Nuclear Science and Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

As the world turns to alternative fuel sources, a growing demand for qualified nuclear engineers and scientists means this is a good time to advance your capabilities and become the next leader in the field. As a student in Mines’ Nuclear Science and Engineering graduate program, you will gain the necessary knowledge of the complete nuclear fuel cycle and become an expert in areas such as uranium exploration and fuel processing, design, nuclear power system production and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation, radiation detection and related policy issues. Whichever path you take, Mines will help you become a leader in your field and build a successful career.

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Engaging research
conducted in multiple
areas

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$107,600 median
salary for nuclear
engineers, BLS

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Fully equipped
radiochemistry lab
for student experiments

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Requirements and Costs

MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or related field is required
  • A personal statement letter that illustrates the candidate’s interest in nuclear engineering
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Core course prerequisites are as follows: mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations; coursework in thermodynamics and introductory nuclear engineering (or equivalent)
  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry*
  • GRE with quantitative reasoning section score of 160 or higher preferred. GRE is not required for applicants from a Mines engineering program*
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

MASTER OF ENGINEERING (Non-Thesis)

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or related field is required
  • A personal statement letter that illustrates the candidate’s interest in nuclear engineering
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Core course prerequisites are as follows: mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations; coursework in thermodynamics and introductory nuclear engineering (or equivalent)
  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry*
  • GRE with quantitative reasoning section score of 160 or higher preferred. GRE is not required for applicants from a Mines engineering program*
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or related field is required
  • A personal statement letter that illustrates the candidate’s interest in nuclear engineering
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Core course prerequisites are as follows: mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations; coursework in thermodynamics and introductory nuclear engineering (or equivalent)
  • All admitted graduate students must submit GRE scores prior to receiving an admissions decision. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry*
  • GRE with quantitative reasoning section score of 160 or higher preferred. GRE is not required for applicants from a Mines engineering program*
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

*Due to Covid-19, students applying for master’s non-thesis and certificate programs for spring 2021 and fall 2021 are not required to submit GRE scores.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

  • 13 credit hours core courses
  • 6 credit hours elective courses
  • 2 credit hours seminar
  • Minimum 12 hours graduate research
  • 3 credit hours research or elective courses
  • Complete and defend thesis

MASTER OF ENGINEERING (Non-Thesis)

  • 13 credit hours core courses
  • 12 credit hours elective courses
  • 3 credit hours additional elective course
  • 2 credit hours seminar

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • 13 credit hours core courses
  • 12 credit hours elective courses
  • 3 credit hours additional elective courses
  • 4 credit hours seminar
  • Minimum 24 hours graduate research
  • 16 hours research or elective courses
  • Pass qualifying examination
  • Complete and defend thesis

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075

*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, etc.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.

 

“The best part of my experience has been working in the lab on my research. I thoroughly enjoy setting up and running experiments and my advisor provided me with all the resources and guidance I needed to be successful.”

William Moore
PhD Candidate, Nuclear Science and Engineering

Career Outcomes

  • Nuclear engineer
  • Nuclear physicist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Nuclear design engineer
  • Nuclear pharmacist
  • Gamma astronomer
  • Duke Energy Corp.
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • NREL
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

Organizations recruiting Mines students at the 2019 Career Fair

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Degree Options

PhD

  • Nuclear Engineering

Master’s of Science

  • Nuclear Engineering

Master’s of Engineering

  • Nuclear Engineering

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