Engineering Management Courses
Doctor of Engineering students are required to take 9 credits of graduate engineering management courses from the Manning School of Business or from the list of courses offered within the College of Engineering.
The latest course information, including course descriptions, degree pathways and can be found in the UMass Lowell Graduate online Academic Catalog.
Full Time vs. Part Time Status
The Doctor of Engineering Program in Plastics Engineering is primarily intended for full time graduate students, however, some students enrolled in the program take courses on a part time basis. Many of the courses required for this program are offered at night so that engineers working at local companies can take advantage of the program. Students taking fewer than 9 credits in a semester are considered part time, while those taking 9 or more credits are considered full time students. Graduate students must maintain full time student status in order to be eligible for teaching assistant (T.A.) or research assistant positions (R.A.).
Plastics Engineering Graduate Student Funding Policy
Teaching Assistant Positions: The Department of Plastics Engineering has a limited number of "Teaching Assistant” positions (T.A.) and "Research Assistant" Positions (R.A.) available for full time Masters and Doctoral Plastics Engineering Graduate Students. Only those students who have applied and have been accepted into the respective programs will be considered for such a position.
Most of the T.A. positions awarded by the department are "half" T.A. positions which provide a 9 credit tuition waiver and 9 credit fee waiver for in-state students, along with a stipend. Out-of-state students receive the 9 credit tuition waiver, a fee reduction and a stipend. A departmental committee selects the T.A.'s during the spring semester for the following September. It is recommended that interested candidates should visit the campus and meet with a Graduate Coordinator prior to June 1.
Research Assistant Positions: Unlike T.A. positions that are awarded by the Plastics Engineering Department, R.A. positions, either "full time" or "half time," are awarded by individual faculty who conduct funded research. Accepted students must correspond with the individual faculty to inquire about R.A. positions. Faculty research interests are listed in the Faculty section of the department web site. It is recommended that applicants interested in obtaining R.A. funding should send a letter and resume to those faculty having similar research interests.
Many of the full time graduate students enrolled in the Department of Plastics Engineering do not receive T.A. or R.A. funding, especially during their first year of study. Many students are able to arrange funding during their second year after completing much of their coursework and after having time to interact with the various faculty members; however, there is no guarantee of funding.