Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program

The Nuclear Engineering program offers the master of science, the doctor of engineering, and the doctor of philosophy degrees. To enter our graduate program, you should hold a B.S. degree in some branch of engineering or physical science. 

M.S. Degree

The master's degree program is designed to provide you with competence in designing nuclear energy systems and learning their operation based upon your scientific and engineering background. Competence in at least one supporting area (usually your undergraduate major, if other than nuclear engineering) is also required. You may choose an M.S. with thesis requiring a total of 30 hours or an M.S. without thesis requiring 30 hours.


In the Ph.D. program, a student must complete a research project and write a dissertation of sufficient caliber to demonstrate his/her capacity to conduct original investigations, to analyze the results critically, and to develop sound conclusions. The dissertation should represent original research acceptable for publication in a refereed journal.

Qualifying Examination Policy

Graduate Forms

GLO Rubric

University Graduate Forms

Research areas in which you can specialize are:

  • reactor design
  • reactor safety
  • probabilistic risk assessment
  • thermal hydraulics
  • radiation effects
  • radiation protection
  • radiation transport and shielding
  • space nuclear power
  • materials for nuclear applications
  • fuel cycle
  • radioactive waste management
  • applications of radioisotopes