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University of Utah    
  Dec 18, 2017
2017-2018 General Catalog

Nuclear Engineering, Ph.D.

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Nuclear Engineering Program

110 Central Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Minimum Credit Hours: 30 credits

Admission Requirements

Minimum Course Requirements

To be admitted to the Nuclear Engineering Program, prospective candidates must demonstrate competency at the undergraduate level in certain basic engineering and science subjects. To review a list of courses please click here.

Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted on the on-line application. Paper copies will not be accepted.

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts - a minimum of a 3.00 or higher undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) - must be taken within the last 5 years
    • MS applicants - minimum combined score of 300 on quantitative and verbal sections.
    • PhD applicants - minimum quantitative score of 155 and minimum combined score of 300 on quantitative and verbal sections.
  • International students
    • 550 TOEFL
    • 6.5 IELTS

For more instructions on the application process please click here.

Graduation Requirements

Credit Limitations. Students may count no more than 6 credit hours of undergraduate or transfer work and 9 credit hours of non-matriculated graduate work toward any graduate degree without prior approval. Candidates for graduate degrees are required to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA with no grade below C accepted toward degrees. In addition, only one course (maximum of 4 credit hours) with a grade of C+ or C may be accepted for credit towards a graduate degree. For more detailed information, see the Graduate Information  section of this catalog.


Degree Requirements. A minimum of 18 credit hours of course work, beyond that for a masters degree, that is selected by the supervisory committee, is required. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 hours of 7000-level courses. The student must also complete 14 hours of dissertation research in addition to the coursework hours.

The course of study is planned with the assistance of the student’s advisor and approved by the student’s supervisory committee. On completion of course work, a qualifying examination must be passed before admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

A final dissertation defense is also administered by the student’s supervisory committee. For general requirements, see Degree Requirements in the Graduate Study  section of this catalog.

For further information on all our degree programs and requirements, please visit our website.

Financial Assistance

Information about financial aid and scholarships is available from the Department’s website and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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