Degrees Offered

The graduate degrees offered in the University of Idaho Nuclear Engineering Program are the Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering (M.E.N.E.), Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (M.S.N.E.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).


The Master of Engineering degree is a design-oriented degree. A master's thesis is not required. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and normally takes 3 to 4 semesters to complete. 
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The Master of Science degree is a research-based degree culminating in a master's thesis. Students completing this degree would be well prepared to work in research, industry or academic settings. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, and normally takes 6 credits of thesis, and normally takes 3 to 4 semesters to complete. 
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The Doctor of Philosophy degree is an advanced research-based degree. The results of the research done are summarized in a publishable doctoral dissertation. The research completed in this degree is expected to be original and innovative, and make a unique contribution to the field. Students completing this degree are well prepared to work in a research-oriented position, such as those at national laboratories, industries, or universities. The program requires a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and normally takes 3 to 5 years to complete. 
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The University of Idaho's Nuclear Engineering Program offers a Graduate Certificate in the subject area of Nuclear Criticality Safety to students who successfully complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) of rigorous focused study. 
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For additional information, the Graduate Student Handbook is available for download, or contact Dr. Akira Tokuhiro, Director, UI Nuclear Engineering Program at 208-533-8102 or by e-mail tokuhiro@uidaho.edu.