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Nuclear Science and Engineering

Nuclear Science and Engineering

 Program Description

The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at the Colorado School of Mines is interdisciplinary in nature and draws contributions from departments across the university. While delivering a traditional Nuclear Engineering course core, the School of Mines program in Nuclear Science and Engineering emphasizes the nuclear fuel life cycle. Faculty bring to the program expertise in all aspects of the nuclear fuel life cycle; fuel exploration and processing, nuclear power systems production, design and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation, radiation detection and radiation damage as well as the policy issues surrounding each of these activities. Related research is conducted through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center.

Students in all three Nuclear Engineering degrees are exposed to a broad systems overview of the complete nuclear fuel cycle as well as obtaining detailed expertise in a particular component of the cycle. Breadth is assured by requiring all students to complete a rigorous set of core courses. The core consists of a 13 credit-hour course sequence. The remainder of the course and research work is obtained from the multiple participating departments, as approved for each student by the student’s advisor and the student’s thesis committee (as appropriate).

The Master of Engineering degree is a non-thesis graduate degree intended to supplement the student’s undergraduate degree by providing the core knowledge needed to prepare the student to pursue a career in the nuclear energy field. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are thesis-based degrees that emphasize research.

In addition, students majoring in allied fields may complete a minor degree through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, consisting of 12 credit hours of coursework. The Nuclear Science and Engineering Minor programs are designed to allow students in allied fields to acquire and then indicate, in a formal way, specialization in a nuclear-related area of expertise.

Additional program information is available at the Nuclear Science and Engineering website.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Nuclear Engineering

Master of Engineering

  • Nuclear Engineering

Master of Science

  • Nuclear Engineering


  • A personal statement that illustrates the candidate’s interest in nuclear engineering.
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or related field is required. Core course prerequisites are as follows: mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations; physics coursework up to introductory nuclear physics (or equivalent); and coursework in thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow (or equivalent).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with quantitative reasoning section score of 160 or higher. GRE is not required for applicants from a Mines engineering program.
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test) is required. In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher will be accepted.


Priority: December 15, 2018

International: March 1, 2019

Domestic: July 1, 2019

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