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Master’s Degrees in Nuclear Engineering

Degrees and Requirements  The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE) requires 15 – 18 credit hours of graduate courses in nuclear engineering, 9 credit hours in an interdisciplinary breadth area, and 3 – 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.

A minimum of 30 credits hours (CH) is required with a GPA of 3.0 or greater with the following breakdown:

  • 15 – 18 CH in NE graduate level courses (5XX level and above with atleast one course at the 7xx level);
  • 3 – 6 CH of NE 695-Master’s Thesis Research to complete a thesis;
  • 9 CH in graduate level courses other than NE (interdisciplinary breadth) with at most 3 CH at the 4XX level;

The Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) requires 15 – 18 credit hours of graduate courses taken in nuclear engineering, 9 credit hours in an associated interdisciplinary breadth area and 3 – 6 credit hours of research. Completion of a project dealing with a current topic of interest to the nuclear industry 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.

A minimum of 30 credits hours (CH) is required with a GPA of 3.0 or greater with the following breakdown:

  • 15 – 18 CH in NE graduate level courses (5XX level and above with atleast one course at the 7xx level);
  • 3 – 6 CH of NE 693 to complete a project, usually taken during the final semester.
  • 9 CH in graduate level courses other than NE (interdisciplinary breadth) with at most 3 CH at the 4XX level;

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
International Applicants International applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, the requirements can be seen here.

Applicants with a transcript that is not in English and does not display the US grading system are encouraged to use a credential evaluation service to translate their transcripts.

If one is not used, then their transcript will be translated by the department (As applicable).

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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 The qualifying exam has two components, Proficiency in course-work “NE courses” and Competency and Aptitude in research “NE 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 with the exception of 591/592 and 795/796) 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-) in these 3 courses is required to advance to the written/oral examination “Part 2: Competency and Aptitude in NE research”.

 

  • To satisfy the requirement for “Part 2: Competency and Aptitude in NE research”, the student completes a written report on a journal article, conference paper or a selected research topic, and provides an oral presentation within 8 weeks from the date of the assignment on; The student’s adviser initiates Part 2 assignment and the formation of the graduate Committee of 3 members.
Total Credit Hours to Graduate The Ph.D. program typically contains 72 credits of which a minimum of 21 credits is needed in NE graduate courses, a minimum of 21 credits in NE research and the rest can be in additional NE courses, NE research or other STEM courses such as engineering, sciences, math or other courses related to the students plan of work.
Residency Requirements 1 year. See also Visa and Immigration Information and English Proficiency Requirements.
International Applicants International applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, the requirements can be seen here.

Applicants with a transcript that is not in English and does not display the US grading system are encouraged to use a credential evaluation service to translate their transcripts.

If one is not used, then their transcript will be translated by the department (As applicable).

How to Apply
When to Apply

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