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MS - Admission Requirements

The objective of the Master of Science in Microelectronic Engineering program is to provide an opportunity for students to perform graduate level research as they prepare for entry into the semiconductor industry or a Ph.D. program. The program requires strong preparation in the area of microelectronics. The program takes two years to complete and requires a thesis. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or the equivalent, from an accredited college or university in good academic standing. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or strong academic advisor/supervisor endorsements are required. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not mandatory but may support the candidacy.

The prerequisites include a BS in engineering (such as electrical or microelectronic engineering), and an introductory course in device physics. Students who do not have the prerequisite device physics can take a course during their first year of study at RIT and still complete the Master of Science program in two years. The prerequisite course will not count toward the 24credits worth of graduate courses required for the MS degree.

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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in engineering or a related field,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have an GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (RIT graduates exempt),
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.