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Master’s Degree


The minimum requirements for the Master of Science in nuclear engineering are:

  • A major consisting of 12 hours of graduate courses in nuclear engineering which must include at least two of the following courses–NE 511, NE 521, NE 522, NE 540, NE 542, NE 551, NE 563, NE 571;
  • An additional 12 hours of graduate courses related to the student’s research, as approved by the student’s committee; and
  • One of the following:
    • Option 1: A thesis project (6 hours of NE 500).
    • Option 2: Two engineering practice projects (6 hours of NE 598).
    • Option 3: One engineering practice project (3 hours of NE 598) plus 3 hours of additional nuclear engineering course work.

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.

Radiological Engineering Concentration

Students electing the radiological engineering concentration must fulfill the MS requirements and take NE 401 (Radiological Engineering Laboratory), NE 551 (Radiation Protection), NE 552 (Radiological Assessment and Dosimetry), and NE 490 (Radiation Biology) in their course of study.