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Graduate UML Navitas GSSP: Engineering & Computer Science

UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering is dedicated to providing a hands-on, real-world education for its students. The Department of Computer Science at UMass Lowell has world-class faculty active in research programs in diverse areas across computer science. Its research programs are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, HP, Intel, Pfizer and Sun.

Bachelor's Degree


Enter 2nd semester of master's degree




Two semesters

Semester start dates

Spring: January 

Fall: September 


The UMass Lowell program in Chemical Engineering is designed to provide the opportunity for graduate students to study the fundamentals and applications of chemical engineering principles, and to carry out independent research. The Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours. Students may elect one of two options 1) 24 credit hours of course work, plus at least 6 credit hours in preparation of an acceptable thesis, or 2) 30 credit hours of course work for the non-thesis option. Students who have received a teaching or research assistantship will be required to submit an acceptable thesis. A thesis must be defended in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis committee.

Graduate study in Civil and Environmental Engineering is an intensive program of instruction at an advanced technical level. The program permits students to design, in consultation with their advisor, a plan of study that meets individual goals and career objectives. Options within the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering include:
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Geoenvironmental
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
There are two concentrations within the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering:
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Environmental Engineering Sciences

Areas of Concentration:
- Computer Networking and Distributed Systems
- Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems
- Artificial and Machine Intelligence
- Multimedia Digital Signal and Image Processing and Applications

Areas of Concentration:
- Information Systems (Telecommunications)
- Information Systems (Communications Engineering)
- Power and Energy Engineering
- Opto-Electronics

Areas of Concentration:
- Renewable (Solar) Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
The programs are designed to achieve a balance between hands-on experience and theory. Energy engineering involves subject matter and draws students from all branches of engineering, science, mathematics and economics. 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.

Areas of Concentration:
- Mechanics & Materials Concentration
- Thermofluids Concentration
- Energy Concentration
- Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration
- Design and Manufacturing Concentration
- Out-of-Department Concentrations
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers several options for students wishing to pursue a Master of Science in Engineering degree. The program offers a thesis option and a non-thesis option. The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of acceptable graduate work, including nine credit hours of research for the thesis option or nine credit hours in an acceptable minor for the non-thesis option.

Areas of Concentration:
- Coatings & Adhesives
- Fibers & Composites
- Synthetics Fibers
This graduate program offers professional training at the master's level designed to provide the opportunity for the study of more advanced theory and practice in plastics materials, design, and manufacturing. The department offers graduate training in the areas of rubber and elastomer technology, medical plastics, coatings and adhesives. The graduate programs are also designed to broaden the background of experienced professionals to help them keep up with the latest fundamental developments in the field.

UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program prepares students for leadership roles in industry, operations, engineering services and civil infrastructure management. Technical professionals can expand their skills and advance their careers through the study of business principles and practices, and can deepen their technical expertise with engineering courses. The MSEM will also prepare students who hold non-engineering or business undergraduate degrees for technical management careers. A close collaboration between the Francis College of Engineering, the Manning School of Business and the College of Health Sciences, the MSEM program offers an affordable graduate degree led by faculty with extensive engineering and management experience in both academia and industry.

Graduate UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP: Engineering & Computer Science

Graduate UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP academic requirements:

Undergraduate degree, 2.7+ GPA

Additional requirements:

Minimum B average in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Graduate UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) / TOEFL iBT 70


Academic English program available for students not meeting Graduate UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP language requirements

The following is a sample course listing, which may vary by degree program and student academic background. It is not intended for current student advising purposes.

Graduate UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP components*
Semester 1 Credits

Navigating the Graduate GSSP


Academic Communications for Graduate Students


Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial


Total credits


Semester 2 Credits

Advanced Communication for Graduate Students


Introduction to Graduate Research


Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial


Total credits


Total Graduate GSSP credits


Program information

Credit hours:

  • 12 credits transfer to MS degree
  • 18 credits remaining to complete degree

Sample departmental courses*:

  • Advanced Math Methods for Engineers
  • Advanced Separation Processes
  • Control Systems
  • Discrete Structures II
  • Linear Systems Analysis
  • Logic Design
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Theory of Communications

Progression requirements:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA; minimum B grade in all courses
  • GRE: Verbal 142+, Quantitative 152+
  • English Proficiency score:  TOEFL: 79+, IELTS: 6.5

  • Successful completion of all conditions listed on University conditional acceptance letter
UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering degree programs
  • MS, Chemical Engineering
  • MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental
    • Geotechnical
    • Structural
    • Transportation
  • MS, Computer Engineering
  • MS, Computer Science
  • MS, Electrical Engineering
  • MS, Energy Engineering
  • MS, Environmental Studies
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering
  • MS, Plastics Engineering
  • MS, Engineering Management

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