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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 210 / / Year (National)
  • Foreign: $ 445 / / Year (National)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    April; August



    The Ph.D degree is designed to help address the global need for research and education in new sustainable energy technologies. Graduate research opportunities are available in photovoltaics utilizing novel nanotechnologies, materials and structures to convert light energy into electricity, power electronics, microgrids, and power systems.

    Program ObjectivesThe EE graduate program objectives are to equip individuals to

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

    Course DeliveryA 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. Additionally, some courses are offered remotely via Access Grid in collaboration with other Ph.D. granting institutions in the state.


    Our faculty embodies a broad range of electrical engineering interests and has built dynamic and innovative research centers and groups around several areas of specialization. These include: * Micro and nano electronics and nanotechnology with emphasis on the design fabrication, and characterization of nanoscale photovoltaic devices.
    * Radiometric calibration of satellite-based instrumentation and digital processing of satellite imagery.
    * Distributed generation, especially grid-connected renewable energy supplies and microgrids.
    * Power electronics for renewable energy systems.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    GRE: General scores required The application file must be complete with the application form, application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, letters of reference, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin.

    A completed application must be filed with the Graduate School by April 15 for consideration for fall admission and by August 15 (international) or October 15 (domestic) for consideration for spring admission. Students should check with their specific program of interest as some programs have earlier deadlines. Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 60-credit plan, will usually have a Masters degree. This degree must be awarded from an approved, accredited institution. In those cases where applicants do not have a Masters degree, departmental requirements will apply, either requiring completion of a Masters degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program, 90-credit plan.

    English Language Requirements

    TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 91



    South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

    * Dedicated faculty and staff
    * Quality new facilities
    * Excellent student leadership
    * Shared governance
    * Partnerships with local community
    * Robust and Integrated assessment program
    * Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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