Department of Engineering Physics

Department of Engineering Physics
Program Details

Nuclear Engineering
Current as of: 03/14/2018

Degree Type: MS

Welcome to the Graduate Nuclear Engineering Program. Our program is unique and focuses on the technologies associated with the effects of nuclear weapons. Areas of study include counter proliferation, nuclear forensics, neutron transport, and radiation detection. Our coursework core begins with the physics of nuclear explosions, covers prompt effects of nuclear weapons, and ends with residual effects such as fallout. Our research focuses on three primary areas: nuclear weapon effects, nuclear weapon physics, and nuclear forensics. Please review the AFIT Graduate School Catalog for curriculum details. The research can be either highly experimental, highly computational, or a combination depending on the problem and requirements of the sponsor.

Our master's degree program in Nuclear Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Earning and maintaining ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. ABET accreditation demonstrates our continuing commitment to the quality of our program--both now and in the future. Therefore, while the AFIT graduate nuclear engineering program is unique, the program maintains a level of quality consistent with the broader nuclear engineering profession.

  Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited Master Of Science In Nuclear Engineering degree program are located on AFIT'S Institutional Data Webpage .

AFIT Nuclear Engineering Student Outcomes (SO)
At graduation students will have demonstrated:
  • a high level of understanding of mathematics, science, and engineering as it applies to nuclear weapons and effects.
  • an ability to research, develop, and conduct nuclear science and engineering related research to meet a specified objective or goal.
  • their ability to measure, analyze, and report the results of nuclear and radiation processes and measurements.
  • the ability to apply their education to research, and analyze a technical problem related to the needs of the defense of the nation.
AFIT Nuclear Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Our graduates, in their first (and subsequent) assignments within the military nuclear science and engineering career field, will be called upon to perform some or all of the following tasks.
Develop Technical Skills: Apply his or her understanding of mathematics, computational modeling, science, and engineering to problems of interest to the Air Force and DoD.
Perform Analysis: Conduct measurements and experiments, and interpret results.
Communicate: Communicate technical subjects orally and in writing with peers and to  supervisors.
Apply: Apply their education to meet the defense needs of their organization and the nation.
Admission Requirements
Applicants who meet the following standard entrance criteria are considered fully qualified and can immediately enter the master's degree program. Applicants who meet these criteria have the potential to successfully complete the master's degree program in the nominal time of 18 months. The Department of Engineering Physics may grant waivers of some criteria on an individual basis. This program is open to members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, DoD civilians and qualifying DoD contractors.
Applicants must:
  1. Be U.S. citizens and possess a Secret clearance.
  2. Hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or mathematics from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country.
  3. Meet or exceed grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Meet or exceed grade point average of 3.0 in the major discipline and 3.0 in math.
  5. Submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The recommended GRE scores are at least 153 verbal (500 for GRE taken prior to 1 August 2012) and 148 quantitative (600 for GRE taken prior to 1 August 2012).

Our graduates fill critical research and management roles in the Department of Defense, Department of EnergyDepartment of Homeland Security (including headquarters), Air Force Research Laboratories, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, STRATCOM, and the National Laboratories.

Our laboratory and computational facilities are state-of-the-art and established research collaborations provide access to an electron beam, gamma irradiation cell, and a research reactor. Please review the recent theses and dissertations topics as samples of our research interests. Additionally, students often work directly with the Air Force Research Laboratory or one of the National Laboratories, conducting research at their facilities.

Welcome from  Program Chair

Our faculty  are unique and well-equipped to educate and lead research in defense-focused areas. Their real-world experience is brought into the classroom allowing our students to gain from their experiences in Department of Defense laboratories and in field operations, especially from the nuclear weapon testing era. This adds unique breadth to the program not offered elsewhere.

I invite you to browse our website for more information. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the program. Incoming students that are not DoD sponsored with a SECRET (RD) clearance must contact me directly to determine eligibility.

  James C. Petrosky, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head, Professor of Nuclear Engineering

937.255.3636 ext.4562

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