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Master’s Degree

As of 2019 NE graduate degree requirements have changed.

Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours are required.

Required Courses

  • Thesis and Project Options
    • 15 credit hours of graduate courses in nuclear engineering (NE) which must include at least two of the following courses – NE 511, NE 521 or NE 522, NE 540, NE 542, NE 551, NE 563, NE 571.
    • Two credit hours (1+1) of NE 501 are required, and a maximum of 3 credit hours of NE 501 can be used towards the 15 credit hours of NE graduate courses.
  • An additional 9 credit hours of graduate courses related to the student’s research, as approved by the student’s committee, typically selected from Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Material Science
  • Only 9 credit hours of 400 level graduate coursework can be applied towards the 24 credit hour course requirement.

Option Requirements

  • Thesis Option: NE 500 Thesis, 6 credit hours
  • Project Option: NE 598, Nuclear Engineering Practice, 3 or 6 credit hours
    • two engineering practice projects (6 credit hours of NE 598).
    • one engineering practice project (3 credit hours of NE 598) plus 3 credit hours of additional nuclear engineering course work.

Additional Course Requirements

Students without a BS in nuclear engineering, or the equivalent, must take NE 433 and NE 470, both of which may be taken for graduate credit.

Non-Course Requirements

The student must pass an oral examination on all work presented for the degree (all course work and thesis).

Additional Information

A typical MS program in traditional nuclear engineering would consist of three courses per semester and would take three to five semesters dependent on prior education and course load. The most up to date requirements and a description of graduate courses are located in the Graduate Catalog.