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Microelectronic Engineering MS

Microelectronic engineering affects nearly all aspects of life–from communication, entertainment, and transportation to health, solid state lighting, and solar cells. RIT’s microelectronic engineering master’s program is a world leader in the education of semiconductor process engineers.

Program skills

Throughout this program, students understand the fundamental scientific principles governing solid-state devices and their incorporation into modern integrated circuits as well as the relevance of a processor device, either proposed or existing, to current manufacturing practices. Students 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. They apply microelectronic processing techniques to the creation/investigation of new process/device structures and communicate technical material effectively through oral presentations, written reports, and publications.

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to the Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). A 56,000 sq. ft. the lab opened in 1986–class 10 and class 100 cleanrooms; labs; & classrooms. IC lab includes a complete 6” CMOS wafer processing facility, mask-making, test & evaluation rooms, chemical & gas storage, gowning & line maintenance. Capabilities include chemical vapor deposition, plasma etching, ion implantation, diffusion, photolithography, metallization, surface analysis & electrical testing. An expansion of the SMFL has been dedicated to applied research & development work in Microsystems; which includes integrated microelectronics, MEMS, and photonic devices.​

Program job titles

Development Engineer; Device Engineer; Equipment Engineer; Manufacturing Yield Engineer; Photolithography Engineer; Process Engineer; Process Integration Engineer; Product Engineer; Research Engineer

Select program hiring partners

Advanced Micro Devices; Analog Devices; Annapolis Micro Systems; Applied Materials; ASML; Cree | Wolfspeed; Global Foundries; Intel Corporation; Mentor Graphics Corporation; Micron; MIT Lincoln Laboratory; MKS ENI; Northrop Grumman; Qorvo; Raytheon Company; Renesas; SONY Electronics; Texas Instruments


Outcome Rates for Microelectronic Engineering MS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the opportunity to complete relevant, hands-on engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

Cooperative education is strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MS in microelectronic engineering.