Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program Requirements

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 number of hours for a graduate in Nuclear Engineering.

Master's Degree Requirements

The Graduate School at The Ohio State University specifies that at least 30 graduate credit hours are required for a Master's Degree as well as a sufficient Thesis or Non-Thesis project. Courses counted toward the coursework requirements must be letter graded (A-E). Any courses taken Spring 2018 and beyond students must earn a grade of C or better in order for courses to count toward the coursework requirements.

Master's - Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 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
  • A Master's Thesis

Master's - Non-Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the Non-Thesis option must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • 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
  • In addition to the non-thesis master’s degree course requirements, students will undertake a special project (NUCLREN 6193) under the direction of the student’s advisor, leading to the preparation of a project report. The format of the project report may be a comprehensive literature review, a research problem, a data analysis, or other topic acceptable to the Graduate Studies Committee. A final presentation is also required followed by an oral examination on the content of the project report.

Doctoral Degree 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. The requirements below are only minimums. Advisors can require additional coursework beyond the minimum. Courses counted toward the coursework requirements must be letter graded (A-E). Any courses taken Spring 2018 and beyond students must earn a grade of C or better in order for courses to count toward the coursework requirements.

For students who did not earn a Master's degree but are pursuing a PhD directly, a Master's degree can be acquired, with your faculty advisor's approval, upon successful completion of the Candidacy Exam.

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:

  • 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)
  • NUCLREN 7865 (Neutron Slowing Down and Thermalization)
  • Three additional nuclear engineering courses 5000-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
  • First author journal submission
  • Successful completion of the Qualifying and Candidacy Exams
  • Submission and successful defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

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 7865 (Neutron Slowing Down and Thremalization)
  • Two additional nuclear engineering course 5000-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
  • First author journal submission
  • Successful completion of the Qualifying and Candidacy Exams
  • Submission and successful defense of a Doctoral Dissertation