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Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Program Coordinator


The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering requires 30 credit hours for completion. Qualified students have the option to pursue:

  • 30 credit hours of course work only


  • 24 credit hours of course work and a 6-credit-hour research thesis

For both options, the degree can be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus course work. Upon completion of course work, all students must pass a final oral examination administered by the student's supervisory committee. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are graduating.

Course Format 

All course work is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.

Classes are made up lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.

Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.


Note: Changes and additions may occur in this course list.

  • NE 620 - Prb/PRA and Fire Safety
  • NE 620 - Prb/Materials Requirements and Selection for Nuclear Engineering Apps
  • NE 620 - Prb/Effects of Irradiation on Electronic Materials and Devices
  • NE 620 - Prb/Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • NE 620 - Prb/Gen IV Reactor Design
  • NE 630 - Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NE 690 - Radiation Protection and Shielding
  • NE 737 - Intermediate Radiation Measurement Applications
  • NE 761 - Radiation Measurement Systems
  • NE 806 - Neutronics
  • ME 760 - Engineering Analysis I
  • ME 777 - Monte Carlo for Engineers
  • ME 860 - Engineering Analysis II
  • NE 799 - Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering (for Power School credit)
  • NE 899 - Thesis

View the nuclear engineering distance rotation schedule (DOC). Changes and additions may occur in the schedule. The department course catalog  and course descriptions are online.

Navy Nuclear Power School Graduates

Navy personnel who have nuclear engineering post-graduate training through the Navy's BRES and Nuclear Power School may earn credit hours toward the nuclear engineering master of science degree. This enables students to use Navy experience to gain accredited university credit.

  1. BRES graduates may transfer up to 12 hours of credit toward their K-State degree.  Transferable BRES courses are 631 Physics, 634 Reactor Dynamics, 617 Radiological Fundamentals, 604 Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow.
  2. Nuclear Power School graduates may receive up to 3 hours transfer credit. Only Power School courses with a grade of B or better will be eligible for evaluation by K-State.
  3. Navy personnel will enroll in two 3-credit-hour NE 799 Special Topics courses sometime during the course of their master's program.
  4. Nuclear Power School and BRES course materials/training will be evaluated by K-State faculty members. In rare cases, the student may be asked to pass an examination administered by K-State faculty members.
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Degree: Master of Science
College: Engineering
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $857.60

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