Requirements, Degree Options, and Courses

Requirements

Undergraduate students: Information about the undergraduate program in MIE can be found here.

Graduate students: The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Graduate School specify all Master’s and Ph.D. degree requirements. All graduate program requirements can be found here:

Degree Options

If you are seeking a funded M.S. or PhD research position, information about graduate student research opportunities can be found here.

If you currently have a Bachelor's degree, or are interested in obtaining another M.S. degree, then there are two other options for you to consider, neither of which is funded. The first is our course-only Master's Degree with a Concentration in Wind Energy, and the second is our Wind Energy Certificate.

The course-only M.S. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with a Concentration in Wind Energy option requires 30 credits of graduate course work, and can be completed in 2-3 semesters. You would receive an identical degree to a thesis-based M.S. degree, but instead of completing a Master's thesis as part of the degree requirements, the course work would satisfy all of the degree requirements.

Wind Energy focused courses that students can take for this option include:

MIE 573 Engineering of Windpower Systems Engineering aspects of windpower systems including aerodynamic analysis, mechanical design, support structure design, wind field analysis, system concepts and analysis, and economics.

MIE 673 Wind Turbine Design Students will become experts in wind turbine technology via a semester long design project, which will utilize modern wind design and analysis codes.

MIE 674 Offshore Wind Energy Engineering Includes technical and social aspects of offshore wind energy including external design conditions, wind farm aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, support structures, installation, and economics.

It is possible to complete this option in 1 calendar year, during 2 semesters and 1 summer, by taking 2 online courses in the summer. MIE 573 is offered online in the summer. Options for the second course include business and statistics courses in the Isenberg School. Visit the Continuing and Professional Education course listings for all summer courses. Questions regarding approval of online courses can be directed to wec@ecs.umass.edu.

Again, there is only one M.S. degree, but there are two paths to obtain the degree. Also, if you choose the course only option initially, and then later on receive a research assistant position that will involve writing a thesis, the courses already completed will apply to the degree requirements for the thesis option. Please also see the MIE Graduate Program webpage for more information

The course only option is available on the application form, which should be submitted directly to the University. Please see here for additional information.

Graduate Certificate Program

The Wind Energy Certificate is 15 credit graduate certificate program. The 15 credits will also be applicable to the 30 credit M.S. requirements, so if you decide to pursue an M.S. as well you will only need to take 15 more credits. For more details: Graduate Certificate Page

Courses

There are currently three wind energy courses offered in the MIE department. These are:

  • Engineering Wind Power Systems (also offered online)
  • Wind Turbine Design
  • Offshore Wind Energy Engineering

Students may take other classes to fulfill all relevant requirements. A complete list of graduate-level MIE courses is listed here.