Minimum admissions and prerequisite requirements for graduate Nuclear Science and Engineering programs are as follows:
Entering graduate students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, but must have certain fundamental knowledge and skills to successfully complete a degree in Nuclear Engineering. A baccalaureate degree in engineering or science from an accredited program is required. The necessary prerequisites include:
- mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations
- physics coursework up to and including courses in modern physics and introductory nuclear physics
- engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow
Applicants may be accepted conditionally and will be required to complete necessary background courses prior to full admission into the program.
Applications into the program must contain official transcripts of all previous college work, three letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, financial affidavit (international students), a statement of intent, and any supporting materials the applicant wishes to provide. International students whose native language is not English must submit scores meeting institutionally required minimum values from an English proficiency examination (TOEFL or IELTS).
Students choosing to participate in a minor degree program must meet the admissions requirements of their home degree program and the prerequisite requirements for any course completed as part of the minor.
Students are invited to apply to any of the NSE degree programs. However, students are encouraged to consider the following guidelines when applying:
- Admission to the Nuclear Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs is usually contingent upon the identification of a source of student financial support and finding an interested faculty research advisor during the review process.
- If a source of support and/or a faculty research advisor cannot be identified during the review of an application, qualified students may instead be offered admission into the Nuclear Engineering M.E. degree program.
- After a student has enrolled in the Nuclear Engineering M.E. program, he or she may switch to the M.S. program with the support of a faculty research advisor. This provides students the opportunity to begin graduate work in the NSE program while looking for a faculty research advisor and financial support.
- Graduate students in the Nuclear Engineering M.E. program are not typically offered financial support.
- Admission to the Ph.D. program also usually depends upon the student having completed a thesis-based Masters degree.
- Applicants who apply to the Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. program without having completed a relevant thesis-based Masters degree will be considerd for admission to the Nuclear Engineering M.S. or M.E. degree program as described above.
- These students may then re-apply to the Ph.D. progam as they complete their Masters degree.
For more information about scheduling a campus visit and applying, please visit Graduate Admissions.