Nuclear Engineering

Degree requirements for the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for the Nuclear Engineering graduate program are detailed below. In order to graduate with an MS or a PhD in the Mechanical Engineering graduate program a student must meet all requirements established by the program (as outlined in the MAE Graduate Programs Handbook) and the University (as outlined in the Graduate School Handbook).

Master's Degree Requirements

There are two paths for students seeking a MS degree in the Nuclear Engineering graduate program: a thesis path and a non-thesis path. A minimum of 30 credit hours, including coursework and a satisfactory thesis or non-thesis project is required to obtain a MS degree. The entire work for the MS degree must be completed within a period of six calendar years.

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The specific requirements for both the thesis and non-thesis paths are as follows:

Thesis Path

Students who wish to pursue the thesis path 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

 

Non-Thesis Path

Students who wish to pursue the non-thesis path 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

There are two potential paths for students pursuing a PhD in the Nuclear Engineering graduate program: a BS-PhD path and a MS-PhD path.

  • Students on the BS-PhD path begin work toward a Doctoral degree directly after receiving a baccalaureate degree.
  • Students on the MS-PhD path begin work toward a Doctoral degree after receiving a master’s degree.

A minimum of 80 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including coursework and a dissertation, are required to obtain a doctoral degree. If a student has obtained a master’s degree at Ohio State or elsewhere, then a minimum of 50 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s is required. The entire work for the PhD degree must be completed within a period of nine calendar years.

Click here for a downloadable PDF version of these requirements.

The specific requirements for both the BS-PhD and MS-PhD paths are as follows:

BS-PhD Path

Students who have earned a BS degree and wish to pursue a PhD directly 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)
  • 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 Path

Students who have already earned a MS degree and are pursuing a PhD must meet the following requirements in order to graduate:

  • NUCLREN 5606 (Radiation Protection and Shielding) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 5742 (Nuclear Radiations and Their Measurements) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 6536 (Nuclear Reactor Systems and Analysis) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 6708 (Reactor Theory) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 6725 (Nuclear Reactor Dynamics) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 6726 (Reactor Dynamics Laboratory) or equivalent
  • NUCLREN 6766 (Nuclear Engineering Design) or equivalent
  • 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 Thermalization)
  • 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

Important Notes

  • 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.