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Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits (MAS-IC) Online Degree Program
The MAS-IC is an online part-time degree program focused on developing an in-depth and advanced
knowledge in the field of Integrated Circuits, including but not restricted to the digital,
mixed-signal and radio-frequency domains. The program is targeted to working professionals who
are seeking to advance their careers by getting in-depth state-of-the-art knowledge and becoming
a true expert in the field of Integrated Circuits, which has revolutionized society over the past
five decades and will continue to do so even more in the decades to come.
Accreditation: UC Berkeley (including MAS-IC) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Students graduating from the program will be mastering, in both breadth and depth, the domain of Integrated Circuits, as taught by some of the most accomplished leaders and innovators in the field. Upon graduation, they will have acquired state-of-the-art analysis and design skills in the areas of digital, mixed-signal and RF circuits, complemented with knowledge in semiconductor devices, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and design automation. As such, they will be ready to take on leadership roles in a worldwide industry of major proportions ($320B revenue in 2011) that is going through rapid changes on a continuous basis, while enjoying a healthy growth.
Students can access degree course material through "asynchronous" Internet availability every day and every hour of the semester during which the course is offered. In addition, they will be confronted with challenging problems and will actively participate in collaborative projects. In this process, they will be guided and will engage in real-time ("synchronous delivery") with instructors and teaching assistants using the most-advanced communication and networking technologies offered by the Internet.
Students are expected to be proficient in performing Internet searches using browsers. They will be trained in the use of online library resources that are available. We will recommend that all students have high-speed Internet access and provide their own computer.
Courses and Completion Requirements
This video explains the MAS-IC curriculum:
The MAS-IC program offers 12 courses, clustered into three groupings: base, advanced and specialized. From these, a minimum of seven courses (24 units) is required for the degree with the following additional constraints:
- A maximum of 3 base courses - While the Base Courses are offered at the senior undergraduate level in Berkeley, most incoming graduate students tend to take these classes due to their already advanced nature compared to what is offered in most other schools.
- A minimum 3 out of 4 advanced courses - The material serves as a prerequisite for the corresponding follow-up courses in the Advanced Category, which represent the core of the material to be mastered under the MAS-IC heading. They include advanced topics in the domains of semiconductor devices, and digital, analog and radio-frequency circuits.
- A minimum of 1 specialized course - The Specialized Courses offer both breadth and depth by covering related areas (such as Computer-Aided Design for ICs and MEMS design) or specialized topics such as data converters and high-speed serial links.
- Completion of all unit requirements with a grade of at least a B in the final exam of each course.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- A grade of at least a B in the Master's Project selected as capstone.
- Completion within 2 calendar years from enrollment (maximum 3 years with approval).
- A student must rectify any Incomplete or In-Progress grades in required courses.
All students must select either an advanced or a specialized course for the fulfillment of their capstone project requirement. To serve as a capstone, the selected project in that course must be comprehensive, and include a final report and an oral presentation (delivered live, using online presentation technologies).
Admission is limited to students who hold the Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university of recognized standing and who have the appropriate preparation for advanced study in the domain of Integrated Circuits including mastery of content equivalent to EE 40 (Introduction to MicroElectronic Circuits) and EE 105 (MicroElectronic Devices and Circuits) courses.
The application is completely online and is currently open through the Graduate Division's website (under the name Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits) and is due by September 1, 2014. Admitted applicants will begin in January 2015.
MAS-IC has two admissions cycles:
- Spring semester deadline: September 1
- Fall semester deadline: February 1
We will be holding online info sessions for prospective students, companies, and organizations to learn more about the program.
For any of the dates below, please register here.
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 12:15-1pm Pacific time
- Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 3:15-4pm Pacific time
- Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:15-10am Pacific time
- Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:15-4pm Pacific time
- Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:15-1pm Pacific time
- The July 17 Info Session has been postponed until August.
- Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:15-4pm Pacific time
Tuition & Fees
Similar to other professional degree programs across campus, students pay approximately $2,200 per unit. There will be no differences in cost based on California residency. Tuition and fees may change each academic year.