The Department of Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell has a long history as a leader in the area of Plastics Engineering education. Today, the department offers a number of courses that contain both significant engineering content and provide additional information useful for professional leadership development from a legal or business operations perspective. For example, “Business Law for Engineers” and “Intellectual Property” help engineers prepare for the legal aspects of their engineering or business careers.
A number of these Plastics Engineering courses, such as “Statistics for Six Sigma,” along with a “New Ventures” course and a “New Product Development” course from the Manning School of Business, and an “Engineering Project Management” course have been packaged together to create a unique graduate certificate that should help Plastics Engineers develop their commercial and profession skills. The Department of Plastics Engineering offers this program as a stand-alone, four-course graduate certificate in "Commercial Development for Plastics Engineers." This certificate program is designed for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree in engineering and want to enhance their commercial skills but are not ready to commit to completion of an engineering or business master's degree.
Admission to the program is open to candidates with a B.S. in Engineering or a related field. The graduate record exam (GRE) is not required for admission. Courses previously used for another plastics graduate certificate may not be used for a second plastics certificate. However, these certificate courses may be applied to appropriate graduate degrees if students want to continue their education. The Plastics Engineering Department makes every attempt to offer many of these courses during the evening so that students having full-time jobs can complete the certificate program.
To apply for this program go to UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions.
For the latest course information, including course descriptions, degree pathways and more please visit the UMass Lowell Graduate online Academic Catalog.