Nanotechnology is an exciting field that is enabling solutions in alternative energy, electronic devices, medical diagnostics and therapeutics. Our Master’s degree prepares students for leadership roles in emerging high tech industries as well as traditional industries that utilize nanoscale phenomena.

The curriculum allows students to match their background and interests while preparing for exciting new challenges. Nanotechnology is a highly interdisciplinary field and students are able to take courses from the Schools of Engineering, Arts & Sciences and Business. The flexibility of the curriculum and the diversity of the student body create a dynamic learning environment.

Technical courses are organized into three core areas: synthesis, materials and nanofabrication; devices and fundamental properties; and biotechnology. In addition, courses are required in commercialization and entrepreneurship. Students design an individual curriculum or select a pre-designated plan in the areas listed above.

A research thesis is not a requirement of the Nanotechnology Master’s Degree. However, some students take advantage of the faculty affiliated with the Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC) to conduct independent research as an elective course unit.

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Students with science and engineering undergraduate degrees are eligible for admission to the Nanotechnology Master’s Degree program. A bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields is appropriate: physics, chemistry, bioengineering, materials science, electrical engineering, systems engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering and applied science. In addition, students with technology-oriented business backgrounds who have strong analytical skills and have taken science and engineering courses prior the application can apply.

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Nicholas Yiu: Voices of Penn Engineering Master’s Alumni

This is the third of our series of articles written by Penn Engineering alums about their experiences at Penn and how it shaped their lives. This article is by Nicholas Yiu, who graduated with a master’s in Nanotechnology in 2016.