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College of Engineering and Computing

Nuclear Engineering

M.S., M.E. and Ph.D. Degrees

Our graduate level classes provide students with a solid foundation in Nuclear Engineering.

Core Classes

Below are the core classes that are required for the Master's of Science and Master's of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering degrees.

  • EMCH 552: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering (Fall)
  • EMCH 553: Nuclear Fuel Cycles (Spring)
  • EMCH 757: Radiation Shielding (Fall)
  • EMCH 758: Reactor Systems (Spring)

Elective Courses

The elective courses give students the opportunity to tailor the program of study to meet their interests under the direction of academic advisers. You must choose at least 3 for M.S. or at least 5 for M.E. upon approval by your advisor and program of study.

  • EMCH 555: Radiation Detection and Instrumentation
  • EMCH 550: Introduction to Nuclear Safeguards (Summer)
  • EMCH 561: Nuclear Fuel Materials and Behavior (Fall)
  • EMCH 755: Advanced Nuclear Engineering (Spring)
  • EMCH 761F: Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • EMCH 770: Predictive Modeling: Combining Experiments with Computations (Spring)
  • EMCH 573: Introduction to Nuclear Materials (OR: EMCH 772: Nuclear Materials) (Fall)
  • EMCH 754: Thermal Hydraulic Design of Nuclear Reactors (Spring)
  • EMCH 756: Safety Analysis of Energy Systems (Fall)
  • EMCH 759: Waste Management
  • EMCH 774: Radiation Damage in Materials
  • EMCH 753: Chemical Thermodynamic Calculations and Modeling with Applications (Spring)

Engineering Elective

Choose one engineering elective upon approval by your advisor and program of study.

  • Any nuclear engineering elective (from above)
  • A math course (should be advised as which would be most appropriate)
  • Any engineering course at 500 level or higher
  • GEOL 650: Microscopy & Microanalysis
  • All above subject to 700 rule (half courses at 700 level)


Doctoral Program

For doctoral degrees in Nuclear Engineering: A Ph.D. student must complete 12 hours of dissertation credit leading to a dissertation. A student with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field must take at least 18 hours of graded graduate courses. A student without a master’s degree must take at least 48 hours of graduate courses, of which 42 or more hours must be graded graduate courses. The remaining hours can be in research (EMCH 799), and the graded graduate courses must include the core courses required of all master’s degree students.

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