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Nuclear Engineering

 

Master | Nuclear Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline or the applied sciences. Requires 30 credit hours. No thesis required. GRE scores are not required for admission.

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. It is a 30 credit hour degree program that does not require a thesis, final oral exam or on-campus residency. 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.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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 from persons able to comment on the applicant’s qualification for graduate study.
  • The Graduate School requires that all international applicants take the TOEFL or IELTS examination unless they have completed one year of study at a university in the United States. The TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within two years of receipt of application.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Completion of 30 credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Coursework must include 15-18 graduate credit hours in nuclear engineering.
  • A minimum of nine credit hours are required outside of nuclear engineering to develop interdisciplinary breadth. Common fields include computer engineering, physics, statistics and mechanical engineering.
  • Completion of a 3 credit hour nuclear engineering project usually taken during the final semester with the report to be approved and graded by the faculty adviser along with one other NE faculty member.
  • At least one nuclear engineering course must be at the 7XX level.
  • Students without an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering are required to enroll in NE 520, Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals.
  • After a student has been admitted and enrolls for the first time, he/she is required to maintain continuous enrollment in each fall and spring semester until completion of the degree program. A student in good academic standing may request a leave of absence for good reasons from the Director of Graduate Programs in Nuclear Engineering. The leave absolutely may not exceed two semesters.
Full-time employed individuals can only enroll in two online courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in only one online course during their first semester.
Examples of courses that will be available through the Engineering Online program in various semesters include:

NE 502 - Reactor Engineering

Units: 3

Thermal-hydraulic design and analysis of nuclear systems. Single and two-phase flow, boiling heat transfer, modeling of fluid systems. Design constraints imposed by thermal-hydraulic considerations are discussed. Credit will not be given for bothNE 402 and NE 502.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

NE 504 - Radiation Safety and Shielding

Units: 3

A basic course in radiation safety and environmental aspects of nuclear power generation. Topics include radiation interaction, photon attenuation, shielding, internal and external dose evaluation, reactor effluents and release of radioactivity into the environment, transportation and disposal of radioactive waste; and environmental impact of nuclear power plants. Term-long project.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

NE 509 - Nuclear Materials

Units: 3

Introduces students to properties and selection of materials for nuclear steam supply systems and to radiation effects on materials. Implications of radiation damage to reactor materials and materials problems in nuclear engineering are discussed. Topics include an overview of nuclear steam supply systems, crystal structure and defects, dislocation theory, mechanical properties, radiation damage, hardening and embrittlement due to radiation exposure and problems concerned with fission and fusion materials. Students cannot receive credit for both 409 and 509.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

NE 512 - Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Units: 3

Processing of nuclear fuel with description of mining, milling, conversion, enrichment, fabrication, irradiation, shipping, reprocessing and waste disposal. Fuel cycle economics and fuel cost calculation. In-core and out-of-core nuclear fuel management, engineering concepts and methodology. Term-long project. Credit for both NE 412 and NE 512 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

NE 520 - Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals

Units: 3

Basics of nuclear physics and reactor physics that are needed for graduate studies in nuclear engineering. Concepts covered include, atomic and nuclear models, nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, radioactive decay, neutron interactions, nuclear reactors, neutron diffusion in non-multiplying and multiplying systems, and basic nuclear reactor kinetics.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

NE 693 - Master's Supervised Research

Units: 1 - 9

Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

Tuition Level: Graduate - Engineering

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $445.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,369.80

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,041.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $31,249.80

Approximate cost per semester: $4,010.94 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 15
SpringSept 15
Summer 1Jan 15
Summer 2Jan 15

Dr. K.L. Murty

Director of Graduate Programs

919-515-3657
murty@ncsu.edu