Master’s Degrees in Nuclear Engineering
|Degrees and Requirements||The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE) requires 15 credit hours of graduate courses in nuclear engineering, 9 credit hours in an interdisciplinary breadth area, and 6 credit hours of research, for a total requirement of 30 credit hours. Submission of an acceptable thesis is required based on original research followed by an oral examination completes the MS degree program. Students generally take 21 months to complete this degree.
The Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) requires 21 credit hours of graduate courses taken primarily in nuclear engineering and 9 credit hours in an associated interdisciplinary breadth field of study such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, or materials engineering. Completion of a project dealing with a current topic of interest to the nuclear industry, followed by a research presentation, is required. A well-prepared student can complete all of the requirements for the MNE degree in 15 months. An online MNE degree is also available through Engineering Online.
The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) Program (BS-MSNE and BS-MNE) is open to nuclear engineering undergraduates with a 3.5 overall GPA average and a 3.25 average in science, math and engineering courses. It allows students to complete two degrees in a shorter time. Students are advised on what graduate-level courses to take in their undergraduate senior year; these courses will count for undergraduate and graduate-level graduation requirements. Once enrolled in NE 301, contact Ms. Lisa Marshall for paperwork completion.
|Distance Education||Available for the Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) non-thesis degree only. Learn more.|
|Total Credit Hours to Graduate||30|
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Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering
|About the Doctoral Program||The Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering is primarily a research degree that represents attainment of a high degree of scholarship in a special field. The course program for the Ph.D. is designed to give every student a general background in fundamental areas of nuclear engineering and advanced knowledge in a selected area of research and in other subjects as dictated by the student’s interests and career needs. A doctoral degree is generally sought by those who are motivated towards careers in industrial, academia or national laboratories.|
|Qualifying Exam||At the end of one year of study, the student appears for a comprehensive written qualifying examination based on subject matter regarded as the core of nuclear engineering. Students successfully completing this examination are allowed to work toward the Ph.D. degree without an M.S. degree. The format and preparation for the qualifying exam are provided for your review.|
|Total Credit Hours to Graduate||The Ph.D. program typically contains 50 hours of graduate course credits, excluding research credits, and typically requires four to five years beyond the B.S. degree for completion, including dissertation. Approximately 12 semester credits are in an interdisciplinary breadth area. There may be testing of student separately on courses in this breadth.|
|Residency Requirements||1 year. See also Visa and Immigration Information and English Proficiency Requirements.|
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What else adds value to our degrees?
- Participate in the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Student Association (NEGSA) or a student organization where graduate students are actively involved.
- Take advantage of our college’s Engineering Career Fair for exploring job possibilities and finding your future employer.
- Office of International Services (OIS) programs are designed to foster cross-cultural exchange within the campus and Triangle communities. International and American students, scholars, family members, NC State faculty and staff, and community members participate and benefit from these programs.
- Participate in department Research Seminars.