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Master's Program

This degree program serves those seeking the Master of Science (M.S.) degree as well as those planning to work eventually toward the Ph.D. degree. A transition to the Direct Ph.D. program can be made during a master's program with the approval of the Graduate Committee provided that certain criteria are met.

The School of Nuclear Engineering offers a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering (M.S.N.E.) The degree programs available are (1) thesis option and (2) course-work option. Degree requirements are listed below. Please note that the course-work option is intended for students planning to pursue a career in industry and is not encouraged for students interested in research.

Thesis option:

  • 24 credit hours of 500-600 level courses
    • NUCL 501 (Nuclear Engineering Principles) *
    • NUCL 504 (Nuclear Engineering Experiments)**
    • NUCL 510 (Nuclear Reactor Theory I)
    • NUCL 520 (Radiation Effects and Reactor Materials)
    • NUCL 551 (Mass, Momentum and Energy Transfer in Energy Systems)
    • NUCL 580 (Nuclear Engineering Technical Writing) ***
    • 6 credit hours of mathematics/computer science courses
    • Additional courses deemed relevant by the student's faculty advisor
  • 9 credit hours of nuclear engineering research
* NUCL 501 is not required for students with an undergraduate nuclear engineering background
** NUCL 504 is not required for students with a B.S.N.E. from Purdue University
***Including 6 hours of approved math, computer science or other computational course. *NUCL 580 is not included in 24 hours or credit but is required to be listed on the plan of study

Course-Work Option

  • 33 credit hours of 500-600 level courses
    • NUCL 501 (Nuclear Engineering Principles)*
    • NUCL 504 (Nuclear Engineering Experiments)**
    • NUCL 510 (Nuclear Reactor Theory I)
    • NUCL 520 (Radiation Effects and Reactor Materials)
    • NUCL 551 (Mass, Momentum and Energy Transfer in Energy Systems)
    • NUCL 580 (Nuclear Engineering Technical Writing)***
    • 6 credit hours of mathematics/computer science courses
    • Additional courses deemed relevant by the student's faculty advisor
* NUCL 501 is not required for students with an undergraduate nuclear engineering background
** NUCL 504 is not required for students with a B.S.N.E. from Purdue University
***Including 6 hours of approved math, computer science or other computational courses. *NUCL 580 is not included in the 24 hours of credit but is required to be listed on the plan of study