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The Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Missouri was established in 1964 and conferred its first Master of Science degree in that same year. Educational programs are closely connected with the research focii of participating faculty members. The master’s program is designed for those entering students with a B.S. degree in engineering or in chemistry or physics. Students from other fields will be considered on an individual basis. Those students who have attained a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering may be given revised curricula depending on their backgrounds and the requirements of the specific program in which they are enrolled. The Ph.D. program is typically tailored to fit the academic needs and research goals of our students. The graduate certificates provide students and working professionals with the opportunity to develop unique skills and expertise for jobs in the areas of nuclear material protection, control and accountability.

Illustrative Areas of Study

Course topics include nuclear materials management, aerosol mechanics, reactor safety analysis, nuclear energy conversion, reactor physics, reactor design, nondestructive testing and measurement, radiative heat transfer, neutron spectrometry, neutron and gamma ray transport, neutron activation analysis, nuclear waste management, nuclear plasma research, health physics, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy and alternative and renewable energy concepts.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering

On Campus

Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Preparation for the Program

Students with degrees in physics or chemistry are generally adequately prepared for the nuclear engineering graduate program. Those from other backgrounds may be required to complete engineering undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, advanced engineering mathematics and the full complement of calculus-based physics, based on the student’s particular experience.

Plan of Study

The nuclear engineering master’s degree program requires 31 hours, including a research project or thesis. The requirements are based on the assumption that the student is entering graduate study with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited school. An original research project is required either in the form of a three-credit master’s project or a six-credit master’s thesis. Typical time-to-degree completion for the master’s degree is 18 months.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: March 1
Spring deadline for International students: September 1
Spring deadline for Domestic Students: October 1
Applications received after those time frames will be reviewed for acceptance only as time permits.

  • Minimum GRE score: none set
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 during last 2 years
  • Undergraduate degree (with a strong math and physics background) in an engineering field, physics, biology, chemistry or mathematics from an accredited institution.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Nuclear Engineering Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation and the online recommendation form from previous instructors or technical employers who are familiar with the student’s qualifications for graduate study, submitted directly online through the application. (If the student is applying to the PhD program, one of these letters must be from the MS advisor.)
  • Statement of Purpose (uploaded via online application)
  • Official GRE score report Department Code 1609

Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering

On Campus

Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Qualifying Examination

The PhD program is a research program and is tailored to meet specific educational needs. To qualify for the research phase of the PhD program, the student must pass a comprehensive, multipart qualifying examination, usually administered during the first semester of study for the PhD.

PhD Plan of Study

If the student is entering the PhD program, the planned course of study will be individually evaluated by the nuclear engineering faculty. A comprehensive examination covering the student’s dissertation topic is required at least seven months before anticipated graduation.The PhD degree is a research degree, with a suitable dissertation topic to be chosen in the respective field and usually requires 24 classroom credits of advanced courses beyond the MS degree and 18 credits of research. Typical time-to-degree completion for the PhD degree is three years past the MS degree.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: March 1
Spring deadline for International students: September 1
Spring deadline for Domestic Students: October 1
Applications received after those time frames will be reviewed for acceptance only as time permits.

  • Minimum GRE score: none set
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 during last 2 years
  • Undergraduate degree (with a strong math and physics background) in an engineering field, physics, biology, chemistry or mathematics from an accredited institution.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Nuclear Engineering Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation and the online recommendation form from previous instructors or technical employers who are familiar with the student’s qualifications for graduate study, submitted directly online through the application. (If the student is applying to the PhD program, one of these letters must be from the MS advisor.)
  • Statement of Purpose (uploaded via online application)
  • Official GRE score report Department Code 1609

Nuclear Safeguards Science and Technology Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The objective of offering the Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Safeguards is to provide graduate students and professional, non-degree-seeking, students in various engineering disciplines with an opportunity to develop unique skills and expertise that will enhance their performance in jobs requiring knowledge of nuclear material protection, control and accountability.

Certificate web site:
site is being updated

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Naz Islam
Director of Graduate Studies
Email:  
Phone:  (573) 882-7570
Address:  319 Engineering Building West, Columbia, MO

Dr. John M. Gahl
Nuclear Engineering Program Director
Email:   
Phone:  (573) 882-5345
Address:  207 Engineering Building West, Columbia, MO