Program named among top online engineering master's programs

Microelectronics manufacturing engineering program prepares students for careers in the semiconductor industry

Rochester Institute of Technology’s master’s program in microelectronics manufacturing engineering has been recognized as one of the 30 best online master’s in engineering degree programs from private colleges in 2018. The program, ranked 27th overall by, provides a broad-based education for students pursuing careers in the semiconductor industry who hold bachelor’s degrees in traditional engineering or other science disciplines. Online master’s programs like microelectronics manufacturing engineering, as well as the Micromasters and advanced certificates offered through RIT Online, provide professionals flexible options to advance their careers.

RIT Online currently offers 40 master’s degrees, Micromasters and advanced certificates to provide professionals the flexibility they need to obtain a degree and advance their careers.

Rob Pearson, director of microelectronics engineering programs at RIT, said that the unique microelectronics manufacturing engineering program has been offered online for nearly 20 years and fills an important niche in the industry.

“There are very few colleges that have online courses in this area,” said Pearson. “We’ve served people from Japan, Europe, California and all over the United States through our online program. The places around the world where the semiconductor work is being done are not necessarily in Rochester. People that are in this field can’t always drop everything, come to Rochester, take two years of classes and then go back. It’s important to be able to deliver the content they need where they are.”

The microelectronics manufacturing engineering program is one of 17 master’s degrees RIT currently offers online.

“This ranking is just one more indicator of how progressive RIT is in offering flexible options for graduate education,” said Twyla Cummings, dean of Graduate Education. “The online master’s in microelectronics manufacturing engineering affords working professionals from all over the world an opportunity to take advantage of an outstanding curriculum and achieve an excellent credential. This is just the kind of educational experience that more and more people are seeking.”

More information about the online master’s in microelectronics manufacturing engineering is available at

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