MS in VLSI Engineering

Department of VLSI Engineering

Master of Science in VLSI Engineering (MSVE) Program Overview

Missions and Purposes

The San Jose Polytechnic University (SJPU) Master of Science in VLSI Engineering (MSVE) degree is a graduate-level program designed for students who choose to pursue the advanced knowledge and the hands-on experience in the fields of hardware and VLSI systems. We will provide the best learning environment for graduate students to acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge in designing, developing, and supporting VLSI systems and applications.

Student Learning Objectives

The VLSI Engineering program has two main goals: (1) to develop breadth of understanding in the fundamental aspects of VLSI Engineering through core course work, and (2) to focus depth of state-of-the-art technology and industry needs through concentrating electives in VLSI Systems studies. The VLSI Engineering concentration covers the overall understanding of the VLSI design process. With the completion of the program, the students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire IC design flow methods and steps and know how each phase to support the development of a VLSI product.

Student Educational Outcomes

The San Jose Polytechnic University program educational objectives for the MSVE engineering program describe accomplishments that graduates are expected to have attained upon graduation. Graduates will have applied their expertise to contemporary problem solving, be engaged professionally, have continued to learn and adapt, and have contributed to their organizations through leadership and teamwork. More specifically, the objectives are expertise, engagement, learning, leadership and teamwork.

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate peer-recognized expertise together with the ability to articulate that expertise and use it for contemporary problem solving in the analysis, design, and evaluation of electrical and electronic devices and systems.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate engagement in the engineering profession, locally and globally, by contributing to the ethical, competent, and creative practice of engineering or other professional careers.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate sustained learning and adapting to a constantly changing field through graduate work, professional development, and self-study.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance professional and organizational goals, facilitate the achievements of others, and obtain substantive results.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a commitment to teamwork while working with others of diverse cultural and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

MSVE Degree Requirements

Thirty-six credit hours of course work with cumulative GPA 3.0 or above are required to award a MSVE degree by San Jose Polytechnic University. Students are required to complete 18 credit hours of core curriculum courses plus 18 credit hours of concentration electives in a specific related area. Core courses requirements will prepare students with general background in VLSI Engineering practices. Concentration electives will prepare students in particular functional areas. Currently SJPU MSVE degree program offers the concentration area, namely VLSI Engineering. To declare a concentration, students are required to complete 18 credits of course work in a designated area beyond core course requirements. Students do not have to select a concentration or, once chosen and started, do not necessarily have to complete the concentration in order to graduate.

MSVE Core Courses

All MSVE degree seeking students are required to complete 18 credits of core course to meet graduation requirements stated in the following:

VE 500 Computer Architecture (3 Credit Hours)

VE 501 Distributed Computing (3 Credit Hours)

VE 502 Computer Networks (3 Credit Hours)

VE 503 VLSI Design (3 Credit Hours)

VE 504 Embedded Systems Design (3 Credit Hours)

VE 505 Parallel Computing Systems (3 Credit Hours)

VLSI Engineering Concentration

Students declaring VLSI Engineering Concentration must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours and a maximum of 18 credit hours of course work in VLSI Systems electives. The available electives of VLSI Systems concentration are:

VE 510 SoC Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 511 Digital Logic Design Using Verilog ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 512 Logic Synthesis ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 513 IC Physical Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 514 Fundamental IC Layout Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 515 Advanced IC Layout Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 516 Physical Verification for Manufacturing ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 517 FPGA Design and Implementation ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 518 Low Power Systems Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 519 Wireless Design ( 3 Credit Hours)

VE 520 Nano Structures and Quantum Devices ( 3 Credit Hours)

Graduate Transfer Credit

SJPU accepts transfer credits up to a maximum of 9 qualified graduate level credits from other accredited universities located in US under the following conditions:

(a) The course was functionally equivalent to course offered by SJPU’s MSVE degree program.

(b) The course work appears on an Official Transcript as per admissions requirements.

(c) The course was a graduate level course and had been awarded graduate credit.

(d) The grade of the course was equivalent B or better.

(e) The course and credit was part of MSVE degree program and had not been used to obtain MSVE or other master degree prior to application to SJPU MSVE program.

(f) Graduate transfer credit is not automatic and is granted on a course by course basis only.