Graduate Catalog

Francis College of Engineering

The education of engineers in state-of-the-art areas of advanced technology and the UMass Lowell's commitment to national and regional economic development are the major premises upon which the graduate programs in the College of Engineering are based. These programs are intended to produce engineers whose education not only develops expertise in the design, development and production of products, but also an understanding of the management involved in the creation of new products, companies and service organizations. Thus, the graduate programs in engineering are intended to educate engineers capable of keeping abreast with the rapidly changing technology that characterizes the high technology economy of the Northeast. The programs lead to degrees of Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Science, Doctor of Science, Doctor or Philosophy, and Doctor of Engineering. The College is led by Dr. Jack Wilson, president emeritus of the University of Massachusetts and distinguished professor.

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Graduate Programs Offered

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S. Eng.) degree awarded in the following fields:

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering - Options: Environmental, Geotechnical, GeoEnvironmental, Structural, Transportation
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Energy Engineering - Options: Nuclear, Solar
Mechanical Engineering
Plastics Engineering 

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree awarded in the following fields: 

Environmental Studies 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree awarded through the College of Engineering in the following options:

Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Energy Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Plastics Engineering  

The Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) degree awarded through the College of Engineering in the following options:

Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Energy Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Plastics Engineering  

The intent of the Doctor of Engineering/Doctor of Philosophy (D.Eng./Ph.D.) programs is 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 Doctor of Engineering/Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of 63 semester hours of graduate-level academic credit composed of the following:

  •  42 approved credit hours of graduate level engineering courses, which may include the core requirements of the M.S. program and up to 6 approved credit hours in graduate level  math and science courses
  •  For the D.Eng. degree, substitute 9 credit hours of coursework with 9 credit hours of approved non-technical/management courses 
  •  21 credit hours for the dissertation

Dissertations which are industrial in orientation should use the D.Eng. degree, based upon discussion with the supervising faculty advisor.  Students may elect either degree designation with the consent of the faculty advisor, subject to the requirements of each degree.

Options are offered in the following areas:

Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Plastics Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Chemical Engineering
Energy Engineering (jointly administered by Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering)

Rules and requirements vary slightly with the administering department.

Common Admission Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on review by Graduate Admissions and by the Admissions Committee of each administering Department.  Applicants are required to submit the results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School. In addition, international students must obtain the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Depending on the administering Department, a B.S. or M.S. in Engineering may be required prior to admission.  Depending on the option selected, students may be required to make up prerequisites which they lack in comparison to the equivalent Engineering curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  In cases where a student has an M.B.A. or has completed the Business Administration Minor for Engineering students, in addition to a B.S. in engineering or its equivalent, portions or all of the management/non-technical component of the Doctor of Engineering program may be waived upon review by the administering Department.  Students may apply for transfer of up to 24 semester credits in acceptable graduate engineering courses (with grade of B or better) towards the doctoral program, upon approval by the Department Doctoral Committee.

Common Degree Requirements

In addition to 63 semester hours of approved graduate courses and thesis:

1. The student is required to be in full-time residency at the University for at least one year.

2. The student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in order to graduate.

3. Students are required to take a doctoral qualifying examination.

Qualifying Examination

  1. The doctoral qualifying examination is administered on a declared schedule, usually twice each year.  The student is permitted two attempts at passing the qualifying examination. Students who fail the qualifying examination the first time must retake the exam at its next scheduled offering. Students failing the doctoral exam twice will automatically be dismissed from the doctoral program. Those who do not take the examination at the prescribed time may lose all their financial support, if any, and may be dismissed from the doctoral program.
  2. The format of the qualifying examination differs depending on the administering Department which in some cases may have both a written and oral section, and in some cases has an undergraduate-based portion. 
  3. The decision of each administering Department regarding whether a student has passed the qualifying exam is final.  

Dissertation Proposal

The research work for the dissertation shall be conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty advisor and a committee of two others.  Students are required to submit and defend a dissertation proposal before a Department Doctoral Committee.  Upon approval by this Departmental committee, the student’s name will submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School as a candidate for the Doctor of Engineering/Doctor of Philosphy degree.  Admission to candidacy status does not guarantee awarding of the D.Eng./Ph.D. degree. 

Nontechnical/Management Courses for Doctor of Engineering

D.Eng. students are required to take 9 credits of graduate nontechnical/management courses from a list of approved courses offered within the College of Engineering or College of Management.

Approved nontechnical/management graduate courses from the College of Engineering (3 credits each):

22.576  Engineering Project Management
26.507  Plastics Industry Organization
26.514  Statistics for Six Sigma
26.515  Lean Plastics Manufacturing
26.537  Business Law for Engineers
26.540  Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems
26.590  Survey of Intellectual Property

Approved management graduate courses from the College of Management (typically 8 weeks duration):

60.501   Financial Accounting  (2 credits)
61.501   Business Finance  (2 credits) 
62.501   Marketing Fundamentals  (2 credits)
63.501   Operations Fundamentals  (2 credits) 
66.501   Organizational Behavior  (2 credits)  
66.511   Global Enterprise & Competition (2 credits)
66.615   New Venture Creation (3 credits; full semester)

Course syllabi for nontechnical/management courses

22.576 Engineering Project Management (3 credits)  
26.507 Plastics Industry Organization (3 credits) 
26.537 Business Law for Engineers (3 credits) 
26.590 Survey of Intellectual Property (3 credits)
26.514 Statistics for Six Sigma (3 credits) 
26.515 Lean Plastics Manufacturing (3 credits) 
26.540 Commercial Development of Polymeric Systems (3 credits) 
60.501 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
61.501 Business Financial Analysis (2 credits) 
62.501 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits) 
63.501 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits) 
66.501 Organizational Behavior (2 credits) 
66.511 Global Enterprise and Competition (2 credits)

Other Doctoral Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (Ph.D.) degree awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences in the following fields: 

Applied Mechanics 
Energy Engineering 
Radiological Sciences 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Ph.D.) degree awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences in the following fields: 

Biochemistry 
Environmental Studies 
Polymer Science/Plastics Eng. Option 

The Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree awarded through the College of Health Sciences in the following field: 

Work Environment - Options: Occupational Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene, Epidemiology, Work Environment Policy

Links to Department Sections in This Graduate Academic Catalog:

Chemical Engineering 
Civil & Environmental Engineering 
Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Energy Engineering 
Mechanical Engineering 
Plastics Engineering