A student working in a UAlbany nanotechnology lab.

Master of Science  in
Nanoscale Engineering

Program of Study


Because nanoscale engineering is highly interdisciplinary and our students come to the program from a range of science disciplines, all students enroll in a sequence of foundational courses that provide the core competencies necessary for success in nanoscale engineering and science fields. 

You’ll earn the rest of your credits through master’s level research, seminars and other nanoscale science and engineering courses, which are determined in part by which of seven tracks you choose to pursue.

Foundations of Nanotechnology Course Sequence

  • Chemical Principles of Nanotechnology
  • Foundations of Nanotechnology I, II, III & IV

Nanoscale Engineering Courses

Six credits relevant to your selected track as advised.

Master’s Level Research

  • Research in Nanoscale Science OR
  • Thesis in Nanosciences and Nanoengineering

Seminar or External Courses

Three credits as advised.

Nanoelectronics Engineering and Technology

Design, processing, fabrication, testing and integration of nanoelectronic structures and devices for incorporation in emerging gigascale and terascale integrated circuit systems and architectures. Development of integrated process modules for novel nanoelectronics materials.

Optoelectronics and Photonics Nanoengineering

Nanoengineering design, fabrication, testing and integration of integrated optoelectronic and photonic device structures using compound semiconductors. Testing and hybridization of optoelectronic/photonic devices in system-on-a-chip (SOC) and nano-electro-mechanical system (NEMS) architectures.

Spintronics Nanoengineering

Design, fabrication, testing and integration of spintronic device structures. Testing and hybridization of spintronic devices, including incorporation in system-on-a-chip (SOC) and nano-electro-mechanical system (NEMS) architectures.

NanoSystem Engineering and Technology

Design, fabrication, packaging and testing of nano/micro-electrical and nano/micro-opto-electrical mechanical components and nano/micro-fluidic components for incorporation in SOC architectures and systems.


Nanoengineering in Energy & Environmental Technologies

Development of nanotechnology engineering concepts for new and emerging applications in energy and environmental areas including fuel cells, solar cells, superconductors, sensors, power electronics, and supercapacitors.

Nanolithography Engineering and Technology

Design, development and engineering of nanolithography systems, components and processes. Development and engineering of materials and metrologies for nanolithography.

Nanobiology Engineering and Technology

Design, development and engineering of nanobiological systems, components and processes. Development and engineering of biomaterials and nano-bio-systems for SOC, nanomedicine and health applications.

Research and Facilities

As a student in the master’s in nanoscale engineering program at UAlbany, you’ll have access to the Albany NanoTech Complex, the most advanced nanotech center in North America. Gain hands-on experience inside an unmatched 1.65M square foot facility that houses a powerful ecosystem for education, development, tech acceleration, business incubation and prototyping. 

Available internship and research opportunities, many of which happen in cooperation with Albany NanoTech’s numerous onsite corporate partners, including IBM, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Lam Research, can lead to exciting career opportunities. 

In addition to the Albany NanoTech Complex, UAlbany’s College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering (CNSE) is also home to other research labs and programs:  

  • The Advanced Cybersecurity Research Lab, a hub for investigating cybersecurity, machine learning, and autonomic computing approaches.  
  • The New York State Data Center, a partnership between the New York State office of Information Technology and New York State Office of General Services that’s dedicated to making government IT operations and services more efficient and reliable. 
  • The Center for Advanced Semiconductor Power Electronics Research (CASPER), an organization working to advance power electronics based on wide bandgap materials.




Two researchers working in a UAlbany nanotechnology lab.
Career Outcomes

With a master’s in nanoscale engineering degree, you’ll be prepared for fast-growing nanoengineering fields that have transformed industry, from agriculture, food and medicine to automotive, environmental management and transportation. 

Through our research-focused curriculum, you’ll graduate equipped for a career as an engineer or scientist in areas like pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, forensics and government. Or follow in the footsteps of past UAlbany nanoscale engineering master’s students and pursue doctoral studies at UAlbany or another prestigious U.S. or international institution.


A student working with equipment in a UAlbany nanotechnology lab.



Job titles held by alumni of our nanoscale engineering programs:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician
  • Application/System Engineer
  • Business Intelligence
  • Characterization Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Device Engineer
  • Engineering Data Systems Developer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Packaging / Integration Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Senior Engineer Complex Analysis
  • Senior Manufacturing Operations Engineer
  • Senior Test Equipment Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1

Financial support for Masters students is dependent on availability of funding. 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1

Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • GRE General Test score is strongly recommended but not required. The department evaluates all aspects of the application, therefore a minimum score is not identified.

Available information for International Applicants.