Microelectronic Engineering MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak
585-475-6768, kmbges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Robert Pearson, Ph.D.
585-475-2923, repemc@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall
Entrance Exam GRE
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 58

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The objective of the master of science degree in microelectronic engineering is to provide an opportunity for students to perform graduate-level research as they prepare for entry into either the semiconductor industry or a doctoral program. The degree requires strong preparation in the area of microelectronics and requires a thesis.

Program outcomes

  • Understand the fundamental scientific principles governing solid-state devices and their incorporation into modern integrated circuits.
  • Understand the relevance of a process or device, either proposed or existing, to current manufacturing practices.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in existing or emerging areas of the field of microelectronics such as device engineering, circuit design, lithography, materials and processes, yield, and manufacturing.
  • Apply microelectronic processing techniques to the creation/investigation of new process/device structures.
  • Communicate technical material effectively through oral presentations, written reports, and publications.

Plan of study

The MS degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a minimum of 32 semester credit hours, including a 6 credit hour thesis.

The program consists of six core courses, two graduate electives, 2 credits of graduate seminar, and a six credit thesis. The curriculum is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in microelectronic engineering. Students who have an undergraduate degree in microelectronic engineering develop a custom course of study with their graduate adviser.

Thesis

A thesis is undertaken once the student has completed approximately 20 semester credit hours of study. Planning for the thesis, however, should begin as early as possible. Generally, full-time students should complete their degree requirements, including thesis defense, within two years (four academic semesters and one summer term).

Curriculum

Microelectronic engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCEE-601 Microelectronic Fabrication 3
MCEE-605 Lithographic Materials and Processes 3
MCEE-603 Thin Films 3
MCEE-795 Microelectronics Research Methods 1
MCEE-732 Microelectronic Manufacturing 3
MCEE-602 VLS Semiconductor Process Integration 3
  Graduate Elective* 3
MCEE-795 Microelectronics Research Methods 1
Second Year
MCEE-704 Physical Modeling of Semiconductor Devices 3
  Graduate Elective* 3
MCEE-790 MS Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 32

* With adviser approval.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in microelectronic engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE. (RIT graduates exempt.) 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Candidates applying with a bachelor’s degree in fields outside of electrical and microelectronic engineering may be considered for admission; however, bridge courses may be required to ensure the student is adequately prepared for graduate study.

 


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