Energy Engineering

Master's Program

Master of Science Degree Program in Energy Engineering

The UMass Lowell graduate program in Energy Engineering offers professional training at the master's degree level designed to prepare the student to perform state-of-the-art work on energy systems. There are two options:

  • Renewable (Solar) Engineering 
  • Nuclear Engineering

The programs are designed to achieve a balance between hands-on experience and theory. Energy engineering draws students from all branches of engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Thesis, Project, and Course-Only Requirements

There are three pathways to earning an MS degree in Energy Engineering:

Thesis: 30 credits - 24 credits of courses (15 credits from core), plus 6 credits of thesis,

Project: 30 credits - 27 credits of courses (15 from core), plus 3 credits of project, "(available to Nuclear option students only)".

Course-Only: 30 credits - all from courses (15 from core, none from thesis or project credits)

A student's thesis must be defended in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis committee. 

Course Requirements

Students may choose to specialize in any area of interest in the college related to the energy field. Each student must take a series of core courses appropriate for the area of specialization. The exact makeup of the core curriculum will be guided and approved by the Graduate Committee of the Energy Engineering program. All students working toward the Master of Science Degree in Energy Engineering must take the following core courses:

Nuclear Option Required core courses:

  • 24.504 Energy Engineering Workshop
  • 24.505 Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • 24.507 Nuclear Reactor Engineering Analysis 
  • 24.509 System Dynamics
  • 10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena

Renewable (Solar) Option Required core courses

  • 22.504 Energy Engineering Workshop
  • 22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization
  • 22.526 Transfer Processes in Energy Systems 
  • 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering
  • 22.520 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations or 22.554 Dynamics Systems and Controls

The remainder of the course requirements are to be made up of elective courses which should be approved by the appropriate graduate coordinator. 

The courses that are typically taken as elective courses include, but are not restricted to: 

  • 10.506 Colloidal, Interfacial and Nanomateriasl Science and Engineering
  • 10.508 Material Science and Engineering
  • 10.510 Advanced Separation Processes 
  • 10.520 Advanced Thermodynamics 
  • 10.523 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials 
  • 10.535 Principles of Cell and Microbe Cultivation
  • 10/24.539 Mathematical Methods fro Engineers
  • 16.513 Control Systems 
  • 16.515 Power Electronics
  • 16.525 Power Distribution Systems
  • 16.528 Alternative Energy Systems
  • 16.584 Probability and Random Processes 
  • 22.258 Aero/Wind Engineering
  • 22.505 Directed Studies
  • 22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
  • 22.520 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • 22.525 Grid-Connected Solar Electrical Systems
  • 22.528 PV Manufacturing
  • 22.529 Fuel Cell Fundamentals
  • 22.534 Green Combustion and Bio-Fuels
  • 22.554 Dynamic Systems and Control 
  • 22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering
  • 22.581 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • 22.589 Finite Element in Thermo-Fluids
  • 22.602 Special Topic: Thermo-Fluids
  • 22.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • 95.530 Applied Math
  • 95.538 Physical Optics
  • 95.539 Electro-Optics
  • 95.577 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices