Current Students

Current graduate student inquiries? Call Annette Benavidez at 575-646-3117.

Announcing the newly formed Graduate Student Organization within the Klipsch School, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Organization (ECEGSO). Read more here!

The common goals for a graduate student within the Klipsch School are:

  • Maintain academic eligibility as defined by the Graduate School
  • Successfully complete a series of classes from the Klipsch School graduate core
  • Successfully complete the final examination for the program.

In general, graduate programs are highly individualized based on the student’s career goals.  Because of this individualization, graduate advising is primarily handled by the student’s major advisor and the student’s graduate committee. Specific course selection depends on the student’s career goals as well as research needs.  The student, advisor, and committee are expected to be up-to-date on the current degree options and restrictions in the Graduate Catalog.  Specific graduation requirements and exam details can be found in the MSEE program and the PhD program sections.

Advisor Selection

The choice of specialization on the graduate admission application form helps determine an appropriate initial graduate advisor. This initial advisor is assigned as part of the graduate admissions process and is intended to give the student a point of contact within the Klipsch School. Please note that your initial advisor can assist you with degree planning but may not have the resources (funding and/or time) to oversee a research project with you (see the Graduate Assistant page for more information on financial assistance). A student may change their graduate advisor any time during the graduate program; however, most changes are best made in the first few semesters. Choosing a graduate advisor involves several factors, such as compatibility, specialization, and availability of research support.

Because the Graduate School and the Klipsch School both need to know the current advisor, when a change of advisors is made, the Change of Advisor form must be completed and filed with the Klipsch School and the Graduate School.

Program Plan

When the student, advisor, and committee are satisfied with the desired program of study for the student, a “degree plan” or “program of study” needs to be filed. This degree plan is to be filed after the student has completed 12 hours of graduate coursework.  This rule holds for both MSEE and PhD students.  It is advisable to file this plan as soon as possible after the 12 hour point so that the student has a chance to make any changes before the final semester if one of the administrative checks (Department Head or Graduate School) does not approve the proposed program of study.

To file a degree plan, the student runs a STAR audit and brings the printout along with the MSEE record check or PhD record check to their advisor. The advisor reviews the check form and signs it once it is agreed upon.  At that point, the student can bring the record check form to the Klipsch School front office.

Graduate Student Handbook

The  Graduate Student Handbook contains much of the information and forms found within the Graduate Program tab. Some of the 2008 information is out-of-date and is being revised.

Department Policy on Academic Dishonesty

The Klipsch School believes that academic integrity is of the utmost importance and has a strict policy regarding acts of academic dishonesty, which may result in penalties up to and including an automatic F in the course and/or referral to the Department Head or Dean for disciplinary action. For more information please see this page.