Programs of Study

Master of Science in Energy Engineering

The master of science in energy engineering concentration represents a unique multidisciplinary program that is administered jointly by the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department. The energy engineering program has two master's degree options: solar engineering and nuclear engineering.

The program prepares students to perform state-of-the-art engineering work on energy systems by achieving a balance between hands-on experience and theory. Energy engineering draws students from all branches of engineering, physics, mathematics, and economics.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell on-line Graduate Academic Catalog.

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 must take a series of core courses appropriate for the area of specialization. The exact makeup of the student's 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 courses:

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

For the Solar Option, the following are required:

  • 22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Utilization
  • 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering

The following courses are required for the Nuclear Option:

  • 24.505 Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • 24.507 Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis

In addition to the course and credit requirements described above, all students working toward the master of science degree are required to participate in the Graduate Research Seminar, 24.601/602.

The remainder of the course requirements is to be made up of elective courses, approved by the appropriate graduate coordinator.

Elective Courses

The following courses have been taken as electives but choice is not restricted to these:

  • 16.513 Control Systems
  • 16.528 Alternative Energy Systems
  • 16.529 Electric/Hybrid Vehicles
  • 18.527 Energy and the Environment
  • 18.527 Environmental Laws
  • 18.580 Implementation of Environmental Policy
  • 22.524 Special Topics Solar Engineering
  • 22.543 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer
  • 22.544 Conduction and Radiative Heat Transfer
  • 22.573 Manufacturing Systems
  • 22.581 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • 24.506 Special Topics in Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • 24.508 Special topics in Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • 24.514 Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Management
  • 24.522 Nuclear Materials
  • 24.539 Math Methods for Engineers

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