Engineering Sciences MS: Focus on Microelectronic & Semiconductor Engineering

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Semiconductors are the delicate, wafer-thin microchips essential for all electronic devices. Semiconductors, electronic circuits, and microchips form the basis for new and evolving technologies. With the passage of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act, the United States is ready to retake a global lead in semiconductor research, development, and production. Significant expansion of this sector is expected in the next few years, with substantial employment opportunities for qualified engineers. This program provides the knowledge needed to compete for such opportunities.

Engineering Sciences MS (Focus on Microelectronic & Semiconductor Engineering)

The Engineering Science MS with a course focus in Microelectronic and Semiconductor Engineering has been developed to train students for innovative careers in the computing and electronics industry. As demand continues to outpace supply, engineers trained in this specific area have become increasingly critical to address the global chip shortage.

As the need for semiconductor chips increases globally, there will be a greater need for engineers who specialize in semiconductor-device and circuit design. The computer and electrical industries cannot function without semiconductors, and investments in these technologies are rising because of innovative applications like artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles. It is estimated that by 2026, the semiconductor industry will create 70,000 new direct jobs, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. Companies such as Booz Allen, Boeing, General Motors, Google, Hitachi, Honeywell, Intel, Kforce, Raytheon, and Stanley Black and Decker, are just a subset of companies that are aggressively seeking employees trained in microelectronics and semiconductor engineering. In fact, companies including Micron, Global Foundries and IBM have plans to invest millions of dollars in New York over the next several years.

Graduate level degrees are in demand in the semiconductor sector as well. Specifically, graduate degrees are held by 36% of semiconductor workers, compared to an average of 14% for all other occupations.

Aside from positions as electrical engineers, semiconductor and microelectronic engineers are found working in jobs such as computer engineers, software engineers, embedded systems engineers, integrated circuits engineers, manufacturing engineers and systems engineers.

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelors degree is required in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Materials Engineering/Science, or a closely related field.
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average: equivalent of a B or 3.0 (on a US scale) average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
  • GRE is not required.

Degree Program Specifics

Students will take 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.  Most students complete the program in three or four semesters.

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Course Requirements

Core courses:

EE 530 Fundamentals of Solid-State Devices

EE 553: Microelectronic Fabrication Lab

EE 588 Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Devices

EE 569 RF & Microwave Circuits I

EE591 Analog Integrated Circuits

Special Topics: Analog Subsystem Design

Optional Courses:

EE 512 Nanophotonics

EE 518 Quantum Mechanics for Engineers

EE 520 Quantum Computing & Devices

EE 522 Nanostructure Materials

EE 523 Nanotechnology & Science

EE 524: Intro to Nanostructures

EE 526: Wearable & Implantable Sensors

EE 528 BioMEMS & Lab-on-a-Chip

EE 549 Analog Integrated Circuit Layout

EE 555: Photonic Devices

EE 563 Semiconductor Materials

EE 567: Power Electronics

EE 574: RF / Microwave Circuits II

EE 640 Magnetic Materials & Technology

Special Topics: Materials Synthesis & Characterization

Special Topics: Digital & Mixed Signal Design

Special Topics: Intro to 2D Electronics

Special Topics: Semiconductor Device Physics

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