Earn a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering

Develop as a professional in your field by building your subject matter knowledge and furthering your communication skills. 

Have you considered getting your master’s degree after graduation, or maybe you are already in the nuclear engineering field and want to further your education to open doors for promotion or leadership roles? S&T’s nuclear engineering graduate program is here to help you achieve your goals! Engage in productive analysis and criticism of your own and others’ research during your graduate studies.

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Degree Information

The master’s degree program is designed to provide training and expertise in the design of nuclear energy systems and use of nuclear technology for medical as well as industrial applications. Both thesis and without thesis options are available for M.S. degree program with a minimum of 30 credit hours required for successful completion.

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The department of Nuclear and Radiation Science developed this handbook to assist you with the nuclear and radiation science program.

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Your Career in Nuclear Engineering

As a nuclear engineer, you will develop and promote the use of energy released from nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, and radioactive material.  

Nuclear power plants operating in the United States produce about 20% of our nation's electricity. Nuclear power technology produces about 60% of our nation’s carbon-free electricity, reduces the emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide significantly, and contributes to a cleaner environment. The same technology supports propulsion of US military submarines and aircraft carriers. Radioactive materials are also used in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Career Fields

  • Nuclear reactor design
  • Plant licensing
  • Plant operation
  • Fuel management and development
  • Radioactive waste disposal
  • Health physics
  • Medical isotope production
  • Medical imaging and treatments
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Fusion research
  • Space nuclear power


Nuclear Engineers Work With:

  • Consulting firms
  • Non-nuclear component companies
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Industrial measurement manufacturers
  • Architect-engineering firms
  • Industrial research centers
  • National laboratories
  • Government agencies

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Research in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

This is an exciting time to pursue research opportunities in nuclear engineering. You will work with faculty in research areas such as neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, nuclear materials, and medical application of nuclear sciences.

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  • Nuclear materials
  • Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics
  • Nano radioisotopes research
  • Medical imaging
  • Computational reactor physics


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