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Doctoral Program Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 80 graduate credit hours are required after a BS degree for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree.

Information for students who started prior to Fall semester 2012 can be found here.


BS-PhD

Students who have earned a BS degree and wish to pursue a PhD directly must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • Math 4512 (Partial Differential Equations for Science and Engineering) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 5606 (Radiation Protection and Shielding)
  • NUCLREN 5742 (Nuclear Radiations and Their Measurements)
  • NUCLREN 6536 (Nuclear Reactor Systems and Analysis)
  • NUCLREN 6537 (Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics)
  • NUCLREN 6708 (Reactor Theory)
  • NUCLREN 6725 (Nuclear Reactor Dynamics)
  • NUCLREN 6726 (Reactor Dynamics Laboratory)
  • NUCLREN 6766 (Nuclear Engineering Design)
  • NUCLREN 7865 (Neutron Slowing Down and Thremalization)
  • Three additional nuclear engineering courses 6000-level or above are required
  • Two additional mathematics courses 5000-level or above are required
    • One statistics course can be substituted for one mathematics course
  • NUCLREN 8999 (Nuclear Engineering Research for Dissertation)
  • NUCLREN 6881 (Nuclear Engineering Seminar) every semester until Candidacy

MS-PhD

If a master’s degree has been earned by the student, then a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree is required. Students who have already acquired a MS degree must meet the following credit requirements in order to graduate with a PhD degree:

  • Candidates entering Ohio State's Nuclear Engineering PhD Program must have completed MATH 4512 (Partial Differential Equations for Science and Engineering) OR have completed equivalent coursework at previous academic institution. Students may petition the NE Graduate Studies Committee to justify how the courses noted on your transcript satisfy the Program's Math requirement.
  • NUCLREN 6537 (Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics)
  • NUCLREN 7865 (Neutron Slowing Down and Thremalization)
  • Two additional nuclear engineering course 6000-level or above is required
  • Two additional mathematics courses 5000-level or above are required
    • One statistics course can be substituted for one mathematics course
  • NUCLREN 8999 (Nuclear Engineering Research for Dissertation)
  • NUCLREN 6881 (Nuclear Engineering Seminar) every semester until Candidacy

*Note: Students who have not taken NUCLREN 4505 (Introduction to Nuclear Engineering) or an introductory Nuclear Engineering course at another institution are required to take NUCLREN 4505 immediately upon starting their graduate studies. NUCLREN 4505 does not count towards the required 80 semester hours for a PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering.