New Master of Science in Semiconductor Technology (MaST) Degree Approved by the New York State Education Department

Posted March 7, 2024
Master of Science in Semiconductor Technology
Master in Semiconductor Technology at Rensselaer
The New York Education Department has approved a new Master of Science degree in Semiconductor Technology (MaST) launched by the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) Department. The MaST program is designed to be highly flexible to accommodate students with diverse STEM backgrounds and to prepare them for successful careers in semiconductor and micro-nanoelectronics research and industrial practice.

Rensselaer is launching a Master of Semiconductor Technology (MaST) degree, led by the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) Department. MaST is a non-thesis post-bachelor’s degree program intended for those who wish to enter the semiconductor industry upon completion or engage in advanced research. The program is designed to reflect the broad range of needs and the interdisciplinary nature of the semiconductor field. The program includes core areas such as Semiconductor Devices and Processing, Circuits and Systems Design, and Power Electronics. Completion of three courses in any of these areas will also earn a certificate of completion. The degree requires a set of semiconductor courses from the core areas and interdisciplinary elective courses. Students entering the program will typically hold an accredited bachelor’s degree in engineering or science, e.g., Electrical, Computer and Systems, Chemical, Materials, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering, as well as Computer Science or Physics. Substantial tuition scholarships are available to highly qualified MaST applicants.

Key requirements of the MaST degree include: 

  • 30 total credits with a least 18 credits taken at the 6000 (graduate) level and up to 12 credits taken at the 4000 (advanced undergraduate) level. 
  • 12 to 15 credits of core courses 
  • 12 to 18 credits from interdisciplinary electives 
  • Optional: up to 6 Master’s project credits, up to 3 credits of Independent Study