Rochester Institute of Technology

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Microelectronic Engineering MS

Program Overview

RIT is pleased to offer the nation’s oldest undergraduate degree program in Microelectronic Engineering.  This ABET accredited program was initiated in 1982 in response to the growing shortage of engineers in semiconductor processing and design.  The program provides a broad interdisciplinary background in device physics, material science, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, optics, imaging science, statistics, and semiconductor manufacturing.  The Master of Engineering program graduated the first class in 1988 and the Master of Science program began in 1995. A five year dual degree program (BS Microelectronic Engineering/MS Material Science) is also available. This program also prepares students to work in emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, microelectromechanical (MEM) devices and Microsystems. The co-op requirement enhances student knowledge acquired in the classroom and the laboratory.
Minor in Microelectronics and Nanofabrication
This minor is designed to provide basic knowledge to non-microelectronic engineering students from math & statistics, science, and other engineering disciplines whose career plans involve the semiconductor industry. This minor also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in Microsystems Engineering, research in semiconductor applications, and nanotechnology. Students take at least five courses that include microlithography, IC technology, thin film processes, CMOS processing, process and device modeling , and defect reduction and yield enhancement.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (Microelectronic Engineering/Material Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Microsystems


  • Approximately: 100 students enrolled in Bachelor of Science; 25 students enrolled in Master of Science or Master of Engineering; 10 enrolled in BS/MS, 40 students enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • 2 semesters and 2 summers of cooperative education, integrated throughout the academic course of study, are required. Students pursuing a ME degree are required to complete an internship.

Salary Information

Co-op:        $21.20                       $16.50 - $30.00
BS:               $70,000
MS/ME:      $72,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of Second Year:Clean room experience (approximately 100 hours).  Understanding of semiconductor and IC fabrication and design of experiments.  Useful to a process engineer in assisting with projects.
Middle of Third Year: Understand basic diode and transistor circuits.  Enhanced understanding of ion implant, physical vapor deposition and plasma etch.
End of Third Year: Understand the inner workings of MOS devices and analog and digital integrated circuits.
Middle of Fourth Year: Can work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation or ion-implant areas and process integration.
End of Fourth Year: Well prepared to work independently on projects in diffusion, oxidation, ion-implant, chemical vapor deposition or lithography areas. Understand design of microchips and operation of semiconductor devices. Understand the interaction of light with materials including reflections from multilayer substrates.
Middle of Fifth Year: Understand and prepared to work independently in the manufacture of today’s IC’s.
End of Fifth Year: Prepared for engineering positions in process, process development, device, test, product, quality assurance, applications, etc. Students develop skills to carry out independent design/research and communicate in a technical forum. Students are ready to go on to top graduate schools.


The microelectronic engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Equipment & Facilities

Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). A 56,000 sq. ft. lab opened in 1986–class 10 and class 100 clean rooms; 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.​

Training / Qualifications

This ABET-accredited, five-year program provides this broad interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and statistics necessary for entry into the semiconductor industry.

Job Titles

Process Engineer, Device Engineer, Development Engineer, Research Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Principle Engineer, Process Integration Engineer, Manufacturing Yield Engineer, Photolithography Engineer, Field Applications Engineer.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Allegro, AMD, Analog Devices, Applied Materials, ASML, Global Foundries, II-VI Incorporated, HP,  IBM, Intel Corporation, Intersil, A Renesas Company, KLA, Maxim, Microchip, Metrigraphics, Micron Technology, Northrop Grumman, ON-Semiconductor, Qorvo, Samsung, Sandia National Labs, Skywater Technology, Texas Instruments, TRUMPF Photonics​, Vicor.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maria Pagani Wiegand, the career services coordinator who works with the Microelectronic Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Maria Pagani Wiegand, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5458
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603