Requirements by Degree Option (Thesis vs. Non-Thesis)

Elective Credits

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students pursuing an non-thesis degree must take the following:

  • EE Elective – 6.0 – Must be Electrical Engineering courses at 400-level or above and taught by an approved faculty member in the department.

Research Credits

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students pursuing an M.S. thesis must take the following:

  • EENG-707 Graduate Thesis / Dissertation 6.0

MS Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the MS (Thesis Option), the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of his or her thesis research.

Electrical Engineering Courses

Electrical Engineering Academic Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

The PhD in electrical engineering requires 72 credit hours of course work and research credits. A minimum of 36 credit hours of course work and a minimum of 24 credit hours of research is required. The remaining 12 credit hours required can be earned through research or coursework and students should consult with their advisor and/or thesis committee. There are three tracks in electrical engineering: (1) antennas and wireless communications (AWC), (2) energy systems and power electronics (ESPE) and (3) information and systems sciences (ISS). Students are encouraged to decide between tracks before pursuing an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to their advisor and/or a member of the EE faculty before registering for classes and to select a permanent advisor as soon as possible. The following set of courses is required of all students.

Core Classes

  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (AWC track) 9.0
  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ESPE track) 0.0
  • EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ISS track) 12.0

EE Technical Electives

(technical electives can be taken outside the department but must be technically applicable and be approved by advisor/thesis committee)

  • TECH: Technical Electives (AWC track) 27.0
  • TECH: Technical Electives (ESPE track) 36.0
  • TECH: Technical Electives (ISS track) 24.0

Lists of courses within these categories can be found below.

Research Credit

  • EENG-707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION 24.0

PhD Qualifying Examination Guidelines

Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination, which is intended to gauge the student’s capability to pursue research in the area of Electrical Engineering. The exam includes both written and oral sections. The written section is based on material from the EE Department’s undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is given once per year during the spring semester, tentatively the week after the spring break. The faculty in the student’s track will make the pass/fail decision for the written exam. Students who pass the written part, will move on to the oral exam. The oral part of the qualifying exam covers a technical presentation given by the student to a committee consisting of the student’s adviser and at least two other EE faculty members chosen by the adviser (referred to as the Qualifying Exam Committee). If deemed beneficial by the student’s adviser, this committee may include faculty members from different tracks within EE.

Normally, full-time PhD candidates will take the qualifying exam in their first year, but it must be taken within four semesters of entering the program, excluding any semesters during which the student is on the leave of absence. Part-time candidates will normally be expected to take the qualifying exam within no more than six semesters of entering the program. If a student cannot take the exam within this timeframe, he/she would need to submit a one-page petition to the graduate committee to ask for a waiver. Under special circumstances, a waiver may be granted.

Written Exam Guidelines

The written part is an open book, open notes, 4 hour exam, consisting of 24 problems, based primarily on materials from Mines courses in electrical engineering. Students must solve 8 out of the 24 problems. Students may attempt more than 8 problems, but at the end of the exam, they should indicate on their exam sheet which 8 problems they would like to have assessed and graded. Otherwise, the first 8 attempted problems will be considered.

There will be two problems from each of the following courses:

  • EENG 282 – Engineering Circuit Analysis
  • EENG 386 – Fundamentals of Engineering Electromagnetics
  • EENG 389 – Fundamentals of the Electric Machinery
  • EENG 411 – Digital Signal Processing
  • EENG 415 – Data Science for Electrical Engineering
  • EENG 417 – Modern Control Design
  • EENG 425 – Introduction to Antennas
  • EENG 427 – Wireless Communications
  • EENG 430 – Passive RF & Microwave Devices
  • EENG 470 – Introduction to High Power Electronics
  • EENG 480 – Power System Analysis
  • EENG 515 – Mathematical Methods for Signals and Systems

The relevant textbooks are listed below:

EENG 282 J.W. Nilsson and S.A. Riedel, Electric Circuits, 10th Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-376003-3. Chapters 10–18.
EENG 386 Ulaby and Ravaioli, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall (Pearson), 2015, ISBN 013-3356817, Chapters 6–8.
EENG 389 S. Chapman, Electric Machinery Fundamentals, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2012, ISBN 978-0073529547. Chapters 1, 2, 4–8.
EENG 411 J.G. Proakis and D.K. Manolakis, Digital Signal Processing, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0131873742. Chapters 1–7, 10, 11.
EENG 415 G. James, D. Witten, T. Hastie and R. Tibshirani, An Introduction to Statistical Learning, New York, NY: Springer, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4614-7137-0. Chapters 1–4, 6, 7, 9, 10.
EENG 417 Handouts and Papers (will be provided to the students)
EENG 425 C.A. Balanis, Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-118-64206-1. Chapters 1, 2, 4–6, 14, 15, 17.
EENG 427 Handouts (contact Professor Randy Haupt)
EENG 430 D.M. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, 4th Edition, 4th Edition, John Wiley, 2013, ISBN 047-0631554, Chapters 2–8.
EENG 470 D. Hart, Power Electronics, 1st Edition, McGraw Hill, 2010, ISBN 978-0073380674. Chapters 1–7.
EENG 480 J.D. Glover, M.S. Sarma and T.J. Overbye, Power System Analysis and Design, 5th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2011, ISBN 978-1111425777. Chapters 1–9.
EENG 515 T.K. Moon and W.C. Stirling, Mathematical Methods and Algorithms for Signal Processing, Prentice-Hall, 2000, ISBN 0-201-36186-8, Chapters 1–7.

In order to prepare for the exam, the students are highly encouraged to consult the textbooks listed above. In addition, a repository of additional reading materials and sample exams from previous years has been created on Canvas. Approximately one month before the date of the written exam, the students will be granted access to this resource.

The pass/fail decision for the written exam will be made by the faculty in the student’s track. Students who fail the written exam may request to see their graded work. However, there will not be an appeals process.

Oral Exam Guidelines

Students who pass the written exam will be asked to prepare an oral presentation to be given to the Qualifying Exam Committee. This will be a technical presentation (typically 30–45 minutes) on a topic chosen by the student’s adviser, in consultation with the student. It could cover a single paper from the literature, a number of papers on a common subject, or a specific topic for which the student would need to perform a literature review. The topic may or may not be directly related to the student’s research area.

Through this presentation the student is expected to give a clear problem statement, overview, summary, technical insight and critical analysis of the topic. In addition, he/she may be asked to show her/his understanding of the physics and mathematics behind the broad topic of the presentation. As a rule of thumb, it is expected that the student spends one to two months to prepare for the oral part of the Qualifying Exam. As such, all applicants are encouraged to discuss the oral presentation with their advisers well in advance.

Final Pass/Fail Decision

Based on both the written test and the oral presentation, the Qualifying Exam Committee will determine whether the student has passed the exam. Official results will be communicated to the student typically by the end of the summer semester. This date could change depending on the completion date of the oral exam. When appropriate and desirable, the Qualifying Exam Committee may ask the student for additional coursework requirements and/or other remedial action.

In the event of a student failing the qualifying exam, she/he will be given one further opportunity to pass the exam in the following spring semester. If a second failure occurs, the student has unsatisfactory academic performance that results in an immediate mandatory dismissal of the graduate student from the PhD program.

Questions

For questions regarding the Qualifying Exam please contact:

Ms. Dorothy Cheng
Graduate Program Manager
Brown Hall, W275
cheng@mines.edu
(303)273 3658

Dr. Salman Mohagheghi
Brown Hall, 314D
smohaghe@mines.edu
(303)273 3501

PhD Thesis Proposal

After passing the qualifying examination, the PhD student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written thesis proposal and present it formally to the student’s thesis committee and other interested faculty.

Admission to Candidacy

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, full-time PhD students must complete the following requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the PhD program.

  • Have a thesis committee appointment form on file in the Graduate Office
  • Have passed the PhD qualifying exam demonstrating adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.

PhD Thesis Defense

At the conclusion of the student’s PhD program, the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of her/his thesis research. A student must “pass” this defense to earn a PhD degree.

Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems

Students in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems will learn a combined power system and power electronics approach, in which enabled renewable energy systems interact with the utility grid, establishing smart-grids with intelligent data communication, energy management and control. This graduate program approaches electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and user-friendly control. Graduates will advance technology in industries and national laboratories,and will be key leaders for the sustainability of renewable energy based electrical energy conversion.

Students can earn a Graduate Certificate or Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis option) in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

The Certificate ‘Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems’ is targeted to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a B.S. in electrical engineering. To earn a Graduate Certificate in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems, students must complete 12 hours of coursework as follows:

EENG475 INTERCONNECTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, INTEGRATED POWER ELECTRONICS, POWER SYSTEMS, AND POWER QUALITY 3.0
EENG577 ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS FOR SMART-GRID SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG588 ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET 3.0
EENG Elective from the list 3.0
Total Semester Hrs 12.0
Elective List for Graduate Certificate:
EENG572 RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION 3.0
EENG582 HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION 3.0
EENG586 COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FOR POWER SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG587 POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING 3.0

Master of Science Non-Thesis Requirements

EENG475 INTERCONNECTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, INTEGRATED POWER ELECTRONICS, POWER SYSTEMS, AND POWER QUALITY 3.0
EENG570 ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS 3.0
EENG572 RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION 3.0
EENG577 ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS FOR SMART-GRID SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG582 HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION 3.0
EENG587 POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING 3.0
EENG588 ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET 3.0
EENG5XX Engineering Core Course from List 3.0
EENG5XX or EENG4XX Electrical Engineering Coursework (6 credits) as approved by the Advisor, the total # of 400-level courses as allowed by the Mines Graduate Program guidelines 6.0
Total Semester Hrs 30.0

Core Courses List – Choose three credit hours with the approval of your advisor.

EENG571 MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC DRIVES 3.0
EENG589 DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG600 GRADUATE SEMINAR ON SMART-GRID ELECTRICAL POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS 3.0

The Non-Thesis Master’s student has an advisor who is assigned to assist the student in interdisciplinary projects.

Master of Science Thesis Requirements

EENG475 INTERCONNECTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, INTEGRATED POWER ELECTRONICS, POWER SYSTEMS, AND POWER QUALITY 3.0
EENG577 ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS FOR SMART-GRID SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG588 ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET 3.0
EENG600 GRADUATE SEMINAR ON SMART-GRID ELECTRICAL POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG5XX Engineering Core Course From List 6.0
EENG707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT 6.0
EENG5XX or EENG4XX Electrical Engineering Coursework (6 credits) as approved by the Advisor, the total # of 400-level courses as allowed by the Mines Graduate Program guidelines 6.0
Total Semester Hrs 30.0
Core Courses List – Choose six credit hours with the approval of your advisor.
EENG570 ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS 3.0
EENG571 MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC DRIVES 3.0
EENG572 RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION 3.0
EENG582 HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION 3.0
EENG587 POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING 3.0
EENG589 DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS 3.0

The Master’s Committee is made up of three members, two of which must be from the home department.

Graduate Certificates

The Electrical Engineering department offers four graduate certificates in Data Science for Signals and Systems, Antennas and Radar Technology, RF & Microwave Engineering, and Smart-Grid, Power Electronics and Electrical Power Systems..

Data Science for Signals and Systems

The graduate certificate program in Data Science for Signals and Systems is targeted to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a B.S. in electrical engineering or a related field in mathematical and algorithmic aspects of data science relevant for electrical engineers, specifically for handling the signals and data that are processed and created by modern physical and virtual electrical systems. 

To earn the graduate certificate in Data Science for Signals and Systems, students must complete 12 hours of coursework as follows:

Required Courses:
EENG415 DATA SCIENCE FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
EENG515 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS 3.0
Choose 2 out of 3:
EENG509 SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING 3.0
EENG511 CONVEX OPTIMIZATION AND ITS ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS 3.0
EENG519 ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN FILTERING 3.0

Antennas and Radar Technology

The graduate certificate program in Antennas and Radar Technology is targeted to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering or a related field in physics or applied sciences with a basic knowledge of electromagnetic theory, specifically to handle the challenges and rising demands of advanced technologies related to modern antenna and Radar systems. 

To earn the graduate certificate in Antennas and Radar Technology, participants must complete the following 12 hours of coursework:

EENG486 ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND WAVES 3.0
EENG525 ANTENNAS 3.0
EENG528 COMPUTATIONAL ELECTROMAGNETICS 3.0
EENG540 INTRODUCTION TO RADAR SYSTEMS 3.0

RF & Microwave Engineering

The graduate certificate program in RF and Microwave Engineering is targeted to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a B.S. in electrical engineering or a related field in physics or applied sciences with a basic knowledge of electromagnetic theory, specifically for handling the challenges and demands of modern microwave systems and Internet of Things devices.

To earn the graduate certificate in RF and Microwave Engineering, students must complete 12 hours of coursework as follows:

Required Courses:
EENG486 ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND WAVES 3.0
EENG530 PASSIVE RF & MICROWAVE DEVICES 3.0
Choose 2 out of 3:
EENG529 ACTIVE RF & MICROWAVE DEVICES 3.0
EENG531 ACTIVE NONLINEAR RF & MICROWAVE DEVICES 3.0
EENG525 ANTENNAS 3.0

Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems

The Certificate ‘Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems’ is targeted to train recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a B.S. in electrical engineering. To earn a Graduate Certificate in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems, students must complete 12 hours of coursework as follows:

EENG475 INTERCONNECTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, INTEGRATED POWER ELECTRONICS, POWER SYSTEMS, AND POWER QUALITY 3.0
EENG577 ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS FOR SMART-GRID SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG588 ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET 3.0
EENG Elective from the list 3.0
Total Semester Hrs 12.0
Elective List for Graduate Certificate:
EENG572 RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION 3.0
EENG582 HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION 3.0
EENG586 COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FOR POWER SYSTEMS 3.0
EENG587 POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING 3.0

 

Graduate Courses

A complete list of graduate courses can be found in the EE Graduate Catalog, under the “Courses” tab.

Admission and Policies

How to Apply

MS and PhD applicants must submit the following materials:

  • transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work
  • a statement of purpose (short essay) from the applicant briefly describing background, interests, goals at Mines, career aspirations, etc.
  • three letters of recommendation
  • the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

In addition, international students must submit the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
  • International Student Financial Statement

A complete list of fees, deadlines and requirements, along with the online application, can be found on the Graduate Admissions home page.

Below are the application packet requirements required by the Graduate School at Colorado School of Mines.

Learn more about the graduate admission requirements and completing an online application. Additionally, questions can be directed to the Graduate Program Manager, Dorothy Cheng, at eegrad@mines.edu 303-273-3658. Also, check out our Electrical Engineering Graduate Program flyer.

Requirements for Admission

The minimum requirements for admission to the MS and PhD programs in electrical engineering are:

  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical science, or math with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (Quantitative section) score of 151 or higher (or 650 on the old scale). Applicants who have graduated with an engineering degree from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test or 213 for the computer-based test) for applicants whose native language is not English. In lieu of a TOEFL score, and IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted.
  • For the PhD program, prior research experience is desired but not required.

Admitted Students

The Electrical Engineering Department Graduate Committee may require that an admitted student take undergraduate remedial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies. The committee will decide whether to recommend regular or provisional admission.

Transfer Credits

Graduate-level courses taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a “B” or better was received will be considered for transfer credit with approval of the Advisor and/or Thesis Committee, and EE Department Head, as appropriate. Transfer credits must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. For the M.S. degree, no more than 9 credits may transfer. For the Ph.D. degree, up to 24 credit hours may be transferred. In lieu of transfer credit for individual courses, students who enter the Ph.D. program with a thesis-based master’s degree from another institution may transfer up to 36 hours in recognition of the course work and research completed for that degree.

Temporary and Permanent Graduate Advisor

When you are admitted to the EE graduate program, you will be assigned a temporary Advisor. Please arrange to meet with your Advisor to discuss your academic program. Thesis-based master’s and doctoral students must identify a research topic and permanent thesis Advisor in their first two semesters of study and preferably as soon as possible. A registration hold may be placed for students who do not satisfy this requirement.

Introduction to Research Ethics

Any graduate students who receive support from an NSF-funded RA must complete SYGN 502 – Introduction to Research Ethics.

Current Students

All current students have access to the EE Graduate Program CANVAS page. Check there for important updates and policies, and watch out for department announcements through the EE graduate student listserv.

BS + MS Combined Program

The Electrical Engineering Department offers a combined program in which students have the opportunity to supplement an undergraduate degree with graduate coursework. Upon completion of the program, students receive two degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Students are required to take an additional 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree. Up to nine of the 30 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree requirements can be 4XX level courses. The remainder of the courses will be at the graduate level (5XX and above). Students enrolled in Mine's Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program may double count up to six hours of credits which were used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree at Mines, towards their graduate program. Any courses that count towards the graduate degree requirements as either "Required Coursework" or "Elective Coursework" may be used for the purposes of double counting at the discretion of the advisor (MS Non-Thesis) or thesis committee (MS Thesis or Ph.D.). These courses must have been passed with a "B-" or better and meet all other University, Department, Division, and Program requirements for graduate credit.

Students taking 500-level courses must obtain approval from their advisor and the course instructor using a 500-level course enrollment form obtained from the Registrar's Office. For a course to count toward the graduate degree, it is important that students be accepted into the combined program prior to Census Day.

The EE Graduate Catalog provides details for this program and includes specific instructions regarding required and elective courses.

Students may switch from the combined program which includes a non-thesis Master of Science degree to a M.S. degree with a thesis option; however, if students change degree programs they must satisfy all degree requirements for the M.S. with thesis degree.

Admission Criteria

  • Students must apply to enter this program by the beginning of their senior year
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Application Procedure

  • At the beginning of the Senior year, a pro forma graduate school application is submitted and as long as the undergraduate portion of the program is successfully completed, the student is admitted to the Engineering graduate program.
  • Complete the Online Application
  • For online applications from Mines undergraduates, the application fee is only $25.
  • Students are not required to take the GRE.
  • Students must submit a transcript.
  • Students should not take 500-level courses until they are admitted into the program. You must be admitted by Census Day of the
  • semester you begin to take graduate courses.
  • Since you are not allowed to "officially" work on both degrees at the same time, you must enter a date for "expected BS completion date" on the Educational Information page of the online application. Then enter an Intended Entry semester for the graduate program that is after that date. You will need to get permission to take a 500-level course prior to receiving your BS degree. You should check the box for Graduate Credit only. If you have been accepted into the program prior to taking any graduate courses, those credits should automatically transfer to your MS degree as soon as you receive your undergraduate degree.

Financial Aid

Upon completion of their undergraduate degree requirements, a Combined Degree Program student is considered enrolled full-time in his/her graduate program. Once having done so, the student is no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, but may now be eligible for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree, each Combined Degree Program student must register as a graduate student for at least one semester.

Fellowships and Grants

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Since 1981, EPA’s NCER has managed the AAAS Science and Engineering Fellows Program, in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand how scientific and technological information is used in environmental policy-making; to provide a unique public policy learning experience; to demonstrate the value of science, technology, and economics in addressing societal problems; and to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the programs of the U.S. government. Fellows will work in offices throughout the EPA on projects of mutual interest to the Fellows and the hosting offices. Applications are accepted by AAAS in the fall of each year. Must hold a doctoral level degree and be a US Citizen. Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three or more years of professional experience also qualify.

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship program helps talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, achieve their educational goals. The Fellowship enables these women to invest in state-of-the-art computers to conduct their research, purchase expensive books and resource materials, and participate in specialized studies around the globe.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Awards

The objective of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards is to create the next generation of scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. To meet this objective, EERE Research Participants will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies; in the environment by providing clean energy technologies; and in the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices.

GEM Fellowship Program

GEM’s fellowship programs span the entire recruitment, retention, and professional development spectrum. GEM’s principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and PhD levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation.

Graduate Student Government Grant Programs

Graduate Continuance Fellowship, GSG Lecture Series Grant, Meeting Attendee Travel Grant, Presenter Travel Grant, UG travel Grant, and Family Assistance Grant.

IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program

The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and natural language understanding), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME).

IEEE Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships

IEEE offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for IEEE Student members. Submit a project or paper for consideration and have the opportunity to win and gain peer recognition for your effort. Terms and conditions may apply.

NASA Learner Opportunities

NASA is an investment in America’s future. Our activities contribute to the achievement of the Nation’s science and technology goals and priorities, one of which is “Educational Excellence: We involve the education community in our endeavors to inspire America’s students, create learning opportunities, and enlighten inquisitive minds.” NASA uses its unique resources to support educational excellence for all. This vision guides all NASA activities and programs, and guides the unique contribution that our Education Program provides to America’s education community.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2014, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

SAE Awards and Scholarships

SAE offers a wide variety of awards, scholarships, loans and internships for engineering students and faculty through the SAE Foundation. Programs are available for every phase of a student’s engineering education.

SMART Scholarship Program

The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the DoD. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. As such, the program primarily targets “hand-on-the-bench” researchers and engineers. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.