Graduate Admissions - Nuclear Science and Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

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Admissions Updates:

Applications for non-Thesis Master’s of Engineering for fall 2017 will be accepted until July 1.

We are no longer accepting funded PhD and Thesis-based Master’s applications for fall 2017. 

Minimum admissions and prerequisite requirements for graduate Nuclear Science and Engineering programs are as follows:

Domestic Students

Offers for PhD and Thesis-based Master’s are made between January and April.  All applicants will be notified of their admission decision by May 1.

Applications are still being accepted for non-thesis, non-thesis dual degree and self-funded PhD programs.  Deadline for consideration is July 1.

Spring 2018 application deadline is November 1.

International Students

The deadline for consideration has passed for fall 2017. 

Spring 2018 application deadline is October 1.

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Entering graduate students may come from a variety of educational backgrounds, but must have certain fundamental knowledge and skills to successfully complete a degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering. A baccalaureate degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, or closely related field required. The necessary prerequisites include:

  • mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations
  • physics up to and including courses in modern physics
  • thermodynamics

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).

Minor Degrees

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.

 Admissions Considerations

Students are invited to apply to any of the Nuclear Science and Engineering degree programs. However, students are encouraged to consider the following guidelines when applying:

  • Admission to the Nuclear Science and 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 Science and Engineering M.E. degree program.
    • After a student has enrolled in the Nuclear Science and 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 Nuclear Science and Engineering program while looking for a faculty research advisor and financial support.
    • Graduate students in the Nuclear Science and 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 Master's degree.
    • Applicants who apply to the Nuclear Science and Engineering Ph.D. program without having completed a relevant thesis-based Master's degree will be considerd for admission to the Nuclear Science and Engineering M.S. or M.E. degree program as described above.
    • These students may then re-apply to the Ph.D. program as they complete their Master's degree.

For more information about scheduling a campus visit and applying, please contact Dr. Mark Jensen (

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