Master of Nuclear Engineering

The online Master of Nuclear Engineering is conveniently designed for professional engineers looking to advance their skills without disrupting their careers. The School of Nuclear Engineering educates ethical nuclear engineers to provide technical expertise to nuclear engineering communities around the world, expand the frontier of knowledge through cutting-edge and innovative research in all areas of nuclear engineering.

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Earn a Master of Nuclear Engineering Online within 30 Credit Hours at Purdue University.

Nuclear engineers work with the application of nuclear energy in various contexts, including nuclear power plants, medical diagnostics, food production, national defense, and nuclear waste disposal. Nuclear engineering is an important component of the effectiveness and safety of nuclear power systems, which generate 20% of the U.S utility-scale electricity.

The online Master of Nuclear Engineering provides professionals top ranked education to advance their skillsets. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach the on-campus students.

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Program Specifics

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Purdue’s Online Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) consists of 30 credits of coursework or opt for a six-credit project course alongside 24 credits. Take courses in issues at the forefront of the nuclear engineering field, including nuclear reactor physics, nuclear materials, nuclear fusion, thermal-hydraulics and safety, and radiation and security.

Required courses

  • NUCL50100 – Nuclear Engineering Principles
  • NUCL51000 – Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NUCL55100 – Mass, Momentum, and Energy Transfer in Energy Systems

9 additional credit hours in any of the following Nuclear Engineering Courses

  • NUCL50200 Nuclear Engineering Systems
  • NUCL57000 Fuzzy Approaches in Engineering
  • NUCL57500 – Neural Computer in Engineering
  • NUCL 59700 Big Data and Machine Learning in Engineering

12 credit hours* of any 500 and 600 level Engineering, Maths or Science Courses.

Please visit the online engineering courses page for updated course information.

*6 credit hours can be used toward a project course concerning a nuclear engineering area with a faculty advisor.

$1,139 per credit hour (In-State Residents)
$1,459 per credit hour (Out-of-State Residents)

30 total credit hours

Domestic students and permanent residents may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

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