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BS Microelectronic Engineering - MS Material Science and Engineering Program

A five year degree program is available to the students enrolled in the BS program in Microelectronic Engineering. The program consists of completion of a minimum of 150 quarter credits that include fulfillment of the BS program requirements and 30 graduate credits required for the MSE program that include 6 credits for master's thesis. One co-op block may be substituted for graduate course work.

The MS (MSE) program consists of five core courses, four electives and six credit of thesis.

The BS program in Microelectronic Engineering requires completion of 129 credits that include two 4-credit professional elective courses, which may be chosen from the list of five core courses required for the MS (MSE) program. The following MicroE courses qualify as MSE electives that may be taken in place of MCEE-643:Thin Film Processes and MCEE 605-: Microlithography Materials and Processes.

MCEE-703: Microelectronics III

MCEE-605: Microlithography Materials and Processes


The students enrolled in the BS program in Microelectronic Engineering, after completion of their third year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. The application must be endorsed by the student's academic advisor.

Application Procedure

  1. Interested student after consultation with his/her academic advisor applies in writing to the Department Head, Microelectronic Engineering. The application is forwarded to the Program Director of Materials Science and Engineering for final approval.
  2. The student then initiates a change of program form for the new program code. (From EMCR to EMCM). The program codes are:

    BS (MicroE): EMCR

    BS (MicroE) - MS (MSE) before the completion of 129 credits: EMCM

    BS (MicroE) - MS (MSE) after the completion of 129 credits: SESE

  3. On acceptance, the student will be assigned a graduate academic advisor for graduate coursework.
  4. After completion of 129 credits, student will be coded as a graduate student (Program code SESE).

Cost Implications

After the completion of 129 credits, graduate tuition will apply. Students receiving undergraduate scholarships or financial aid are advised to consult with the office of financial aid.

Program Duration

The program is structured to allow completion of BS-MS course work by the end of spring semester of the fifth year with an additional summer for completion of thesis. Students have a maximum of one year after the spring of fifth year to complete the BS-MS course requirements. If at the end of sixth year, a student has completed BS requirements but has not completed MS requirements, the student will receive BS degree only. After the sixth year, if the student wishes to complete the MS degree, graduate courses taken for the BS requirement will not be counted towards the MS degree.

A Typical Sample Schedule for S-F co-op

(Will be different for W-S co-op)

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer
1 School School School Vacation
2 School School School Co-op
3 Co-op School School Co-op
4 Co-op BS/MS BS/MS BS
5 BS/MS BS/MS BS/MS Thesis


Robert Pearson, Program Director, Microelectronic Engineering

Tele: 585-475-2923; E-mail:

KSV Santhanam, Program Director, Materials Science and Engineering

Tele: 585-475-2920; e-mail: