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The doctoral degree is designed to prepare engineers for leadership positions in industry, academia and government. The program includes advanced graduate course work in engineering and allied subjects and research culminating in a doctoral dissertation.
The applicant is required to have at least a B.S. degree in engineering or science. A student may apply and transfer up to 24 credit hours of graduate course work toward the doctoral degree.
A total of 63 credit hours of graduate level courses are required for the doctoral degree. The general degree requirements follow:
Exceptions may be made for students whose Master’s Degree is in a discipline other than engineering. Students may register for no more than six credit hours of research in preparing a formal dissertation proposal. This proposal and the student’s ability to perform research must be orally defended before the student’s doctoral committee and other interested parties. This constitutes their candidacy examination. Upon passing this examination and completing all course requirements, the student becomes a candidate for the doctoral degree and may register for additional research credit with the advisor’s approval.
The research work for the dissertation shall be conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty advisor and a committee of two others. The student must defend and submit an acceptable proposal for the dissertation prior to beginning the research work.
The core requirements will consist of two courses in advanced mathematics, two courses in thermal/fluid processes and one course in solid mechanics.
A total of 27 credits of elective courses must be taken. For the Chemical Engineering Option, the courses will be from either the processing, materials or biotechnology/bioprocessing area. For the Nuclear Concentration in the Energy Option, the courses will be from the nuclear area.
For the latest requirements, course descriptions and more please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog.
A program offering a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Physics with an Option in Energy Engineering is offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the Energy Engineering program. For further information about this program, inclusing the latest requirements, course descriptions and more please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog.