Online Master of Science in Plastics Engineering
Pursue your master's degree online with one of the most respected plastics engineering programs in the world. UMass Lowell is an internationally recognized leader in plastics education, and this 12-course graduate program will provide you with the cutting-edge skills to advance your career in the plastics industry.
While the courses are delivered online, this program provides valuable hands-on experience at UMass Lowell's state-of-the-art laboratories through an immersive two-week on-campus residency. The knowledge and experience you will acquire in this two-week, on-campus session will prepare you for career advancement, and offer you unique mentoring and networking opportunities. This is the only program currently available in the United States in this discipline in this innovative format.
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
- Total Courses Required: 12 (33 credits)
Core Requirements (7 Courses / 18cr)
Electives (5 Courses / 15cr)
Select any five electives below:
Up to two elective courses from other engineering departments may be substituted if approved by the graduate coordinator.
This M.S.E. in Plastics Engineering is a non-thesis curriculum track.
*PLAS.5731L is a 1-credit lab course with 6 contact hours that runs for 2 weeks on campus in the summer. Tuition for this course is calculated by multiplying the total number of contact hours by the current per credit tuition rate.
For students who have a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell with a grade of B or higher in specific courses:
- Students who have a B or higher in Polymer Materials I (PLAS.2010) and Polymer Materials II (PLAS.2020) are not required to take Advanced Plastics Materials (PLAS.5440). These students, however, must still meet the 33-course credit hour program requirement by substituting other Plastics Engineering graduate courses.
- Students who received a grade of B or higher in Plastics Process Engineering I (PLAS.3770) and Plastics Process Engineering II (PLAS.3780) are not required to take Advanced Plastic Materials (PLAS.5780). These students, however, must still meet the 33-course credit hour program requirement by substituting other Plastics Engineering graduate courses.
For students who have a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell or equivalent program:
- Students may elect to test out of Advanced Plastics Materials (PLAS.5440) and Advanced Plastics Processing (PLAS.5780). These students, however, must still meet the 33-course credit hour program requirement by substituting other Plastics Engineering graduate courses.
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
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.
Spring 2024 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.||$500||$1,500|
|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.
- B.S. in Plastics Engineering or a related engineering or science field
- Pre-requisite math requirements of Differential Equations
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- No GRE required
- Resume Required for certain programs such as the Master's in Business Administration and the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management
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!