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ME / MEng Nuclear Engineer

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

24070 USD
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Nuclear science and engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)329
GMAT (avg)710

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About this course

The object of the Nuclear Engineer's degree program is to provide a broader knowledge of nuclear engineering than required for the Master's degree and to develop competence in engineering application or design but with less emphasis on research than that characterizing a doctoral program. The program includes completion of both an extensive and individually arranged academic course program and a special project of significant engineering value.

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Eligibility Criteria

Diagnostic Tests in Physics and Math
All incoming students in the graduate programs of NSE (doctoral, masters, engineering, and the five-year) are required to take diagnostic exams in both math and physics. The latest approach to conducting these exams was reformulated and adopted by the NSE graduate committee as of fall 2010. The new procedure places more emphasis in the diagnostics on areas needed for NSE graduate study, and more of the responsibility to identify the need for remedial actions on the students.

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Course Modules

Each Nuclear Engineer's degree program is individually arranged. The principal fields of study are fission nuclear technology, applied plasma physics, or nuclear science and technology. Suitable thesis topics may be either analytical or experimental but should be "application oriented" with respect to the particular area in which the research is conducted.Once initiated, an Engineer's thesis-related project must be completed before a student will be allowed to start doctoral research. A student admitted for the Engineer's degree must apply to the NSE Department Admission Committee for admission to the doctoral degree program. Note that all pre-qualifying exam requirements for the doctoral degree program must be met before taking the qualifying exam, and the student must have a minimum 4.0 GPA (based on the 5.0 scale).

Thesis and Special Problem Research
A thesis involving creative work in some applications of engineering must be presented in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Nuclear Engineer. The thesis required for the Engineer's degree represents a more extensive project than the normal Master's thesis. A substantial Master's thesis may be accepted partly or wholly in place of the Engineer's thesis. If the student's SM thesis is judged too limited to satisfy the departmental requirements for the Engineer's degree, the student may extend its scope by registering for a special problem, units of which simultaneously apply to the 162 hour total and thesis credit. The written special problem report in this case would serve as the Engineer's written thesis and therefore should be a comprehensive report of the subject investigation. It should summarize the previous work on the topic presented in the Master's thesis and conform in all editorial and administrative respects to the requirements for the SM thesis.

Thesis Examination for the Engineer's Degree
The candidate will be examined on the content of the thesis and on topics immediately related to it. This oral examination may be scheduled at any time after seven days have elapsed following completion of Institute and Department requirements for thesis presentation, but before the date grades are due for that term. Each candidate is expected to arrange a time for the examination to meet the convenience of the supervisor, reader, and at least one other member of the faculty of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department. A notice of thesis examination time and place should be sent via e-mail to NSE faculty, staff, and students eight days prior to the oral examination. Oral thesis examinations are open to the public.

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How to Apply

At MIT, a regular graduate student is one who is registered for a program of advanced study and research leading to a post-baccalaureate degree. A regular graduate student may concurrently hold an appointment as a research assistant, teaching assistant, or instructor.

To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. (Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they enroll at MIT.) Applicants are evaluated by the individual departments in which they intend to register on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of evaluation from individuals familiar with their capabilities, and any other pertinent data they submit. While high academic achievement does not guarantee admission, MIT expects such achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional promise.

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