Philosophy

Our program trains students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in industry - and we help you get there. We believe an advanced degree should help you land a job and prepare you for a successful career. Feedback from host companies has been overwhelmingly supportive of our unique system of education.

Program Overview

The program begins summer term with intensive course and lab work in one of three focus areas:

Photovoltaic & Semiconductor Device Processing
Optical Materials & Devices
Polymer Science

The course work and labs are designed to help students become more effective problem solvers in the industrial environment. Emphasis is also placed on developing soft skills, such as communication (oral and written), team work and leadership - skills critical for a successful career in industry. Professional skills development is a centerpiece of the program, including resume writing, interviewing and networking.

Students who successfully complete the summer course work will have the opportunity to interview for internships. Students selected by our company partners will complete a 9-month paid internship. Internship salaries in recent years have ranged from $3000-$5400/mo. Though internships are not guaranteed, historically close to 98% of our students have successfully completed internships and close to 90% receive regular job offers after their internships.

This unique program is a good fit for students who want to begin a career in industry OR gather more data before contemplating a Ph.D. If you think you may eventually pursue a Ph.D., this program allows you a chance to gain insight into industry and the myriad of opportunities it offers - and gather data as to what marketable skillset you might want to build in a doctoral program. Working in industry also allows you to build a network outside of academia to help you find a job when you graduate.

Academic background

The Master's Industrial Internship Program awards degrees in Chemistry and Applied Physics. Students entering the program typically have bachelor degrees in one of the following areas: chemistry, biochemistry, physics, chemical engineering or electrical engineering.

Program Timeline

There are 54 credits required to complete the program - 30 internship credits and 24 course-work credits. Classes begin summer term with intensive courses in the focus area. Students complete 12-16 of the required 24 graded courses summer term. At the UO, graduate courses are typically 4 credits. Students may complete remaining graded courses fall term and then begin internships in January - or start internships in the fall while taking the remaining graded courses at a university close to their place of employment (these credits are pre-approved and transferred in when completed). Below is a table with some typical completion timelines:

Term

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

Summer
12-16 graded
credits
12-16 graded
credits
12-16 graded
credits
Fall

8-12 graded
credits

10 internship
4 graded

10 internship
credits
Winter
10 internship
credits
10 internship
4 graded
10 internship
credits
Spring
10 internship
credits

10 internship
0-4 graded

10 internship
credits
Summer
10 internship
credits
XXXXX
8-12 graded
credits

Students must allow some flexibility for internship start dates as companies have different preferences. Students must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average in all graded graduate courses in order to graduate with a master's degree. For more information on graduate school requirements, visit their website: http://gradschool.uoregon.edu

Tuition
Tuition for summer term and internship credits for 2016/2017 is $525/credit (subject to change annually). These credits are run through Academic Extension and charged at the same rate for resident and non-resident students.

To complete the program, you will need a total of 54 credits, 24 of which must be graded graduate courses. 12-16 graded credits will be completed during summer term, depending on the track. The remaining 8-12 course credits may be completed at the same time as the internship, or before or after the internship. Tuition for these remaining credits will be charged at the regular graduate tuition rate of the institution at which you complete them. Please note that if you enroll for regular courses outside of summer term at the UO, you will be charged regular tuition rates and student fees in the term you register. There are some exceptions at the UO, including courses offered through CAMCOR fall term.

Tuition is due each term and must be paid in full before you can register for the following term. Students who have financial aid awards will not receive their awards until their registration forms are processed. Students must be registered by the second week of the term to continue in the program.

Note: All new students must pay a one-time matriculation fee the term they enter the UO (currently $389 - this is subject to change).

For information about financial aid, please contact the financial aid office at http://financialaid.uoregon.edu or 1-800-760-6953 / 541-346-3221.

For more information about how tuition works, feel free to contact Lynde Ritzow: lynde@uoregon.edu or 541-346-6835.