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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

The program has a number of outcomes for its students:

  • 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, and 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.

Program prerequisites include a bachelor of science degree in engineering (such as electrical or microelectronic engineering), including an introductory course in device physics. Students who do not have these prerequisites can take courses during their first semester of study and still complete the MS degree in two years. Prerequisite courses do not count toward the required graduate courses.