MS and Ph.D Requirements

Graduate Program Requirements

1) Admissions

a. Students who anticipate an M.S. degree in an appropriate field by the time of enrollment are eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. program. They are typically admitted only on recommendation of a faculty member interested in serving as their Ph.D. advisor or with a fellowship providing full support.

b. Students who do not anticipate an M.S. degree in an appropriate field by the time of enrollment are only eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. program if:

i. They have an external fellowship providing strictly greater than 2 years of support including full tuition and a stipend comparable to average RA rates for NES students, or,

ii. They have a fellowship, internal or external (to include GSFAs) that requires matriculation in the Ph.D. program as a condition of the fellowship.

iii. In cases (i) and/or (ii) above, admission to the Ph.D. program remains at the discretion of the committee with authority for admitting NES students.

c. Students admitted to the M.S. degree may select the thesis (requiring an advisor at time of selection) or non-thesis (no advisor required, but one allowed) option. Research credits (thesis) or project credits (non-thesis) may not be transferrable to the other option.

d. Students in the M.S. program may apply for transfer to the Ph.D. program under the following conditions:

i. They have identified an advisor who will provide a letter to the committee with authority for admitting NES students indicating their intent to advise the student through the Ph.D. (presuming continued student achievement), and

ii. They have completed one full semester in the NES degree program, and,

iii. They supply an application, per requirements of the committee with authority for admitting NES students.

2) Funding

a. Funding from grants/contracts as an RA shall be at the sole discretion of individual faculty/PIs.

b. Funding for TA positions shall be handled by the MSE department, in consultation with the Nuclear Engineering Program Director and/or the Nuclear Engineering Program Faculty.

c. Funding from department-controlled fellowships, such as the NRC fellowships, shall be available to Ph.D. students and M.S. thesis students only.

3) M.S. Degree Program – 30 total credits. 24 credits must be regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+ in engineering, mathematics, statistics, and science. 12 credits must be regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+, with an ENU prefix.

a. Nuclear Engineering Core Requirement – the following requirements must be met through courses taken as a graduate student in NES at UF, except as noted.

i. ENU 6051 Radiation Interactions

ii. ENU 5615C Radiation Detection

iii. To aid potential transition to the Ph.D. degree, students are encouraged (though not required) to meet the Ph.D. core course requirements (below) during completion of their M.S. degree.

b. M.S. thesis option — Students may count up to 6 credits of ENU 6936 or 6971 towards the 30 credit minimum. This option requires submission of a thesis under the deadlines and other regulations of the graduate school. Students must select a committee with a chair and an additional member (or co-chair). The chair of the committee must have graduate faculty status for the NES degree; a co-chair or second member may have graduate faculty status in any appropriate field at the University of Florida.

c. M.S. non-thesis option — Students may count up to 6 credits of ENU 6936 towards the 30 credit minimum. The non-thesis option will culminate in a project (exam). For students with an appropriate advisor, this advisor alone shall determine the parameters of the project (exam). For students with no advisor, the Nuclear Engineering Program Director (or his/her designate) shall determine the parameters.

d. Transfer Credit – credits from other UF degree programs and/or other graduate schools may be transferrable. Approval of the Nuclear Engineering Program is always required; petitions must be received in the student’s first semester at UF. Additionally, approval from the graduate school may be required in some cases.

4) Ph.D. Degree Programs – 90 total credits. 30 credits must be regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+ in engineering, mathematics, statistics, and science. 15 credits must be regular lecture/lab courses, numbered 5000+, with an ENU prefix.

a. Core Courses Requirement – the following requirements must be met through courses taken as a graduate student in NES at UF, except as noted.

i. ENU 6051 Radiation Interactions

ii. ENU 5615C (or 5615 + 5615L) Radiation Detection

iii. Thermal hydraulics or thermal sciences course (3 credit minimum). Select at minimum one course from the following list:

        • ENU 6XXX Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
        • ENU 6XXX Reactor Thermal Hydraulics 2
        • ENU 6XXX Advanced Thermal Hydraulics for Nuclear Systems
        • ENU 5705 Advanced Concepts for Nuclear Energy
        • EML 6155 Convective Heat Transfer I (Spring)
        • EGM 6812 Fluid Mechanics 1 (Fall)

iv. Nuclear materials (3 credit minimum). Select at minimum one course from the following list:

        • ENU 6XXX Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Materials
        • ENU 6XXX Characterizations and Tests of Materials for Nuclear Applications
        • ENU 6XXX Nuclear Fuels

v. Reactor Physics and Radiation Transport (3 credit minimum). Select at minimum one course from the following list:

        • ENU 6106 Reactor Analysis and Computation 1
        • ENU 6107 Reactor Analysis and Computation 2
        • ENU 6052 Radiation Transport Basics and Applications
        • ENU 6XXX Monte Carlo Methods

Students with substantial graduate-level coursework in any of these areas prior to their admission to a UF-NES program (similar to an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering) may petition for this requirement to be waived. Undergraduate coursework will not be considered as grounds for a waiver. Other UF courses may be accepted by petition only.

b. Transfer Credit

i. Credits from a UF-MS-NES are applied automatically.

ii. Credits from a UF-MS in another field must be petitioned to the Nuclear Engineering Faculty.

iii. Credits from graduate work at another institution must be petitioned to the Nuclear Engineering Faculty.

iv. Coursework at another institution that corresponds directly, as determined by the NEP, to specific ENU prefix courses will be applied to the 15 credit minimum. All other coursework will apply to the 90 and 30 credit minima only, including courses termed “nuclear engineering” at another institution.

c. Written Qualifying Exam

i. The written exam will be offered early in the Fall and Spring Semesters

ii. Students may attempt the written exam at any time they are in the Ph.D. program with consent of their advisor.

iii. Students must first attempt the written qualifying exam in the semester 1 year after their admission to the Ph.D. program, e.g.,

1. Students admitted for Fall 2014 must first attempt the written exam by Fall 2015.

2. Students admitted for Spring or Summer 2015 must first attempt the written exam by Spring 2016.

iv. The exam will include eight questions across the areas covered by the NES Ph.D. degree and will have a length of four hours.

v. The exam is closed book; calculators will be provided.

vi. The 
lowest scored two problems of the eight problems will be 
omitted from the average score tally.

vii. Each problem will be scored according to a 100 percent scale.

viii. A final average on the six graded problems of 75% or higher shall be required for a Pass grade, otherwise the exam result shall be a Fail.

ix. A student shall be allowed two attempts to pass the written exam. They must be taken in consecutive semesters, except in cases petitioned to and approved by the Nuclear Engineering Faculty. Failure on the second attempt shall 
terminate the student’s enrollment.

x. Neither previous exam questions nor previous graded exams will be made available 
to students.

d. Oral Qualifying Exam (Proposal Presentation)

i. Students may attempt the oral exam (proposal presentation) in any semester after passing the written exam with consent of their advisor.

ii. The oral exam will be administered by the student’s Supervisory Committee.

iii. Students must first attempt the oral qualifying exam (proposal presentation) in the semester 2 years after their admission to the Ph.D. program, e.g.,

1. Students admitted for Fall 2014 must first attempt the oral exam by Fall 2016.

2. Students admitted for Spring or Summer 2015 must first attempt the oral exam by Spring 2017.

3. Students should note that the time limit for the oral exam is not extended if two attempts are required for the written exam.

iv. During the oral exam, the student will present the proposed dissertation research including: (1) a review of the relevant research literature, (2) progress made and future plans for completing the proposed dissertation research.

v. In conjunction with the oral exam, the student should prepare a written document serving as the dissertation research proposal and distribute to the Supervisory Committee at least two weeks prior to the oral exam. The proposal format must be approved by the student’s advisor.

vi. In conjunction with the oral exam and written document, the student must prepare a binding list of coursework for the Ph.D. degree for review and possible modification by the Supervisory Committee. Alterations to this list are only permitted at a later date by approval of the Supervisory Committee and only due to non-offering of an anticipated course or other factors out of the student’s control

vii. All Supervisory Committee members must be present during the oral exam, with substitutions allowed per university policy.

viii. The Supervisory Committee will evaluate the student’s proficiency in the proposed research area and the potential to complete the proposed research project successfully. The Committee may recommend changes to the project scope, require additional course work, or make recommendations for techniques or collaborations 
that may expedite the research effort.

ix. The Supervisory Committee will deliver a Pass or Fail evaluation at the end of the oral 
exam.

x. A student receiving a Fail evaluation shall have a second attempt in the following semester.

e. Final Exam

i. Following completion of the research, a Ph.D. candidate must prepare a dissertation, according to guidelines set forth by the Graduate School, and present the work to the Supervisory Committee. This constitutes the Final Exam

ii. The requirements for the oral presentation are set by the research advisor.

iii. It is recommended that the student submit a review-ready copy of the dissertation to the Supervisory Committee at least two weeks prior to the date of the Final Exam. The Supervisory Committee will set the formal deadline.

iv. In the event that a student does not pass the Final Exam, he/she will be allowed a second attempt, which must be taken within in the semester following the first attempt.