The M.S. designation requires completing a 30 credit-hour program subject to the following requirements. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 ("A" = 4.0) is required for all coursework taken at the University. This policy is consistent with Mechanical Engineering department policy and University policy. No grade below B is allowed for any M.S. core course. Failure to earn a grade of B in a M.S. core course requires retaking the course. Courses must be taken for a letter grade--not Pass/Fail (unless the course is only offered as Pass/Fail).

If a student is entering from another graduate program, not more than 50% of required grade course work from another institution may be transferred. These transfer credits may be applied to the core course requirements including the mathematics requirement, or to the elective requirements. All transferred course credits must have the grade of "B" or higher and have been earned while enrolled as a graduate student. All transfer credits must be accompanied by transcripts which verify the grades earned. Course descriptions might also be required. Transfer courses on the Plan of Study must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee. Enrollment in 6000-level and 7000-level courses typically consists of only Doctoral students. See the Sample Plan of Study for an example schedule to complete the required courses.

Core Courses: All Master's students will complete the following five courses (total of 15 credit hours).

  • NSEG 5124 Nuclear Reactor Analysis (3 cr)
  • NSEG 5204 Nuclear Fuel Cycle (3 cr)
  • NSEG 5424 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (3 cr)
  • NSEG 5604 Radiation Detection and Shielding (3 cr)
  • Mathematics course from Appendix A (3 cr)*

*The "Mathematics course from Appendix A (3 cr)" represents a minimum of 3 graded credit-hours of mathematics or statistics courses. Appropriate input is provided by the Advisor to determine which mathematics/statistics course(s) is/are to be taken by the student in support of their thesis.

Elective Courses: Six credit-hours of NSEG 5000-level or higher courses as approved by the Advisory Committee are required. However, if only six credit-hours of NSEG 5994 are applied toward the degree instead of nine credit-hours (see Research and Thesis below), the student must take an additional 3 credits of any science, engineering or mathematics 5000-level or higher course, as approved by their Advisor, to satisfy the requirement for a total of 30 credit-hours for the M.S. degree.

Research and Thesis A minimum of 6 credits of NSEG 5994 Research and Thesis (variable) not to exceed 9 credits which can be applied toward the degree. (A sample plan of study for the M.S. designation is included in Appendix B).

Additional Requirements

  • Seminar Program All students must participate in the nuclear engineering program seminar series. The seminars will consist of periodic presentations by on- and off-campus speakers to address both technical issues and policy issues. Policy issues should address public concerns and controversies of nuclear energy and science, nuclear weapons proliferation, national energy policy, nuclear security, public education on radiation, cybersecurity, etc. One purpose of the seminars is to broaden student interest in the policy arena and encourage them to take elective policy courses outside the nuclear engineering discipline such as in international policy, nuclear security, science and technology in society, political science, etc. In addition, each student is expected to give one seminar on their research/project topic before they graduate.
  • Formation of Advisory Committee Before registration for the second semester of study, each graduate student must confer with the members of the faculty and obtain the agreement of one to serve as the student's advisor. Students are expected to take the initiative in selecting their advisor. Advisors are not assigned to students; rather, they are determined by mutual agreement between individual students and professors. A student's advisor provides guidance in many areas including defining a plan of study and monitoring the student's progress toward his or her degree. The advisor must be a faculty member in the nuclear engineering program. Alternatively, the student's co-advisor must be a faculty member in the nuclear engineering program. The Master's student and his or her advisor jointly select the other members of the Advisory Committee. The composition of the committee is intended to reflect the scientific expertise needed to advise the student during their training. For a Master's degree, there must be three members on the Committee counting the student's advisor, two of whom must be in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The Master's student and his or her advisor are responsible for arranging meetings of the Advisory Committee at appropriate times. It is strongly recommended that the Advisory Committee meets when the student is starting his or her research to discuss the undertaking. As a minimum, each student should arrange a meeting with his or her Advisory Committee at least once per semester. Each student should meet with the advisor regularly to discuss the status of the graduate progress towards the degree.
  • Master's Final Examination (comprising a written thesis or project report and an oral defense) It is required that all Master's candidates prior to graduation take an oral final examination, covering not only their thesis or engineering project, but also their general engineering knowledge. A student will have completed all 30 credit-hours required of their program by the end of the semester that the Final Examination is scheduled. All members of a student's Advisory Committee are required to participate in that student's final examination. If suitable communication resources are available, committee members may participate from a remote location. In accordance with University policy, all graduate examinations are open to the faculty and faculty members are encouraged to attend and participate in such meetings. The examination is oral in nature, during which the candidate gives a brief review of his or her work, and answers questions on the work that follows. To pass the final examination, a student is allowed at most one Unsatisfactory vote from a program committee member. If a student fails an examination, one full semester (a minimum of 15 weeks) must elapse before the second examination is scheduled. Not more than two opportunities to pass the final examination are allowed. A student failing the final examination two times will be dismissed from graduate studies by the Graduate School.

Sample Plan of Study