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Degrees Offered

What is Nuclear Engineering?

Nuclear engineering applies nuclear processes, such as splitting the atom's nucleus (called fission), and nuclear radiation, such as alpha, beta, gamma, neutrons and positrons. These applications range from nuclear power, which provides 20 percent of the country's electricity, to nuclear reactors for process heat and other applications including space power and propulsion, to radiation detection and sensors to nuclear medicine, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to one out of every three hospital patients. Overall, nuclear engineering and radiological health engineering activities contribute more than $400 billion to the U.S. economy each year.

What do Nuclear Engineers do?

  •  Conduct the state-of-the art cutting edge research in one of the departmental five research directions
    • Computational methods and applications
    • Nuclear power
    • Nuclear security and nonproliferation
    • Material science and engineering
    • Health physics
  • Take graduate-level courses on a variety of nuclear engineering topics expanding their expertise with the state-of-the art nuclear engineering knowledge
  • Begin their professional careers while still working on their MS these and PhD dissertations through research-driven networking with experts in the field.

What Graduate Students do after graduating with M.E., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Nuclear Engineering?

  • Do research developing new solutions taking advantage of nuclear engineering technologies
  • Develop, design and deploy new technologies and processes ranging from novel detectors to nuclear reactors to medical treatments.
  • Develop new computational methods and tools
  • Analyze and optimize nuclear technologies such as nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, and many other
  • Develop nuclear science and engineering technologies brining fusion systems closer to their commercial deployment
  • Provide leadership assuring long-term energy independence and nuclear security for the U.S. and the world
  • Develop, design, and deploy advanced nuclear systems for a broad range of applications including naval systems and space power and propulsion technologies

Where do Nuclear Engineers work?

  • Electrical power companies
  • Reactor manufacturers
  • Architect-engineering firms
  • Consulting firms
  • National laboratories
  • Federal government
  • Hospital and medical research centers
  • Space Industry
  • Government agencies
  • International organizations

Why join the Graduate School in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M?

Texas A&M University's graduate program in nuclear engineering enjoys a solid reputation as one of the oldest, largest, and best equipped in the United States. In the Department of Nuclear Engineering, graduate students have access and use the state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities while working with internationally and nationally recognized faculty members in their research groups in partnerships with national laboratories, industry and federal agencies.

Our graduate curriculum provides a large variety of graduate-level courses covering the full spectrum of nuclear engineering topics in support of departmental five research areas:

  • Computational methods and applications
  • Nuclear power
  • Nuclear security and nonproliferation
  • Material science and engineering
  • Health physics

Graduate Program Staff

Pavel V. Tsvetkov

  • Professor, Nuclear Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Program, Nuclear Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Multidisciplinary Engineering
Pavel V. Tsvetkov

Heather Haliburton Janke

  • Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Office: AI Engineering Building (AIEN) M202B
  • Phone: 979-458-2072
  • Email:
Heather Haliburton Janke