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Nuclear Engineering M.S. 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

The Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Program has initiated a non-thesis master’s degree option that is oriented towards students who want a career in the nuclear industry, but who do not intend for research to be a major aspect of their career and do not plan to continue to obtain a PhD.   For students who have completed the Ohio State University undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering, an additional year of course work would be sufficient to fulfill the non-thesis master’s degree course requirements. Students who have not taken undergraduate nuclear engineering courses would be eligible for this option but would require more time to complete their degree.

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

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.  Although not precluded, it is expected that students choosing the non-thesis master’s degree option would not be supported by Graduate Research Associateships (GRAs), Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTAs), or fellowships.


*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.