MICHIGAN ENGINEERING'S PARTNERSHIP WITH KLA
KLA and the University of Michigan College of Engineering have partnered since 2007 to leverage the educational resources of the College to create customized learning opportunities that support the personal learning goals of KLA employees while successfully advancing the talent development goals of the company. The partnership is designed to provide KLA engineers with technical leadership, depth in their own engineering discipline, breadth across engineering disciplines, knowledge of basic management issues, and the ability to influence and direct product development at a systems level. Through a broad array of online and on-campus courses, students will be well-prepared to tackle complex, large-scale systems challenges involving many stakeholders.
KLA employees have the following options to continue their engineering education with the top-ranked University of Michigan College of Engineering:
- Professional Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
Online through Nexus: Non-Candidate for Degree option only – for global KLA Employees
- Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design
Online through the Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) division – for global KLA Employees
- Master of Engineering in Electrical Computer Engineering
On Campus through the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) department – for Ann Arbor KLA Employees
- Individual Engineering Courses (visit KLA-Internal Enrollment Approval Site for this list)
Online or On Campus – ECE courses are mostly residential; others may be available online
How Do I Get Started?
Please submit the KLA Student Intent Form to briefly describe your continuing engineering education goals. This should be filled out each term. Please answer all the questions on the form. A Nexus representative will contact you within 48 hours to discuss your goals and help you get started.
- If you have identified a preferred degree program, Nexus will forward your request to the appropriate graduate coordinator who can provide more information about the admission requirements, curriculum, and applications and admissions processes.
- If you are interested in enrolling in either the Professional Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering, you will apply for a Non-Candidate-For-Degree (NCFD) admissions*. Likewise, if you are only interested in taking one or two courses without any intention of pursuing a master’s degree, you will also apply for NCFD admissions.
*It is important to know, however, that if you are admitted as an NCFD student, no more than six credits earned as an NCFD student may apply towards a master’s degree. Students seeking to apply NCFD credits to the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design or the Master’s in Electrical & Computer Engineering degrees must apply for the degree before enrolling for additional credits.
KLA Partnership Programs
Professional Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
- Broaden the perspective of engineers by teaching a top-down interdisciplinary engineering approach for the development, design, and manufacturing of complex systems, and balancing the trade-offs required to successfully build these systems.
- Strengthen the technical competence and depth of professionals by teaching advanced skills in their engineering disciplines, and by infilling courses in engineering outside of their primary engineering areas.
- Students must obtain 12-credits to earn the certificate.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or a related field
- Completion of prerequisite courses (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in a course
- KLA students must be enrolled through U-M as Non-Candidate-For-Degree (NCFD) student in order to complete the professional certificate. NCFD status can be changed in a subsequent semester, and allows qualified students to begin their studies before completing a degree application.
NCFD Admissions Process
Non-Credit-For-Degree (NCFD) applications must be completed (including received transcripts) at least two weeks before the semester begins. Your completed applications must be submitted to the College of Engineering no later than November 1, 2023 for Winter 2024. However, applying sooner will ensure all materials are received well before the semester.
- Online Application*
- Application fee
- Statement of Purpose with emphasis on program of study
- All Official Transcripts (these should be requested as soon as possible so they arrive in time to be processed)
Transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Student Affairs, 145A Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
*Note: NCFD professional certificate applicants do not need to include other application documents, such as letters of recommendation, etc.
Certificate Time Limit
A minimum set of courses must be completed within five years of your start date to be eligible for the professional certificate. Credits may be applied toward a graduate degree for up to five years after earning the credits.
For Admitted Students
After approval of NCFD status, students may make their course selections via the KLA registration button below.
Winter 2024 courses begin January 10, 2024.
Professional Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering - Courses of Study
*Must obtain 12 credits to earn the certificate with a grade of B or better.
ISD 520 – Introduction to Systems Engineering (available Spring/Summer & Fall 2023)
Elective Options (Select 3)
IOE 461 – Quality Engineering Principles and Analysis (Six Sigma Black Belt Course) (available Fall 2023)
ISD 521 – Development and Verification of System Design Requirements (available Fall 2023)
ISD 522 – Systems Engineering Architecture and Design
ISD 523 – Risk Analysis 1
ISD 527 – Designing in Quality: A Design for Six Sigma
ISD 528 – Advanced Design for Manufacturability
MECHENG 555 – Design Optimization
MECHENG 587 – Global Manufacturing (available Fall 2023)
MFG 515/NAVARCH 514 – Fatigue of Structures
Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design
Note: No more than six credits earned as an NCFD student may apply towards a master’s degree. Students seeking to apply NCFD credits to the Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering + Design degree must apply for the degree before enrolling for additional credits.
Requires 30 Total Credits of Coursework with:
- At least 24 credits in letter graded (A-E) courses.
- At most 6 credits may be in letter graded (A-E) approved courses at the 400 level.
- At least 6 credits toward a practicum (graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).
- All courses are offered online.
To see the full curriculum and courses of study, visit the degree page or contact the graduate coordinator at email@example.com.
After being admitted into the graduate degree program please register through the button below. Make sure to only register for approved KLA courses. The courses in the SE+D graduate degree have been approved by KLA. If you have any questions please follow-up with your KLA representative.
Master's in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
Note: No more than six credits earned as an NCFD student may apply towards a master’s degree. Students seeking to apply NCFD credits to the Master’s in Electrical & Computer Engineering degree must apply for the degree before enrolling for additional credits.
EECS 411 – Microwave Circuits I -Fall courses
EECS 421 – Properties of Transistors -Fall courses
EECS 423 – Solid-State Device Laboratory -Fall courses
EECS 434 – Principles of Photonics -Fall courses
EECS 438 – Advanced Lasers and Optics Laboratory -Winter/Fall courses
EECS 442 – Computer Vision -Winter/Fall courses
EECS 460 – Control Systems Analysis and Design -Winter/Fall courses
EECS 461 – Embedded Control Systems -Winter/Fall courses
EECS 498 – Special Topics -Winter/Fall courses
*Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
EECS 501 – Probability and Random Processes -Winter/Fall courses
EECS 516 – Medical Imaging Systems -Fall courses
EECS 517 – Physical Processes in Plasmas -Fall courses
EECS 520 – Solid State Physics -Fall courses
EECS 523 – Digital Integrated Technology -Fall courses
EECS 524 – Organic Electronics -Winter courses
EECS 529 – Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs -Fall courses
EECS 530 – Electromagnetic Theory I -Fall courses
EECS 537 – Classical Optics -Fall courses
EECS 538 – Optical Waves in Crystals -Fall courses
*Prerequisite equivalency approvals for non-UM courses will be granted based on the transcripts submitted in your application.
After being admitted into the graduate degree program please register through the button below. Make sure to only register for approved KLA courses. The courses listed above have been approved by KLA. If you have any questions please follow-up with your KLA representative.
Continuing Education Course Offerings
EECS 301– Probabilistic Methods in Engineering (On Campus) -Winter courses
EECS 334 – Principles of Optics (On Campus) -Winter courses
*Prerequisite: PHYSICS 240
EECS 434 – Principles of Photonics (On Campus or Online) -Fall courses
EECS 442 – Computer Vision (On Campus) -Winter courses
EECS 460 – Control Systems Analysis and Design (On Campus) -Winter courses
*Prerequisite: EECS 216 or graduate standing
EECS 501 – Probability and Random Processes (On Campus) -Winter courses
*Prerequisite: EECS 301 or graduate standing
EECS 550 – Information Theory (On Campus) -Fall courses
EECS 551 – Matrix Methods for Signal Processing Data Analysis and Machine Learning (On Campus) -Fall courses
- Backpack opens: November 6, 2023
- Registration starts: November 13, 2023
- Classes start: January 10, 2024
- Drop/add deadline for first-seven-week session classes: January 23, 2024
- Drop/add deadline for full term classes: January 30, 2024
- Backpack opens: March 27, 2024
- Registration starts: April 3, 2024
- Classes start: May 7, 2024
- Drop/add deadline for spring half term classes: May 20, 2024
- Drop/add deadline for spring/summer term classes: May 28, 2024