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Nuclear Engineering Concentration

Program Overview

The 100% online, 30-credit hour nuclear engineering (NE) concentration is packed in our Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)/Master of Science (MS) degree. The online master's program in nuclear engineering is a concentration created for professionals who wish to build a competitive edge in a wide variety of industries.  As a student in this program, you will focus heavily on nuclear engineering topics and technical knowledge. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is ranked #3 in the top ten programs by US News and World Report, along with the Nuclear Engineering graduate program ranked in the top ten by US News and World Report.

Course Topical Areas: 

Nuclear Engineering - Reactor Physics Thermalhydraulics
Nuclear Materials Radiation and Security
Fusion Machine Learning

Online Plan of Study Overview

The MSE/MS master's program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals. Every POS varies based on student interest, time, and course load. 

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total core NE courses (9 hours)
_____ total other engineering courses (9 hours)
_____ total other elective courses (12 hours)
_____ total credit hours (30 hours)

View detailed NE concentration requirements


Job Outlook

For engineers considering additional training in nuclear engineering coursework and certification, it helps to examine the job outlook for that specific discipline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for nuclear engineers will increase about 4% between now and 2026. As of 2018, the median salary for nuclear engineers was generally about 15% greater than the median aggregate salary of all engineers. 

Admissions

Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering ABET-accredited program or equivalent.*

* If you hold a bachelor’s degree in an Engineering-related area (Science, Mathematics or Technology) or from an Engineering program that is not ABET-accredited, you will need to demonstrate minimum math compliance: 

  • 2 Completed College Level Engineering Calculus Courses
  • 1 Completed Differential Equations or Linear Algebra Course

3.0/4.0 Minimum GPA

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Application to the Purdue Graduate School with paid application fee ($60/$75)
    • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering
    • Area of Interest: Biomedical Engineering
  • Statement of Purpose (300-500 words)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • TOEFL scores (international only)
  • Current Resume
  • Math requirement compliance where applicable

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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