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Master of Science (M.S.) Program

The Master of Science track is accessible only to students enrolled in our PhD program. Applicants interested in a Master degree are encouraged to apply to the Nuclear Engineering Master of Engineering program.

Master's students must choose between two degree plan options: Plan I or Plan II.  Plan I requires at least 20 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, plus a thesis. At least 8 of these units must be in 200 series courses in the student's major subject.  Plan II requires at least 24 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, followed by a comprehensive final examination administered by the department. At least 12 units must be in graduate courses in the student's major subject. In Nuclear Engineering, the “examination” takes the form of a project and presentation

For more information, see Guidelines and Procedures for Graduate Students

 
MASTER OF SCIENCE: PLAN I

20 UNITS REQUIRED

8 Graduate course units in Nuclear Engineering (Can include two 299 units)

12 Units of Undergraduate or Graduate Units (Can include two 299 units)

Non-Course Requirement: Thesis and committee composed of three faculty.

 

MASTERS OF SCIENCE: PLAN II

24 UNITS REQUIRED

12 Graduate Course Unites in Nuclear Engineering (Can include two 299 units)

12 Units of Undergraduate or Graduate Units (Can include two 299 units)

Non-Course requirement:  Completion of a project culminated in a written report and an oral presentation before a committee of three faculty members or two faculty members and one approved non-university person.

 

Both MS Plan I and Plan II are subject to the following:

i) Units for 298 (seminar) courses are not counted towards the degree.

ii) A Study plan approved by the major field adviser is required each semester.

iii) A maximum of 4 units of coursework from approved non-academic institutions or four units from another academic institution can be used, provided course was taken while in graduate standing and meets departmental approval.

iv) Units for graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are allowed if the units were in excess of units required to satisfy the BS degree requirements.

Noncourse Requirements

Plan I: Thesis (Requires thesis committee composed of three faculty.)

Plan II: Completion of a project culminating in a written report and an oral presentation before a committee of three faculty members or two faculty members and one approved non-university person. Approval by the professor in charge of the research project and the Chair of the Graduate Advisers is required.

All students must take at least 2 letter-grade NE courses during the first year as a graduate student.