Graduate degrees and certificates

The nuclear engineering department offers a master of science, doctor of philosophy and doctor of engineering. Interested in enrolling in the graduate program? Make sure you hold a bachelor of science degree in some branch of engineering or physical science.

Master of Science

Designed to provide you with competence in designing nuclear energy systems and learning their operation. You may choose a master of science with a thesis, which requires a total of 30 credit hours, or a master of science without a thesis, which requires a total of 36 credit hours.


Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Engineering

You must complete a research project and write a dissertation to demonstrate your capacity to conduct original investigations, to analyze results critically, and to develop sound conclusions. The dissertation should represent original research acceptable for publication in a refereed journal.

Graduate program information

Research areas

As a graduate student in the nuclear engineering program, much of your time will be spent conducting research. You'll be able to choose from a number of different research areas, including:

  • Reactor design and safety
  • Thermal hydraulics
  • Radiation effects
  • Radiation dosimetry, protection and health physics
  • Radiation transport and shielding
  • Space nuclear power
  • Materials for nuclear applications
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Radiation imaging and its applications in medicine and industry
  • Radiation measurements and spectroscopy

Research and computer labs

And you'll be doing this research in state-of-the-art labs, including the state's first nuclear reactor. The MSTR, as it's called, has been in operation since 1961. It is a "swimming pool" reactor, so called because it sits near the bottom of a large concrete pool of water, and is currently licensed to operate at 200 kilowatts thermal power. 

Other research and computer labs at your disposal include an internet-accessible hot cell facility, radiation measurement and spectroscopy laboratory (RMSL), nuclear materials laboratory, computer laboratory, two-phase flow and thermal-hydraulics laboratory (TFTL), advanced radiography and tomography lab and neutron generator laboratory.

  • Research and computer labs