Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get an Advisor?
Undergraduate students in their first year will be assigned to Ms. Lisa Marshall. During their sophomore year and after matriculation, students will be assigned new advisors at random.
MNE – Distance/Residence
The Director of Graduate Programs serves as the student’s initial advisor, if not assigned one, until the student chooses one of the NE faculty members, as the advisor. No graduate committee is needed for the MNE degree.
The Director of Graduate Programs serves as the student’s initial advisor, if not assigned one, until the student chooses one of the NE faculty members, as the advisor. After successfully finding an advisor, a graduate committee must be established with a minimum of three members, including the advisor, that serve on the committee. The chairperson will be the student’s advisor. The second (or co- chairperson) and third members may be from nuclear engineering or from another department’s graduate faculty with expertise and strength in the student’s chosen area of research. One of the members must be from another department that serves as the graduate school representative (GSR). If a minor is declared, then a member from the committee has to be from the minor department and can also serve as a GSR.
The Director of Graduate Programs serves as the student’s initial advisor, if not assigned one, until the student chooses one of the NE faculty members, as the advisor. After successfully finding an advisor,
a graduate committee must be established with a minimum of four members, including the advisor, that serve on the committee. The chairperson will be the student’s advisor. The second (or co- chairperson),third, and fourth members may be from nuclear engineering or from another department’s graduate faculty with expertise and strength in the student’s chosen area of research. One of the members must be from another department that serves as the graduate school representative (GSR). If a minor is declared, then a member from the committee has to be from the minor department and can also serve as a GSR.
What Exams are Required?
MNE – Distance/Residence
The distance program requires 30 credits in which 3-6 research credits are required for a project in which the students takes towards the end of their program.
The MS option requires a thesis and a final oral exam. To schedule the final oral exam, a request form has to be submitted at least 10 days pior to the proposed exam date.
The PhD program consists of 3 examinations.
The Qualifying Exam (QE) has two componenets,Proficiency in course-work and Competency and Aptitude in research.
- To satisfy the proficiency requirement in the QE examination “Part 1: Proficiency in NE course-work”, PhD students have to select 4 courses from the list of named graduate classes (which includes all permanently named 5xx and 7xx level classes)and declare them as selected core classes and complete them by their third semester of enrollment in the program. The three courses with the highest grades from the selected 4 courses will be used to calculate a minimum average 3.5 GPA or higher with no course grade less than (B-). After completing the declared courses with the minimum GPA required to pass, students may then proceed to “Part 2: Competency and Aptitude in research”
- To statisfy the requirement in the QE examination “Part 2: Competency and Aptitude in research”, PhD students complete a written report and provide an oral presentation within 8 weeks from the date of assignment; Students must complete part 2 by their fourth semester of enrollment in the program. The student’s adviser initiates Part 2 assignment [examples: journal article(s) or conference paper (s) or a selected research topic] and the formation of the Q-Committee of 3 members. The student’s adviser attends the presentation and participates in the comments and evaluation; the adviser is the chair of the committee but does not vote.
Preliminary Oral Exam
After a student passes the qualifying exam, they may advance to the preliminary exam. The exam is initiated by the student by scheduling a request for preliminary examination and it is submitted to the graduate school.
Final Oral Examination
After a student passes the preliminary exam, they may advance to the final exam. The exam is initiated by the student by scheduling a request for final examination and it is submitted to the graduate school.
What is the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP)
The Graduate Student Support Plan is a highly competitive support package used to attract top students to NC State University. Graduate students that meet the requirements outlined below are eligible to receive health insurance and tuition support (for a limited number of semesters).
- Supported on a qualifying graduate assistantship (teaching or research) or fellowship of, at least, $8,000 annualized (~$666.67/month)
- Meet the minimum enrollment requirement – Full-time, at all times
- Enrolled in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program
- Distance Education and Graduate Certificate programs do not qualify for the Graduate Student Support Plan
What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to be eligible for the Graduate Student Support Plan, a graduate student must meet all of the following requirements, at all times:
- Have an active, qualifying graduate appointment
- Graduate appointment must be one of the following types:
- Primary Fellowship
- Research Assistantship
- Research & Teaching Assistantship
- Teaching Assistantship o Extension Assistantship
- Qualifying appointment must be, at least, $8,000 annualized3
- Must begin on or before Census Day
- Must extend, at least, 30 days beyond the first day of classes
- Graduate appointment must be one of the following types:
- Be enrolled full-time, at all times
- Be within their allowed semesters for Graduate Student Support Plan tuition support:
- Master’s degree – 4 semesters.
- Doctoral degree with previous related master’s degree – 8 semesters.
- Doctoral degree without previous related master’s degree – 10 semesters.
- Every semester in which the student is enrolled counts against the total number of allowed semesters for tuition support, even if the student does not participate in the Graduate Student Support Plan.
- Qualifying students are only eligible for tuition remission support for two semesters (one academic year) – after those two semesters, the student must obtain in-state residency or a “good faith effort” toward establishing in-state residency each subsequent semester to continue being eligible for GSSP tuition remission support.
- Active in an on-campus degree master’s or doctoral program:
- Distance education (DE) and graduate certificate programs do not qualify for GSSP
Do students recieve health insurance?
Student enrolled in the program, will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), the University sponsored plan, and will be billed $1,270.00 each semester.
If I already have insurance, can I waive out?
Students who are already covered by an insurance policy (i.e. through parent plans, family plans, employer-sponsored plans, or student health insurance), and wish to waive out, must submit their insurance policy number for verification through the Student Blue Website. The charge is removed from the student’s bill once their policy is verified.
Student will also need to decline (waive) coverage on the NC State RA-TA health insurance plan, please complete the form linked below. If the form is not working properly, please email your request to email@example.com. Please remember include your name, student ID number, effective date of requested action, and briefly document the reason for declining coverage. If you are an international student, you are required to maintain health insurance throughout the duration of the I-20/DS-2019 — please do not complete this form unless you have alternative adequate health insurance coverage. Please see the Office of International Services for more information.
More information on the benefits and waiver process is available on the NCSU Student Health Web site at http://healthypack.dasa.ncsu.edu/insurance-and-billing/ship/.
Do I get health insurance under GSSP?
The GSSP comes with a health insurance plan for the student receiving the assistantship. The student will be automatically enrolled in this insurance plan if he or she satisfies the requirements of GSSP. Graduate students supported under the GSSP will be automatically waived from enrolling in the UNC system-wide health insurance plan, Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
How do I obtain residency?
Undergraduate Students and NDS Students:
As of February 20, 2017, UNC General Administration now oversees and processes all residency determinations, reclassification requests, and appeals for all new and continuing undergraduate and non-degree seeking students. Therefore, all undergraduate or NDS students who are currently classified as out-of-state residents, who would like to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes, are required to go through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.
Once you have received confirmation from RDS of a validated residency decision, you will need to provide or update your Residency Determination Number (RCN) in NC State’s self-service residency page: go.ncsu.edu/residencystatus.Instructions for completing the process are included on this page.
Any questions and concerns can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate students currently classified as non-residents who wish to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes should apply through the “Online Tuition Reclassification Application”. This application is only for currently admitted and enrolled students.
For more information on residency, check here.