Nuclear Engineering Academics

Nuclear Engineering Courses

The Nuclear Engineering Program offers courses in all major topic areas including power, nonproliferation, medicine, and policy.

The program offers the following graduate degrees. Detailed information can be found by following the links. Interested students are encouraged to apply.

General department requirements, policy and application questions.

DEGREES

  • Master of Science (M.S.)

    MSc

    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).

    For Requirements view the Graduate Catalog here

    Sample Plan of Study



  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

    MEng

    The M.Eng. degree 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.Eng. core course. Failure to earn a grade of B in a M.Eng. 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. Erollment 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: Nine credit-hours of NSEG 5000-level or higher courses as approved by the Advisory Committee are required. However, if only three credit-hours of NSEG 5904 are applied toward the degree instead of six credit-hours (see Project and Report below), the student must take an additional three credit-hours 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.Eng. degree.

    Project and Report A minimum of 3 credits of NSEG 5904 Project and Report (variable) not to exceed 6 credits which can be applied toward the degree. A complete list of NSEG (Nuclear Science and Engineering) courses, nuclear-related Mechanical Engineering courses, and approved mathematics/statistics courses can be found in Appendix A.

    For Requirements view the Graduate Catalog here

    Sample Plans of Study

    Full Time

    Part Time


  • Doctorate Program (Ph.D.)

    PhD

    The target population of incoming direct PhD students is expected to be from undergraduate nuclear engineering programs as well as the general undergraduate engineering and physics pool. However, the target population for Master’s to Ph.D. will be from Master’s level nuclear engineering programs. Recruitment efforts will also focus on having the best M.S. nuclear engineering students at Virginia Tech continue on to obtain their Ph.D. Emphasis will be placed on recruiting a well-qualified, diverse background (gender, race, disabled, etc.) of students into the nuclear engineering program.

    In the process of earning his/her degree, a Ph.D. student gains a deep knowledge of the nuclear engineering subject matter and independently carries out a comprehensive research project. Accordingly, each student’s curriculum will be specifically tailored by his/her Advisory Committee within the requirements listed.

    For Requirements view the Graduate Catalog here

    Sample Plans of Study

    Direct PhD

    Masters to PhD


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