MAS-IC Student Guide

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department decided to discontinue the department's online program, "Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits".  The program began in 2012 and the last cohort was admitted in spring 2017.  The program will remain active until all current students have been given the opportunity to complete the degree.  However, no new students will be admitted.  Further questions of the program should be directed to Michael Sun at msun86@eecs.berkeley.edu.


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 MAS-IC program offers 12 courses clustered into three groupings: base, advanced and specialized. From these, a minimum of seven courses 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  advanced content 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.

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 (Plan II) report and an oral presentation (delivered live, using online presentation technologies).  Students need to inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester if they intend to use a course for their capstone.

Degree Checklist

Have you:

  • Completed 24+ units of coursework?
  • Advanced to M.A.S. Candidacy?
  • Filed your capstone report with the Department?
  • Completed the EECS Exit Survey?

You should check to make sure that you receive grades for all required courses. Missed deadlines or bureaucratic snafus may lead to a delay in receiving your degree.

Contact the Masters Student Services Advisor

Michael Sun
205 Cory Hall
Email for Current Students: msun86@eecs.berkeley.edu

Email for Admissions: MengAdmissions@eecs.berkeley.edu