Applications for the NEP are processed through the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In general, the Nuclear Engineering Program requires that applicants:
- have a minimum TARGET grade point average of 3.2/4.0, or better for either the B.S. degree program or in the last 60 hours of course work
- GRE TARGET scores are:
- 150, verbal
- 155, quantitative
- 4.5, analytical
- students whose native language is not English, must also take the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS, or have COMPLETED a degree from an English speaking institution.
- Minimum TARGET scores:
- 105, total
- 26, Reading and Speaking areas
Final admissions decisions are made based on a holistic evaluation of a candidate’s application materials; research experience and the three letters of recommendation are a significant part of the evaluation of the application.
The Nuclear Engineering Program is under the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In general, NEP processes applications on a rolling basis. However, to be given full consideration for admission and assistantships/fellowships, complete application materials must be received by:
- January 15th, for the Fall Term
- October 1st, for the Spring Term
All application materials should be received by the deadlines for admission. Please be aware that the Graduate School has different application deadlines. Refer to their website for those deadlines and submit your application to meet the earlier of the deadlines. The online application and additional information about requirements and how to apply may be found on the Graduate School website.
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research areas most interests them by sending a resume and a cover letter via e-mail.
Depending on desired degree path, there may be different requirements. See below for additional information:
For those students possessing a Bachelor’s degree (but not an advanced degree), graduation from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, with an undergraduate overall grade point average (GPA) exceeding 3.5 (“A” = 4.0) is required. It is expected that exceptional undergraduate students would have a higher success rate in completing the Ph.D. program. If an undergraduate student has a GPA lower than 3.5, that student should apply instead to the Master’s degree program. This 3.5 GPA requirement exceeds the Mechanical Engineering department requirement of a 3.2 GPA and the University requirement of a 3.0 GPA. In addition, the most competitive applicants will have an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering, or have an emphasis or minor in nuclear engineering. However, other relevant science and engineering disciplines will also be considered.
Master’ to Ph.D
For those students already possessing a Master’s degree, a graduate-level grade point average of at least 3.2 is required. This is consistent with the Mechanical Engineering department policy, but exceeds the University requirement of a 3.0 GPA. In addition, the most competitive applicants will have a Master’s degree in nuclear engineering, or have a graduate certificate or significant course work in nuclear engineering. However, other relevant science and engineering disciplines will be considered for top applicants with the understanding that it may take an extra year to complete the Ph.D. degree requirements to make up for the missing core background.