Master of VLSI and Microelectronics

The purpose of this degree program is to prepare students for leading edge positions in industry in the areas of VLSI and microelectronics. The professional Master of VLSI and Microelectronics is a course-only degree program that prepares students for professional practice.

The admission requirements for this degree follow the existing admission requirements for other professional master’s degrees in the ECE department. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in electrical engineering may pursue the professional master’s degree, provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in undergraduate courses equivalent to Illinois Institute of Technology’s:

ECE 211
ECE 213
Circuit Analysis I
and Circuit Analysis II
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals and Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the ECE department.


Minimum Degree Credits 30
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 18
Maximum Short Courses ECE 700-Level Credit 4
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Core Courses (16)
ECE 425Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
ECE 523Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 525RF Integrated Circuit Design3
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3
Computer Engineering (3)
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Introduction to Computer Cyber Security3
Computer Cyber Security
Computer Organization and Design3
Computer Organization and Design
High Performance VLSI IC Systems3
Design and Optimization of Computer Networks3
Modern Internet Technologies3
High Speed Computer Arithmetic3
VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
Hardware Security and Advanced Computer Architectures3
Hardware/Software Codesign3
Hardware Acceleration for Machine Learning3
Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC3
Electronics (3)
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Communication Electronics3
Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
5G Wireless Network: Architecture, New Radio, and Security3
Quantum Electronics3
Advanced Electronic Circuit Design3
RF Integrated Circuit Design3
Active Filter Design3
Performance Analysis of RF Integrated Circuits3
Advanced Power Electronics3
Fiber-Optic Communication Systems3
Nanodevices and Technology3
Electron Devices3
Microwave Theory3
General Electives (8)
Select eight credit hours of electives from ECE 400-799 18
Total Credit Hours30

With adviser approval, the student may take up to two ECE courses in other areas of electrical and computer engineering, such as signal processing, communications, power and control.