Hello everyone, I graduated with a BSEE in 2008 and tried a PhD program in EE (semicon device specialization) for a while but it didn't work out. I struggled with an illness that forced me to drop out. I have been working in industry (NOT The semicon industry) since leaving the PhD program. Now I would like to get get into the semiconductor (either on the manufacturing side or design/verifification/validation side) industry but this industry is not in my geographic area and my lack of a formal masters in this subject is holding me back, even though I do have part of the masters done. I am thinking about finishing the masters online at the program I started the PhD, but this would cost about 18K in tuition (I think I can transfer in some of the other credits I earned) OR I could do an IC technology or IC design certificate through UC Berkeley Extension. This is only ~3.5K (not including course materials) but it might not be as useful of a credential as a full blown masters in EE. How credible is the cert from UC Berkeley Extension? What do you think? What is the best way to break into the semiconductor industry? I did interview at Intel a couple years back but I didn't get the job. I haven't been able to land any other interviews in the semiconductor industry since then, perhaps because I lack a masters in the semiconductor field, my geographic location and the fact that my BSEE is from a school not well know to the semiconductir industry. What do you suggest I do to break into this industry? Thanks for your help.