Graduate Curricula

Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering

The Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (M.S.N.E.) has both thesis and non-thesis options.  In addition, students have the option of adding a concentration in Nuclear Enterprise Management (NEM).  Depending upon the track chosen, the M.S.N.E. requires completion of 30 or 36 credit hours.  No more than six semester hours at the 4000 level can be counted toward the degree requirement.

The M.S.N.E. degree (non-NEM) has the following minimum course credit-hour requirements.

 With ThesisWithout Thesis
Major Area1215
Mathematics33
Electives612
Thesis (NRE 7000)90
Total for Degree3030

The required courses for this degree are:

  • NRE 6101 Transport Fundamentals
  • NRE 6102 Plasma Physics
  • NRE 6201 Reactor Physics
  • NRE 6401 Advanced Nuclear Engineering Design (required for the non-thesis option)
  • NRE 6756 Radiation Physics

NRE6102 (Plasma Physics), NRE6201 (Reactor Physics), and NRE6756 (Radiation Physics) are each the second course in a two-course sequence; knowledge of the material covered in the first course in each sequence is assumed.  The following are also recommended:

  • Students who have not had an undergraduate course covering the material in NRE4610 (Introduction to Fusion) are advised to take that course prior to taking NRE6102
  • Students who have not had an undergraduate course covering the material in NRE4204 (Nuclear Reactor Physics) are advised to take that course as a make-up prior to taking NRE6201;
  • Students who have not had an undergraduate course covering the material in NRE 3301 (Radiation Physics) are advised to take that course as a make-up prior to taking NRE6756.
  • Knowledge of mathematics at or above the level found in advanced engineering mathematics courses is required.  This includes but is not limited to familiarity with: 1) solutions of PDE boundary value problems by separation of variables and eigenfunction expansion, 2) Fourier and LaPlace transforms, and 3) orthogonal polynomial expansions.  Knowledge of vectors, tensors and complex analysis is desirable.  MATH 4581 or the equivalent is recommended.

The M.S.N.E. degree with Nuclear Enterprise Management concentration (M.S.N.E. w/NEM) has the following minimum course credit-hour requirements.

 With Thesis1Without Thesis
Required1215
Math233
Electives00
Thesis90
NEM Core Courses  

NRE 8803

33

MGT / ISYE

99
Total for Degree3630

1 NEM Concentration must take NRE6103 or NRE/ME6758 as math requirement

2 Math Substitute – NRE6103 or NRE/MP6758

 

In addition to the required core courses for the M.S degree, the NEM Concentration has the following required courses:

CategoryIdentifierCreditsTitle
CoreNRE 88033Management of the Nuclear Enterprise
ME / MGT 67533Principles of Management for Engineers
MGT 60003Financial Management and Accounting

Electives

(choose one)

ISYE 66733Financial Optimization
ISYE 62303Economic Decision Analysis
MGT 61003Leadership and Organizational Behavior
ISYE 61013Organizational Behavior
ISYE 62293Productivity Analysis
ISYE 66733High-Tech Ventures
ISYE 66743Management of Technology Projects
ISYE 67773Analysis of Emerging Technologies

Courses from the School of Mathematics as well as ISyE 6401, ISyE 6739, and NRE 6103 fulfill the mathematics requirement for the standard track; the NEM requirement allows only NRE6103 or NRE/ME6758 to fulfill the math requirement.

Any course in which you don't receive a C or higher, or any course taken for a non-letter grade (except the thesis, transfer credit, or advanced standing) do not meet these course requirements. All courses must be at the 4000 level and above. No more than six semester hours at the 4000 level can be counted toward the degree requirements.

The items listed below cannot be used to meet the course requirements for the M.S.N.E. degree:

  • Any course in which you do not receive a grade of C or higher;
  • Any course taken for a non-letter grade (except thesis, transfer credit, or advanced standing); and
  • Any course required for the B.S.N.E. degree;
  • CETL course work

 

Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering

The doctoral degree in NE requires 42 semester hours of course work (on a letter-grade basis) beyond the bachelor's degree or its equivalent. The doctoral degree in NE also allows for a specialization in Nuclear Enterprise Management.  Required course work for the Medical Physics option of the NE degree is 52 hours beyond the bachelor's degree or its equivalent. A total of 36 semester hours must be at the 6000 level or above. Up to six semester hours may be at the 4000 level. Any courses required for the B.S.N.R.E do not meet these respective course requirements. Course grades must be C or higher to satisfy PhD degree requirements.  Also, CETL classes do not meet these respective course requirements.

 

Nuclear Engineering

Major Area24Must be in a coherent subject area appropriate to NE/RE.  If you completed a master's thesis in this area, it may count for nine semester hours toward this requirement.
Minor Area9Must be distinctly different from the major area.  The minor is intended to provide depth in an area not directly needed for Ph.D. research or related to the principal area of expertise.
Electives9 
Total42 

 

Nuclear Engineering with Nuclear Enterprise Management specialization

Major Area21Must be in a coherent subject area appropriate to NE/RE.  If you completed a master's thesis in this area, it may count for nine semester hours toward this requirement.
Minor Area9Must be distinctly different from the major area.  The minor is intended to provide depth in an area not directly needed for Ph.D. research or related to the principal area of expertise.
Electives9Electives must be selected from the approved list of MGT and ISYE courses.
Other3NRE8803 - Management of the Nuclear Enterprise1
Total42 

1 Required course per the NEM Concentration