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New Degree Engineers Business Leaders

Joint Leadership Option Offered by Engineering, Management


By Edwin L. Aguirre

Engineers can be leaders, too.

A new leadership option at UMass Lowell helps grad students become both.

The Francis College of Engineering and the College of Management are now jointly offering a leadership option for graduate-degree programs in chemical, civil and environmental, energy, computer, electrical, mechanical and plastics engineering.

The option is geared toward students who want to get relevant engineering education and work experience — but also network with high-level executives, learn essential business skills and think “out-of-the-box” in creating workplace solutions.

The end result is a highly competitive interdisciplinary degree.

The program’s core courses include financial accounting, marketing fundamentals, organizational behavior and advanced professional communication. In addition, there is a discipline-specific elective course that relates engineering to management as well as paid internship with industry, government or non-profit partners and a seminar conducted online or on campus.

“The leadership option, completed concurrently with a two-year master of science in engineering degree, is equivalent to the University’s Professional Science Master’s Program,” says Engineering Associate Dean David Kazmer. “The option also facilitates the transition into an MBA program, allowing the student to reduce his or her course load.”

For more information about the leadership option and Professional Science Master’s Program, contact Susan Lawton, PSM coordinator, at 978-934-2299 or; or visit