Online Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering
Massachusetts is a national leader in solar energy system deployment. Position yourself for success in this burgeoning field by gaining the knowledge and capabilities you need to develop renewable and responsible solutions to climate change with UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering. This four-course certificate aims to provide engineers with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of design, research, development and production of renewable energy systems. UMass Lowell's Department of Mechanical Engineering offers this program for engineers or individuals with science backgrounds interested in moving into the industry or advancing their careers.
"The solar energy industry is booming. Since 2009, the amount of solar energy connected to the grid has increased more than 35-fold. This expansion has resulted in the creation of thousands of new solar industry jobs, with more than 240,000 people currently employed and projections of major growth in the future. Solar is the next great American industry."
Deepen your knowledge of a range of topics, including:
- Conceptual and design considerations for grid-connected, solar-powered and electrical generation systems, from residential through utility scale
- Transport processes from a multi-scale and multi-physics perspective
- Technical, financial and societal aspects of photovoltaic systems that are not connected to the electrical grid
- Fundamental materials development and principles in addressing issues associated with affordable and sustainable energy
- Regular industry practices, including requests for proposals (RFPs), feasibility studies, meeting electrical code requirements, evaluating the impact of projects and delivering a written report
- Theory behind mass, momentum and energy transport processes that drive the development of technologies
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
- 4 Courses / 12 Credits
Required Courses (Choose Four)
- MECH.5250 Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems (3cr)
- MECH.5260 Transport Processes in Energy Systems (3cr)
- MECH.5320 Off-Grid Solar Electric System (3cr)
- MECH.5330 Nanomaterials for Energy (3cr)
- MECH.5350 Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy (3cr)
MECH.5250 Grid-Connected Solar Electric System.
Graduate Certificate Requirements
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.
Online courses meet throughout the year during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (see Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours per week engaged in course-related activities for each course. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page .
Completing a Graduate Certificate Program
Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Students must submit their clearance form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Summer 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.†||$495||$1,485|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Engineering and Business Degrees and Certificate Applications||$75|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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For Graduate Certificate Programs, Please Submit:
- An application
- An application fee*
- An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor's degree. If your bachelor's degree is from outside the United States, you may be required to take the TOEFL examination.
- No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs
Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Your application will be processed as soon as all admission materials have been received. You may apply to more than one certificate program but can only take 12 credits maximum before enrolling in an advanced degree. Learn more about specific application requirements for your program of interest.
Count Your Graduate Certificate Toward a Master's Degree
Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree. Students who complete a UMass Lowell graduate certificate with a qualifying GPA (see waiver form for details) can waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) when applying to a related master's degree, if the GRE is required.
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!