Programs of Study

Master's Program in Energy Engineering: Nuclear Option

reactorThe program in energy engineering is designed to prepare students to perform state-of-the-art work on energy systems. Option tracks in solar energy (through the Department of Mechanical Engineering) and nuclear engineering are available.

Admission Requirements
The department will consider students for enrollment in the energy engineering/nuclear option program who have a bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering or a related area. Those with degrees in other areas may be required to take undergraduate courses in which they are deficient.

Degree Requirements  
Participants in the program may elect to follow a thesis or project option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours excluding seminar: 24 credit hours of course work plus six hours of thesis research. A thesis must be defended in an oral examination conducted by the student’s thesis committee. The project option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours excluding seminar: 27 credit hours of course work plus three credit hours of project work. Students must enroll in at least two semesters of graduate seminar during the period of study.

Thesis or Project
The research work for the thesis or project shall be conducted under the supervision of a department faculty advisor and a committee of two others for the thesis. Students must prepare and submit an acceptable proposal for the thesis or project prior to beginning the work.

Core Requirements
All students working toward the master of science degree in energy engineering/nuclear option must take the following courses:

24.504Energy Engineering Workshop
24.509System Dynamics
22.541Fundamentals of Thermo Fluid Processes
or 10.528
Advanced Transport Phenomena
24.505Reactor Physics
24.507Reactor Engineering Analysis

Elective Requirements
The remainder of the course requirements are to be made up of elective courses. See the elective course listings under the doctor of engineering program.