Integrated microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors drive our global economy, increase our productivity, and help improve our quality of life. Semiconductor and photonic devices impact virtually every aspect of human life, from communication, entertainment, and transportation to health, solid-state lighting, and solar cells. RIT’s microelectronic engineering program is considered a world leader in the education of semiconductor process engineers.
The microelectronic engineering masters provides a unique combination of physics, chemistry, and engineering in a state-of-the-art facility to prepare graduates for the real world. With internationally renowned professors with years of experience, courses are grounded in reality – practical skill and advanced theory, combine for comprehensive learning. Put your knowledge to work with a microelectronic engineering master from RIT.
The objective of the MS 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.
- 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, 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.
Plan of study
The MS degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a minimum of 32 semester credit hours, including a 6 credit hour thesis.
The program consists of six core courses, two graduate electives, 2 credits of graduate seminar, and a six-credit thesis. The curriculum is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in microelectronic engineering. Students who have an undergraduate degree in microelectronic engineering develop a custom course of study with their graduate adviser.
A thesis is undertaken once the student has completed approximately 20 semester credit hours of study. Planning for the thesis, however, should begin as early as possible. Generally, full-time students should complete their degree requirements, including thesis defense, within two years (four academic semesters and one summer term).
- Electronic and Computer Hardware
Typical 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
The BS program in microelectronic engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.
Microelectronic Engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence
- MCEE-601 Microelectronic Fabrication
- MCEE-602 Semiconductor Process Integration
- MCEE-603 Thin Films
- MCEE-605 Lithography Materials and Processes
- MCEE-732 Microelectronics Manufacturing
- MCEE-795Microelectronics Research Methods
- Graduate Elective
- MCEE-704 Physical Modeling of Semiconductor Devices
- MCEE-790 MS Thesis
- Graduate Elective
To be considered for admission to the MS program in microelectronic engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete a graduate application.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in engineering or a related field.
- Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
- Submit scores from the GRE. (RIT graduates exempt.)
- Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
- 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.