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 draws students from all branches of engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Thesis, Project, and Course-Only Requirements

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

  1. Thesis: 30 credits - 24 credits of courses (15 credits from core), plus 6 credits of thesis,
  2. Project: 30 credits - 27 credits of courses (15 from core), plus 3 credits of project, (available to Nuclear option students only).
  3. Course-Only: 30 credits - all from courses (15 from core, none from thesis or project credits)

A student's thesis must be defended in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis committee.

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:

Nuclear Option Required core courses:

  • ENGY.5040 Energy Engineering Workshop
  • ENGY.5050 Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • ENGY.5070 Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis
  • ENGY.5090 System Dynamics
  • CHEN.5280 Advanced Transport Phenomena

Renewable (Solar) Option Required core courses

All Solar Option students must take the following courses (the semesters in which they are normally taught are also listed):

One Advanced Mathematics course from the list:
  • MECH.5200 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations (Spring)
  • MECH.5260 Transport Processes in Energy Systems (Spring)
  • MECH.5540 Dynamic Systems and Controls (Fall)

Three "core" courses from this list:

  • MECH.5210 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization (Fall)
  • MECH.5220 Wind Energy Fundamentals (Fall)
  • MECH.5270 Solar Systems Engineering (Spring)
  • MECH.5491 Advanced Thermodynamics (Spring)
  • MECH.5350 Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy (Spring of even numbered years)

During their last or next to last semester:

  • MECH.5040 Energy Engineering Workshop (Fall or Spring) 
For Both the Renewable and Nuclear Option

For all students, the remainder of the course requirements are to be made up of elective courses which should be approved by the appropriate graduate coordinator.

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

  • CHEN.5060 Colloidal, Interfacial and Nanomaterials Science and Engineering
  • CHEN.5080 Material Science and Engineering
  • CHEN.5100 Advanced Separation Processes
  • CHEN.5200 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • CHEN.5230 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials
  • CHEN.5350 Principles of Cell and Microbe Cultivation
  • CHEN / ENGY.5390 Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • EECE.5130 Control Systems
  • EECE.5150 Power Electronics
  • EECE.5250 Power Distribution Systems
  • EECE.5280 Alternative Energy Systems
  • EECE.5840 Probability and Random Processes
  • ENGY.5180 Energy Technology, Economics and Policy
  • MECH.2580 Aero/Wind Engineering
  • MECH.5050 Directed Studies
  • MECH.5130 Finite Element Analysis I
  • MECH.5200 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • MECH.5210 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization
  • MECH.5220 Wind Energy Fundamentals
  • MECH.5250 Grid-Connected Solar Electrical Systems
  • MECH.5260 Transport Processes in Energy Systems
  • MECH.5270 Solar Systems Engineering
  • MECH.5280 PV Manufacturing
  • MECH.5285 Energy Policy and Energy Codes
  • MECH.5290 Fuel Cell Fundamentals
  • MECH.5320 Off-Grid Solar Electric Systems
  • MECH.5330 Nanomaterials for Energy
  • MECH.5340 Green Combustion and Bio-Fuels
  • MECH.5350 Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy
  • MECH.5491 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MECH.5540 Dynamic Systems and Controls
  • MECH.5710 Quality Engineering
  • MECH.5740 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • MECH.5750 Industrial Design of Experiments
  • MECH.5760 Engineering Project Management
  • MECH.5810 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH.5890 Finite Element in Thermo-Fluids
  • MECH.6020 Special Topic: Thermo-Fluids
  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • MATH.5300 Applied Math I
  • PHYS.5380 Physical Optics
  • PHYS.5390 Electro-Optics
  • PHYS.5770 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices