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Bachelor Degree Program in Microelectronic Engineering, RIT Dubai, UAE

Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai (RIT Dubai)


Opportunity Cover Image - Bachelor Degree Program in Microelectronic Engineering, RIT Dubai, UAE

Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities

Program overview

Semiconductor microelectronics technology remains important for the world economy. The semiconductor industry is a star performer in U.S. manufacturing. Fostering a vigorous semiconductor industry in our country is important for the nation’s economic growth, long-term security, and the preparation and maintenance of a capable high-tech workforce. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering developed the first Bachelor of Science degree in microelectronic engineering in the U.S., and the college continues to provide highly educated and skilled engineers for the semiconductor industry. RIT-Dubai is able to provide this program to its students in 2 years of academics in Dubai + 2 years of academics in NY campus of RIT + 1 year Coop experience. In this format students complete the basics course work in the first two years at RIT-Dubai before transferring to the RIT New York campus to complete the last three years.

One of the great challenges in integrated circuit manufacturing is the need to draw on scientific principles and engineering developments from such an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines. The design of microelectronic circuits requires a sound knowledge of electronics and circuit analysis. Optical lithography tools, which print microscopic patterns on wafers, represent one of the most advanced applications of the principles of Fourier optics. Plasma etching involves some of the most complex chemistry used in manufacturing today. Ion implantation draws upon understanding from research in high-energy physics. Thin films on semiconductor surfaces exhibit complex mechanical and electrical behavior that stretches our understanding of basic materials properties.

Scientists and engineers who work in the semiconductor field need a broad understanding of and the ability to seek out, integrate, and use ideas from many disciplines. The program provides the broad interdisciplinary background in electrical and computer engineering, solid-state electronics, physics, chemistry, materials science, optics, and applied math and statistics necessary for success in the semiconductor industry.


Microelectronic Engineering has 129 total credits to complete the program and begins with introductory courses in microelectronic engineering and microlithography (micropatterning) for integrated circuits. The first two years of the program build a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The fundamentals of statistics and their applications in the design of experiments, semiconductor device physics and operation, and integrated circuit technology are covered in the second year. This prepares students for their first cooperative education experience. The third year comprises the electrical engineering course work necessary for understanding semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The fourth and fifth years are dedicated to VLSI design, optics, microlithography systems and materials, semiconductor processing, professional electives, and a two-quarter capstone senior project. In the capstone course, students propose and conduct individual research/design projects and present their work at the Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference, which is organized by the department and well-attended by industrial representatives.

Total Semester Credit Hours

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information. (WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major. † The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Course Catalog

BS Microelectronic Engineering Flow Chart

More Information 

BS Microelectrionic Engineering Brochure Download 

Accelerated dual degree

A cross-disciplinary dual degree option is available. Students may earn a BS in microelectronic engineering from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an MS in materials science and engineering from the College of Science.

This unique option was inspired by trends involving convergence of advanced materials with nanofabrication and microelectronics in modern microdevices and systems. The five-year option requires the successful completion of 129 semester credits and includes a graduate thesis. One co-op is substituted for the graduate course work to make it an accelerated five-year option. A student may apply for admission to this option in the third year with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.

Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities

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May 04, 2016


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