Nuclear Engineering, MS

School of Engineering

Program Description:

Nuclear engineers are on the forefront of rapidly developing areas that include better, safer ways to power our planet. They’re working on reactor system designs, nuclear non-proliferation, radiation interaction with materials, and reducing and controlling radioactive waste.

The Nuclear Engineering curriculum at the University of New Mexico gives the student broad training in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering, followed by professional specialty course work involving radiation interaction with matter, radiation transport, radiation detection and protection, nuclear reactor theory and safety, thermal-hydraulics and nuclear systems design. Students also select technical electives that allow them to explore in-depth areas of interest in nuclear engineering.

The UNM Nuclear Engineering program is Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Admission Requirements:

  • Domestic and International applications should apply to the University online (

  • The online application process will guide you through which materials are required by the University to finalize your application.

  • The department also requires GRE General Test scores, a Letter of Intent, and three letters of recommendation.

  • The Letter of Intent should briefly describe your experience and objectives in undertaking graduate study in Nuclear Engineering and can be submitted through the online system.

  • GRE scores and TOEFL scores (for international applicants) are required and should be submitted to the University directly by ETS (Institution code = 4845; do department code is 
    needed). During the online process, please report your scores unofficially for review.

  • Recommendation letters should be submitted directly by your recommenders through the online system. Specific directions are included within the application system.


SemesterPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
FallJanuary 15July 15 (Domestic)
March 1 (International)

SpringJuly 15November 10 (Domestic)
August 1 (International)

SummerApril 29 (Domestic)
January 1 (International)
April 29 (Domestic)
January 1 (International)

Apply by the priority deadline for best consideration for reserach assistantships or other departmental financial aid.

Career Opportunities:

With a degree in Nuclear Engineering from UNM, your future is wide open. You’ll be ready to:

  • Research new energy systems
  • Control radioactive waste and industrial radiation releases
  • Use radioisotopes for the treatment and diagnosis of diseases
  • Develop long-term, reliable nuclear energy sources for space and terrestrial applications

Contact Information:

Sarah E. Dominguez: Program Advisement Coordinator
(505) 277-5606

Cassiano de Oliveira: Professor and Graduate Advisor
(505) 277-5431