Graduate Nuclear Engineering

Graduate Nuclear Engineering

Utah's only Nuclear Engineering program


Our mission is to provide outstanding educational and research training that prepares students for rewarding careers and leadership positions in the development and application of nuclear processes, instrumentation, and nuclear systems while insuring proper safeguards essential for maximizing the societal benefits of nuclear energy and radioactive materials. Using our TRIGA Nuclear Research Reactor as a core training and educational facility, UNEP’s overarching goal is to continually make strides in the advancement of multidisciplinary nuclear-related fields such as

  • actinide synthesis,
  • electronics nesting,
  • energy,
  • medical isotope production,                           
  • nuclear forensics,
  • nuclear safeguards,
  • and radiation detection.

UNEP draws students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, and utilizes the resources and expertise of a variety of engineering and science faculty to meet the academic and research needs of Nuclear Engineering Graduate Students.

TRIGA Nuclear Reactor


Housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNEP has developed a Nuclear Engineering curriculum that fills critical educational and competency gaps for engineers and scientists involved in the nuclear power and radioactive waste industries, nuclear medicine, homeland security, radiation safety, and nuclear materials detection. UNEP has an undergraduate minor and two graduate degrees (M.S. non-thesis and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering). The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree are established to meet the expectations of nuclear industry in the state of Utah, the nation, and the world. UNEP is responsible for educating the next generation workforce in critical nuclear engineering fields and developing innovative procedures and technologies for the advancement of nuclear applications.

Professors in this area:

Degrees OfferedMastersPhD
MS Non-Thesis:

This is a coursework only based degree. Students in a MS non-thesis degree program must complete 30 hours of graduate credit coursework. In the final semester of study the student is responsible for the completion of an essay-based comprehensive exam.
Traditional PhD:

Applicants will have completed a MS prior.
Direct Admit PhD:

Applicants are highly qualified students who have completed a BS. The direct admit PhD degree emphasizes in scholarly research activities, can reduce course requirements and expedite progress towards degree completion.