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)
  • 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 4 semesters for MS students, up to 8 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:
    • Qualifying Exam: The qualifying exam in chemical engineering consists of a written and oral exam and is required for all students to proceed in the doctoral program. The Exam should be taken at the first opportunity after completing the required core courses.
    • 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