Graduate Program Overview

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at UNM offers an MS in Nuclear Engineering with several options for concentration and a PhD in Engineering with a Nuclear Engineering concentration.

  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, Plan I (thesis), Plan II (non-thesis/practicum) options, and Plan III (Coursework only).
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, concentration in Radiation Protection Engineering (Plan II)
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, concentration in Medical Physics (Plan II)
  • PhD in Engineering, concentration in Nuclear Engineering

General requirements for the degrees offered follow.

Information presented here provides a quick overview of the degree programs; consult the UNM catalog for complete details.

Core Courses (MS, PhD)

Students pursing an MS or PhD in nuclear engineering are required to take the core courses listed below.

Please note: Courses listed below are for traditional MS and PhDs in Nuclear Engineering. Core courses differ for students pursuing a Master’s with a concentration in Radiation Protection Engineering or Medical Physics. You can find details on the above topics and more in this section.

  • NE 501: Graduate Seminar (required every semester up to 3 semesters for MS students, up to 6 semesters for PhD students) (1 cr)
  • NE 525: Methods of Analysis in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering (3 cr)
  • Two of the following courses: NE 511, NE 520, NE 524, NE 564, or NE 571
  • NE 510: Nuclear Reactor Theory (required for those students who do not have the equivalent completed in Nuclear Reactor Theory) (3 cr)

Research Areas

The nuclear engineering research graduate programs at The University of New Mexico include:

  • Radiation Transport
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Reactor Physics
  • Criticality Safety
  • Material Behavior in Extreme Environments, Accident-tolerant fuel
  • Nuclear Fuel Development and Simulation
  • Radiation Damage in Materials, Structure-Property Relations
  • Thermal-Hydraulics and Safety Analysis of Nuclear Reactors
  • Space Nuclear Power and Thermal Propulsion
  • Radiation Detection and Detector Development for Nuclear Safeguards and Nonproliferation
  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Our Faculty

Nuclear Engineering faculty are global leaders in Nuclear Engineering field, working closely with our national laboratories, advancing research, and providing an interactive learning environment for all our students. Rising to the challenges of today greatest problems the Nuclear Engineering diverse faculty is leading the way in advancing nuclear technology and science.