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Master of Nuclear Engineering


The Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline or the applied sciences who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nuclear engineering. The strengths of the NC State program include its first-in-the-nation university nuclear reactor program along with research in fission, fusion, radiation physics and applications.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State. Contact Mr. Richard Shryock, 919-513-3815, associate director of EOL, for general information about engineering and computer science master's programs offered online.

Dr. K.L. Murty,
Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: 919-515-3657
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
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(What will I learn?)

To earn the Master of Nuclear Engineering degree, the student must complete 30 credit hours of graduate level courses with an overall grade-point average of 3.0.

The course work must include a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in nuclear engineering.

A minimum of 9 credit hours are required for a concentration. Common concentration fields include computer engineering, physics, statistics and mechanical engineering.

Students must complete a nuclear engineering project including an oral examination/presentation via Internet technology for online students residing outside of North Carolina.

Students without an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering are required to enroll in NCE 520, Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Minimum requirements for admissions to the Master of Nuclear Engineering program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering discipline. The discipline does not have to be nuclear engineering, but it must have a strong engineering/mathematical curriculum.
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0.
  • Three letters of recommendation

GRE scores are not required.

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: January 15
  • Spring semester: September 15
  • Summer I: January 15
  • Summer II: January 15

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

To register for Engineering Online courses, visit the Engineering Online Registration website.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate EOL (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate COE Fee, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,974.10
Non-resident: $27,524.10

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