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.
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.
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.
- A minimum 3 out of 4 advanced courses
- A minimum of 1 specialized course
- 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).