Philosophy

Our program trains students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in industry - and 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 four focus areas:

Photovoltaic & Semiconductor Device Processing
Optical Materials & Devices
Polymer Science
Molecular Probes & Sensors

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 with partner companies. 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 within three months of finishing their internships.

This unique program is a good fit for students who want to begin a career in industry OR hope to 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 skill set 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 55 credits required to complete the program - 30 internship credits and 25 course-work credits. Classes begin summer term with intensive courses in the focus area. Students complete 17 of the required 25 graded courses summer term. At the UO, graduate courses are typically 4 credits. Summer term students complete four core track classes (4 credits per class) and one professional development class (1 credit). 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. Scenario 3 is not recommended as most students receive job offers at the end of their internships:

Term

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

Summer
17 graded
credits
17 graded
credits
17 graded
credits
Fall

8 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

10 internship
credits
Summer
10 internship
credits
XXXXX
8 graded
credits

Students should expect some variability in 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 2019/2020 is $556/credit (subject to change annually). These credits are charged at the same rate for resident and non-resident students.

To finish the program, students will complete a total of 55 credits, 24 of which must be graded graduate courses. 16 graded credits and one professional development credit will be completed during summer term, depending on the track. The remaining 8 course credits may be completed at the same time as the internship, or before or after the internship.

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 $430 - 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.