Certificate in Nuclear Science & Engineering

Develop a Specialization in a Rapidly Growing Field

The field of Nuclear Science & Engineering continues to grow at a rapid pace, and with it, the demand for qualified nuclear scientists and engineers. New nuclear reactors continue to be built in various parts of the world, and many nuclear professionals are nearing retirement, making this the ideal time for highly-trained engineers, scientists, and managers with a solid background in nuclear power to enter the workforce.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Science & Engineering at WPI provides students with a diverse educational background, including training in physics and mechanical engineering. The certificate program prepares students for a wide range of careers in industry, research, health care, and academia, and it attracts students with a range of undergraduate degrees including physics, chemistry, mathematics, and chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

Courses cover such topics as nuclear power, radioactivity, chain reaction physics, nuclear reactor safety, power plant design and operation, and case studies of nuclear accidents.

All students with a BS degree in an engineering and science discipline are eligible for admission to the program.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Science & Engineering requires the successful completion of 12 graduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.0. Learn more…

Program Description

The graduate certificate in nuclear science and engineering will require the successful completion of 12 graduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.0. The courses will be selected from the list below.


All students must successfully complete 4 of the 5 courses listed below:

  • NSE510 Introduction to Nuclear Science & Engineering - 3 credits
  • NSE520 Applied Nuclear Physics - 3 credits
  • NSE530 Health Phsyics - 3 credits
  • NSE540 Nuclear Materials - 3 credits
  • NSE550 Reactor Design and Operations - 3 credits

These courses are offered on campus, and online through Corporate and Professional Education.

Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the Nuclear Science and Engineering graduate certificate program is consistent with the admissions requirements listed in this catalog for graduate certificates. Appropriate undergraduate degree majors include all engineering and science majors.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Program Review Committee:

 The Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Science and Engineering will be overseen by the program review committee. This committee will be comprised from representatives from engineering and the sciences. The committee will be comprised of three members who will serve on a rotating basis. The committee will include the Director of Materials Science & Engineering, the Head of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of Physics, (or their representatives) the position of committee chair will rotate among the members. The program review committee will review candidates for admission and approve the course electives as well as handle any extenuating circumstances or issues.

Proposed Graduate Catalog Listing:

The Nuclear Sci. & Eng. Grad. Cert. Program will be listed in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs section of the graduate catalog with the following subsections (in underlined italics).

Nuclear Science & Engineering Faculty:

The faculty hold a full-time position in a WPI academic department or are adjunct faculty approved by an academic department and NSE program review committee.