U.S. economic security critically depends on developing talent pipeline in this vital field.

In the next five years, a minimum of 50,000 trained semiconductor engineers will be needed in the United States to meet the overwhelming and rapidly growing demand. Purdue University is answering that call with a comprehensive set of innovative, interdisciplinary credentials and degrees in semiconductors and microelectronics.

Purdue’s comprehensive new Semiconductor Degrees Program (SDP) is a suite of innovative credentials and degrees that will educate both graduate and undergraduate students, enabling a quick ramp-up of skilled talent and creating the next-generation of semiconductor workforce to reassert American preeminence in this critical industry.

Purdue’s semiconductor and microelectronics program includes these special features:

Semiconductor degrees program circle graphic.

Type of Degree or Credential
Interdisciplinary, 6-in-1 MS degree
Graduate concentration (MS and Ph.D.)
Stackable certificates
Undergraduate concentration and minor
Semiconductors 101 freshman course

Online Degrees and certificates

The above-mentioned credentials and degrees are expected to be are available both for on-campus and online students. You may already earn fully online Master’s Degrees and credentials in these areas and transfer them to the new degrees during your studies.

For more details, please check the following links:

MSECE Online

Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering

Online Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering, major in Microelectronics and Semiconductors


A unique and distinguishing feature of the master’s program is our suite of 1-credit courses which has been developed and is being expanded to meet the needs of potential students and their prospective employers. Several courses from this suite of courses are available for the semiconductor concentration and additional courses are available to provide significant breadth for students in the program.

Email semiconductors@purdue.edu for information.
The following courses are already available for students to take. Additional courses will be added here as academic approvals are obtained. Please check back for updates.
Devices and Manufacturing Focus
Core Requirement (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - Semiconductor Fundamentals (1 credit)
ECE 59500 - Fundamentals of Current Flow (1 credit)
ECE 59500 - Essentials of Transistors (1 credit)
ECE 60600 - Fundamentals of Semiconductors (3 credits)
ECE 61200 - Advanced VLSI Devices (Nanoscale Transistors) (3 credits)
ECE 50616 - Physics and Manufacturing of Solar Cells (3 credits)
ECE 60614 - Reliability Physics of Nanoelectronic Transistors (3 credits)
ECE 55900 - MOS VLSI Design (3 credits)
ECE 55700 - Integrated Circuit/MEMS Fabrication Laboratory (3 credits)
ECE 69500 - RF Design, Passive and Active Components (1 credit)
Core Requirement (3 credits)
ECE 55900 - MOS VLSI Design (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - CMOS Analog IC Design (3 credits)
ECE 69500 - High-Speed Mixed-Signal IC Design (3 credits)
ECE 69500 - Advanced VLSI Design (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - Semiconductor Fundamentals (1 credit)
ECE 59500 - Essentials of Transistors (1 credit)
ECE 60420 - Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (3 credits)
ECE 69500 - Primer on RF Design (1 credit)
ECE 69500 - RF System Design (1 credit)
Core Requirement (3 credits)
ECE 55900 - MOS VLSI Design (3 credits)
ECE 69500 - System-on-chip Design (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - Digital Systems Design Automation (3 credits)
ECE 56800 - Embedded Systems (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - Semiconductor Fundamentals (1 credit)
ECE 69500 - Advanced VLSI Design (3 credits)
ECE 59500 - Applied Algorithms (3 credits)
To learn more about Purdue Semiconductor Degrees, please email semiconductors@purdue.edu.
To apply to Purdue go to https://www.purdue.edu/purdue/admissions.

Purdue's comprehensive new Semiconductor Degrees Program (SDP) is a suite of innovative credentials and degrees that will educate both graduate and undergraduate students, enabling a quick ramp-up of skilled talent and creating the next-generation of semiconductor workforce to reassert American preeminence in this critical industry. We are pleased to have the endorsement of so many industry leaders.

“I am pleased to hear about the new graduate and undergraduate credentials and degrees on microelectronics and semiconductors being launched at Purdue University. These innovative and much-needed initiatives will play a key role in satisfying the voracious demand for skilled talent in the semiconductor industry. I am confident that graduates from this program will be in much demand at Lattice and other companies in our industry.”

– Jim Anderson, President and CEO, Lattice Semiconductor

“As one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers based in the U.S., GlobalFoundries strongly supports the efforts to grow U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturing. We recognize that to accomplish this goal, the shortage of semiconductor talent in the U.S. is a critical challenge the nation must address. I am pleased and encouraged to see Purdue University step up to this challenge by introducing a comprehensive set of degrees and credentials that will prepare students for exciting careers in semiconductors. We look forward to partnering with Purdue as these programs ramp up to support microelectronics across the U.S.”

– Thomas Caulfield, CEO and President, GlobalFoundries

“Today, semiconductors are more strategically and economically important to the world than ever and we need to significantly scale up the talent pipeline to support the future growth of our industry. Applied Materials is delighted to see Purdue University helping lead the charge to educate the tens of thousands of new engineers our industry needs through new degrees and credentials focused on microelectronics and semiconductors. We look forward to welcoming this next generation of innovators.”

– Gary Dickerson, President and CEO, Applied Materials, Inc.

“Every aspect of human existence is becoming digital, and everything digital runs on semiconductors. Increasing access to semiconductor and microelectronics education is essential for building a talented, diverse pipeline of future technologists. Intel plans to invest $100 million over the next decade to build a skilled semiconductor workforce in collaboration with universities, community colleges, and the NSF. I’m excited about Purdue’s educational credentials focused on semiconductors and microelectronics, including the new interdisciplinary master’s degree. With these timely and high-impact initiatives, Purdue is leading the way in bridging the skills gap and addressing the shortage of skilled human talent in the semiconductor industry.”

– Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel

“For three and a half decades, Synopsys has provided innovative design automation technology and products that catalyze the potential of semiconductor chips. Today, an exciting new era of microelectronics characterized by both scale and systemic complexity is beginning, and Purdue’s new degrees and credentials will equip students with the practical skills needed in this new age. This initiative leads the way with the kind of comprehensive, innovative program that design automation and semiconductor companies, as well as the electronics ecosystem, critically need.”

– Aart de Geus, Chairman and CEO, Synopsys

“AI is the most impactful technology of our time. The automation of intelligence expands humanity’s potential, enabling once-unimagined advances across science, industry and even the arts. Leadership in this era will require a new generation of engineers and computer scientists. It’s exciting to see Purdue establish this program to prepare students for this challenge, enabling them to help shape fields from autonomous vehicles and robots to healthcare and climate science, and improve our world.”

– Jensen Huang, President and CEO, NVIDIA

“It is essential for the United States to be a self-sufficient leader in semiconductor technology, which provides the foundation for the modern world and will lead to new innovations in critical industries. Purdue University’s new credentials and degrees in microelectronics and semiconductors will help ensure that we have the large, skilled workforce that is needed to power the nation’s semiconductor future.”

– Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM

“Semiconductor manufacturing requires a vast array of highly engineered and advanced materials and chemistries. CMC Materials and other leading materials companies look forward to supporting the expansion of semiconductors in the United States and globally. For the bold innovation in critical materials that is needed to advance technology and increase performance, a new generation of semiconductor engineers is critically needed. Purdue’s new degrees and credentials will help students develop the depth and breadth needed for an exciting new era of technology that is just beginning. Kudos to Purdue for stepping up to address this key challenge for the U.S. semiconductor industry. Go Boilers!”

– David Li, President and CEO, CMC Materials

“TSMC looks forward to being part of the resurgence of semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. Success in this ambitious and critically important undertaking will require a much-expanded semiconductor talent with the knowledge and skills needed to innovate in a post-Moore’s Law era. Purdue’s innovative and comprehensive new suite of semiconductor degrees and credentials is exactly what is needed – at exactly the right time. We at TSMC look forward to working with Purdue to make this program a model for the nation.”

– Mark Liu, Chairman, TSMC

“Differentiated technologies that address a growing diversity of applications will characterize the next wave of electronics. This next wave will be driven by creative engineers with a broad understanding of microelectronics from materials, devices, and circuits to systems, packaging, and qualification. SEMI is delighted to partner with Purdue as part of the American Semiconductor Academy initiative, and I am pleased to see the university leading the way with the kind of comprehensive and innovative program that the semiconductor industry critically needs.”

– Ajit Manocha, President and CEO, SEMI

“Semiconductors are the backbone of our digital society and global economy. Increasing investment in semiconductor education to train the next generation of technologists is vitally important for the long-term health and success of our industry. Purdue University’s new graduate and undergraduate credentials and degree programs in semiconductors and microelectronics can serve as an incubator for the ideas and innovations of tomorrow. We strongly support this initiative and look forward to welcoming Purdue graduates to Marvell in the future.”

– Matt Murphy, President and CEO, Marvell

“The foundation of U.S. semiconductor leadership is America’s talented technology workforce. It is critical we support and strengthen this workforce by creating, promoting, and investing in policies and programs that enable the training and retention of skilled semiconductor talent. I am thrilled Purdue University is taking a bold step in this mission with the creation of its new credentials and degrees focused on microelectronics and semiconductors at the undergraduate and graduate level. We strongly support these exciting and innovative initiatives.”

– John Neuffer, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

“Recent events have taught us all how critical chips are and how fragile supply chains can be, but a re-energized U.S. microelectronics landscape will require more than just building more fabs. As Moore’s Law slows, new ways to advance the performance of electronics systems are needed, and this will require a new generation of bold and creative semiconductor engineers to pioneer equally as bold and creative semiconductor devices. I applaud Purdue in addressing this challenge with a comprehensive set of new semiconductor degrees and credentials that will help prepare a new generation of semiconductor engineers and address a critical need for Nantero and other companies.”

– Rob Snowberger, CEO, Nantero

“SkyWater sees tremendous value in partnering with Purdue University. They have tremendous faculty, researchers, and facilities around semiconductor creation. Their student body is developing into the workforce of the future, and with the new degree programs dedicated to semiconductors, those are just the graduates that SkyWater needs.”

– Thomas Sonderman, President and CEO, SkyWater

“We are entering an exciting new era of semiconductors with unprecedented demand driven by the need to execute artificial intelligence (AI) compute workloads. Graphcore is transforming the AI compute domain through innovative technologies that are going to be transformative across all industries and sectors with a real potential for positive societal impact from drug discovery and disaster recovery to decarbonization. Sustaining the rapid pace needed to have such an impact is going to require a big increase in the size of the semiconductor talent pool. I am excited to see Purdue leading the mission to educate the next generation of semiconductor workforce leaders by launching an innovative set of credentials and degrees. I expect this initiative to be a real difference-maker.”

– Nigel Toon, CEO, Graphcore

“Electronics is more and more often the differentiating factor in products, but the cost and complexity of design is exploding. As Efabless works to make custom chip design affordable and accessible to more companies, a critical challenge is the shortage of microelectronic talent. I applaud Purdue University for stepping up to this challenge. Purdue’s new degrees and credentials meet prospective talent where they are with education and opportunity. This will help the next generation of students develop the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for an exciting new era of electronics.”

– Mike Wishart, CEO, Efabless

“We, at SRC, have sponsored more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate research scholars and have a stated mission of building a diverse, inclusive, and highly trained workforce for tomorrow. Purdue’s new credentials and degrees on microelectronics and semiconductors represent excellent and much-needed initiatives in semiconductor workforce development. We have a strong partnership with Purdue in the microelectronics revolution and look forward to further expanding this partnership to address the enormous possibilities for the industry and our country.”

– Todd R. Younkin, President and CEO, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)


The Purdue College of Engineering is proud to announce the Semiconductors Degree Leadership Board, established to provide visionary input for our semiconductors educational programs. We are also honored by the endorsement received from many corporate leaders for our industry-defining workforce development programs for microelectronics and semiconductors. Find a list of endorsement quotes.

The members are:

Gregg Bartlett, SVP Technology, Engineering & Quality, GlobalFoundries

Bill Chappell, CTO Azure Global and VP of Mission Systems, Microsoft

Debra Delise, VP of Security Products and Technology Analog Devices, Inc

Brian Dunlap, Vice President of 300mm Fab Operations, Texas Instruments

Keyvan Esfarjani, Chief Global Operations Officer and EVP, Intel

Sudhir Gopalswamy, Chief Strategy Officer, onsemi

Deirdre Hanford, Chief Security Officer, Synopsys

Brian Harrison, Senior Vice President, TSMC Arizona

Raghib Hussain, President of Products and Technology, Marvell

Mohammed Kassem, CTO, Efabless

Mukesh Khare, VP of Hybrid Cloud, IBM

Steve Kosier, EVP, Chief Technology Officer, SkyWater

Matt Massengill, Chairman of the Board and former CEO, Western Digital

Om Nalamasu, CTO and Senior VP, Applied Materials

John Neuffer, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association

Alexander Ocsilowski, President, Tokyo Electron Technology Center America

Jong Hoon Oh, EVP and Head of U.S. R&D, SK Hynix

Mark Papermaster, CTO and EVP, AMD

Adam Peters, Chief Executive Officer, North America, Air Liquide Group

Nirmal Ramaswamy, VP, Micron

Tom Rueckes, CTO, Nantero

Charlie Schadewitz, VP of Global Operations, Cadence

Ian Steff, President and CEO, mySilicon Compass

Edward Tiedemann, SVP of Engineering, Qualcomm


Ronnie Vasishta, SVP Telecom, NVIDIA

Patrick Wilson, VP of Government Relations, MediaTek

Philip Wong, Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor, ECE, Stanford University

Jie Xue, VP Supply Chain Operations, Cisco Systems

Anthony Yen, VP, ASML Technology Development Center