Energy Engineering

Master's Program

Master of Science Degree Program in Energy Engineering

The UMass Lowell graduate program in Energy Engineering offers professional training at the master's degree level designed to prepare the student to perform state-of-the-art work on energy systems. There are two options:

  • Renewable (Solar) Engineering 
  • Nuclear Engineering

The programs are designed to achieve a balance between hands-on experience and theory. Energy engineering involves subject matter and draws students from all branches of engineering, science, mathematics and economics.

Thesis, Project, and Course-Only Requirements

There are three pathways to earning an MS degree in Energy Engineering:

Thesis: 30 credits - 24 credits of courses (15 credits from core), plus 6 credits of thesis,

Project: 30 credits - 27 credits of courses (15 from core), plus 3 credits of project

Course-Only: 30 credits - all from courses (15 from core, none from thesis or project credits)

A student's thesis or project work must be defended in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis/project committee. A thesis is usually more formal and more comprehensive than a Master's project. 

Course Requirements

Students may choose to specialize in any area of interest in the college related to the energy field. Each student must take a series of core courses appropriate for the area of specialization. The exact makeup of the core curriculum will be guided and approved by the Graduate Committee of the Energy Engineering program. All students working toward the Master of Science Degree in Energy Engineering must take the following core courses:

  • 24.504 Energy Engineering Workshop 
  • 24.509 System Dynamics 
  • 10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena

Renewable (Solar) Option: required courses

  • 22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization 
  • 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering

Nuclear Option: required courses

  • 24.505 Nuclear Reactor Physics 
  • 24.507 Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis

The remainder of the course requirements are to be made up of elective courses which should be approved by the appropriate graduate coordinator. In addition to the course and credit requirements above, all students working toward the M.S. degree are required to participate in the Graduate Research Seminar, 24.601/602.

The courses that are typically taken as elective courses include, but are not restricted to: 

  • 10/24.539 Mathematical Methods for Engineers 
  • 92.545 Partial Differential Equations 
  • 92.530 Applied Math 
  • 10.510 Advanced Separation Processes 
  • 10.520 Advanced Thermodynamics 
  • 22.540 Conduction Heat Transfer 
  • 22.541 Radiation Heat Transfer 
  • 22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer 
  • 22.513 Finite Element Methods  
  • 22.546 Computational Thermofluids I 
  • 22.528 PV Manufacturing 
  • 10.506 Colloidal, Interfacial and Nanomaterials Science and Engineering 
  • 10.508 Material Science and Engineering 
  • 10.523 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials 
  • 10.525 Design and Packaging of Materials 
  • 10.535 Principles of Cell and Microbe Cultivation 
  • 16.513 Control Systems 
  • 16.584 Probability and Random Processes 
  • 22.556 Stochastic Processes 
  • 22.573 Manufacturing Systems (Operations Research) 
  • 22.554 Dynamic Systems and Control 
  • 16.515 Power Electronics 
  • 16.528 Alternative Energy Systems 
  • 87.572 Energy and the Environment 
  • 95.537 Geometrical Optics 
  • 95.538 Physical Optics 
  • 95.577 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices 
  • 95.539 Electro-Optics

For additional information, contact the graduate coordinator for Solar Engineering or the graduate coordinator for Nuclear Engineering.

Bachelor's-Master's Program available for current UMass Lowell undergraduates.