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Master's Program Course Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 30 graduate credit hours are required for a Master's Degree. 

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


Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate with a Master's 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 6708 (Reactor Theory)
  • NUCLREN 6725 (Nuclear Reactor Dynamics)
  • NUCLREN 6726 (Reactor Dynamics Laboratory)
  • NUCLREN 6766 (Nuclear Engineering Design)
  • One additional nuclear engineering course 5000-level or above is required
  • Any additional hours required must be NUCLREN 8998 (Graduate Research in Nuclear Engineering) or a combination of NUCLREN 8998 and coursework 5000-level and above (nuclear engineering) or 4000-level and above (non-nuclear engineering).
  • NUCLREN 6881 (Nuclear Engineering Seminar) every semester until graduation

Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate with a Master's 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 6708 (Reactor Theory)
  • NUCLREN 6725 (Nuclear Reactor Dynamics)
  • NUCLREN 6726 (Reactor Dynamics Laboratory)
  • NUCLREN 6766 (Nuclear Engineering Design)
  • Two additional nuclear engineering courses 5000-level or above are required
  • Any additional hours required must be NUCLREN 6193 (Individual Studies in Nuclear Engineering) or a combination of NUCLREN 6193 and coursework 5000-level and above (nuclear engineering) or 4000-level and above (non-nuclear engineering).
  • NUCLREN 6881 (Nuclear Engineering Seminar) every semester until graduation

*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 30 semester hours for a MS degree in Nuclear Engineering.