Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute

 Academic Programs:

Ph.D. IN NUCLEAR ENGINEERING (Health Physics, Medical Physics, Power)

Ph.D. programs are normally tailored to fit the needs and desires of the student and the demands of the research project the student has selected. Students should carefully follow the requirements listed in the Graduate School Catalog, particularly the residency requirements, to complete the Ph.D. program. Specific requirements include 42 credits beyond the M.S. degree--a minimum of 24 must be classroom credits with 15 at the graduate level, approved by the student’s Ph.D. committee. A collateral field is required involving at least 9 credits, 3 of which must be at the graduate level, also approved by the student’s Ph.D. committee. These 9 credits may be part of the 24 classroom credits. Advanced courses within the Nuclear Engineering curriculum (such as NE 8411, NE 8412, NE 8432, and NE 8461) are highly recommended.

Qualifying Examination - Students will be tested for their basic knowledge in general areas of nuclear science and engineering. The examination will be conducted in two days; eight hours each day. The exam areas include applied mathematics, physics and nuclear engineering. The oral exam, covering all areas of Nuclear Engineering, is also part of the qualifying examination. Students entering the program at the Ph.D. level are required to take the qualifying examination during their second semester in the program; students who have completed an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering at MU are required to take the exam in their first semester as a Ph.D. student.

Comprehensive Examination - After successful completion of the qualifying examination, a comprehensive research program examination will be administered. It will include a review of the course work, an approval of the plan of study, and a written proposal of the dissertation topic. The objective of the comprehensive examination is to test the student’s originality, independent thinking, and his/her ability to carry out a research project.

Seminar Requirement - All Ph.D. students are required to give a seminar to complete the requirement of NE 7087. This seminar is typically given before the final oral examination. Dissertation and Summary Paper - A Ph.D. dissertation is required of all students. In addition, all students are expected to submit a report to the faculty in the form of a journal paper. Students must choose a particular scientific journal that is appropriate for publishing his/her work and must follow the journal format. This paper is expected to be submitted for publication, but acceptance of the paper by the journal is not mandatory for graduation. The committee decision will be final in this matter.

Final Oral Examination - Upon completion of the above, the student must take a comprehensive oral exam administered by his/her dissertation committee and other interested faculty.

Prerequisites--The prerequisites in math and physics are the same as for the M.S. An M.S. in either engineering, physics, or chemistry is required. Students without the equivalent of an M.S. in nuclear engineering will be expected to follow the M.S. curriculum for their first year.

Table 3 gives a representative list of suggested courses for the Ph.D. This list assumes that the required courses for the M.S. degree (Table 1 above) have already been met. Additional courses are available throughout the university and are often chosen for the collateral field requirement.

Table 3. Possible Ph.D. Courses (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted)

ChE 8335 Transport Phenomena
ECE 8365 Introduction to Digital Image Processing
NE 8382 Lasers and Their Applications
NE 8402 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
NE 8405 Nuclear Reactor Laboratory II
ECE 8407 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
NE 8411 Nuclear Reactor Theory I
NE 8412 Nuclear Reactor Theory II
ChE 8420 Advanced Heat & Momentum Transfer (Advanced Transport Phenomena)
NE 8421 Advanced Radiaiton Detection Electronics
NE 8429 Radiation Dosimetry
NE 8435 Physics of Diagnostic Radiology I
NE 8439 Clinical Physics in Radiotherapy I
ECE 8450 Superconductivity and Its Applications
NE 8451 Computational Methods of Reactor Analysis
NE 8452 Ultrasound and Magneic Resonance Imaging
NE 8453 Fusion Theory
NE 8454 Clinical Physics of Nuclear Medicine
ECE 8465 Pattern Recognition
ECE 8468 Stochastic Optimal Estimation and Control
NE 8471 Radiation Protection
ECE 8471 Neural Network Based Computing Systems
ECE 8474 Artificial Intelligence
Math 84xx Complex Variables, Partial Differential Equations
Phys 84xx Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics

Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute
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University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-8201