Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Program Description

The PhD program in Nuclear Engineering, initiated in 1965, is typically 36 months in length (beyond the M.S. degree) with a total of 36 to 60 credit hours plus dissertation. The program is under the supervision of the Department of Engineering Physics with specializations available in nuclear weapons effects, counterproliferation, radiation detection, radiation effects on electronics, and neutral particle transport.

A program of study is largely determined by the areas and depth of knowledge required by the student in order to adequately carry out the research in his or her chosen specialization. Program content and length are embodied in the student's "approved program" and reflect departmental guidelines, as well as the school's doctoral degree requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: A Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Physics. 

Note: In addition to the academic criteria, this program also requires a SECRET security clearance and appropriate certification to need to know. Interested students should contact the Department of Engineering Physics for details.

GPA Required: 3.50 (MS); 3.00 (BS)

Test Required: GRE - 156V/151Q (within the last five years)

USAF Education Codes: 4QYY, Nuclear Engineering, General; 4QCY, Nuclear and Radiation Effects; 4QDY, Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction; 8HKY, Nuclear Effect Physics; 8HLY, Nuclear Physics

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • This program is designed to produce graduates broadly educated at the highest level who are capable of actively identifying, conducting, directing, and evaluating nuclear weapons and effects research at the frontiers of knowledge.

  • The successful student should be able to perform duties as a research scientist/engineer and scientific manager in order to develop the basic science and technology base required for new Air Force weapons systems.

Program Chair

Dr. John W. McClory

Degree Information

Degree Type: Doctoral

Delivery Method: In-Residence

Degree Requirements

  • Major coursework (24 hours)
  • Mathematics (8 hours)
  • Specialty Examination
  • Dissertation research (48 hours)
  • Admission to candidacy: One year before graduation
  • In-residence study: Three successive quarters
  • Present dissertation at a public defense

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