MS Plan II (Non-Thesis) Degree Requirements

The Plan II (non-thesis) Master’s is considered a terminal or professional degree.  Students interested in this option must obtain pre-approval from the NE Graduate Advisor.

The non-thesis Master’s requires 33 credit hours of coursework including the departmental core courses and a maximum, including core courses and a maximum of 6 hrs of NE 551/552: Problems. 

Core courses include:

  • NE 501: Graduate Seminar (1 cr. required every semester;  up to 3 credits may be applied toward the MS)
  • NE 525: Methods of Analysis in Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Engineering  (3 cr)
  • NE 410: Nuclear Reactor Theory I (required only for students who do not have a background in nuclear reactor theory)

The non-thesis option requires completion of a Master’s project under the direction of a faculty member (typically done as part of a Problems course).  The Master’s project is then presented in a Master’s Examination, consisting of an oral presentation and defense of the student’s major project, as well as demonstrating knowledge  of broader principles of the discipline.

Master’s students submit a Program of Studies listing all courses being applied to the degree no later than the term before the student intends to graduate. 

Approaching the conclusion of the degree, students must submit the Intent to Graduate form prior to the beginning of their final semester.  At least two weeks prior to the Master’s project defense, students submit an Announcement of Exam.  Following the defense, students submit a Report of Exam.  Degree requirements must be completed by Office of Graduate deadline.  The deadline is published on the Office of Graduate Studies calendar.

This is intended as a quick overview of degree requirements.  Consult the UNM Catalog and Graduate Handbook for additional details.