Nuclear Graduate Degrees Offered


The department offers the following degrees in advanced study in Nuclear Engineering:

  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (non-thesis) options
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, concentration in Radiation Protection Engineering (Plan II)
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, concentration in Medical Physics (Plan II) (on hold)
  • 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. 
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.

  • NE 501/502: 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)
  • NE 410: Nuclear Reactor Theory (required for those students who do not have a background in nuclear reactor theory) (3 cr)

MS, Plan I (Thesis option)

  • 24 hrs of course work, including core courses
  • 6 hrs thesis
  • Significant milestones:
    • Thesis defense
    • Submission of completed thesis

MS, Plan II (Non-thesis option)
NOTE: The non-thesis option is available only with prior approval

  • 33 hrs coursework, including core courses, and maximum of 6 hrs of NE 551/552: Problems
  • Completion of Master’s project under the direction of a faculty member (typically be done as part of a Problems course)
  • Significant milestones:
    • Master’s Examination, consisting of an oral presentation and defense of the student’s major project, as well as oral examination of the student’s discipline principles

PhD

  • A minimum of 48 hrs of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree (excluding dissertation hrs)
    • At least 24 hours of coursework applied to the degree must be completed at UNM
    • At least 18 hours must be completed after formal admission to the doctoral program (or approval of Change of Degree Form for students continuing from the MS)
    • 24 hours maximum credit applied to a master’s degree, which may include up to 6 hours of thesis credit
  • 18 hours dissertation
  • Significant milestones:
    • Comprehensive Exam
    • Dissertation defense
    • Submission of completed dissertation

More Information

MS in Nuclear Engineering, Radiation Protection Engineering concentration
Pre-requisites for application
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited program or
  • Bachelor’s degree including:
    • A minimum of one year of general college chemistry with laboratory
    • One year of general college physics with laboratory
    • One year of differential and integral calculus
    • A semester of differential equations
    • 1 semester hour of computer programming
    • 32 semester hours of mathematics (calculus level or above) and science
Degree program overview
Information presented here provides a quick overview of the degree programs; consult the UNM catalog for complete details.
  • 30 hours of courses, including 12 credit hours of electives and the following core courses:
    • NE 524: Interaction of Radiation with Matter (3 cr)
    • NE 528: External Radiation Dosimetry (3 cr)
    • Pharm 413: Radiopharmacy Health Physics and Radiation Biology (3 cr)
    • NE 529: Internal Radiation Dosimetry (3 cr)
    • NE 523L: Environmental Radiation Measurements Laboratory (3 cr)
  • 6 hours of practicum involving a semester long project in health physics under the supervision of a certified health physicist
  • Significant milestones:
    • Master’s Examination, consisting of an oral presentation and defense of the student’s practicum project, as well as oral examination of the student’s discipline principles