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Master of Science

The School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering with either a thesis or non-thesis option. The program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Research thrusts in the department include but are not limited to smart materials, micro/nanotechnology, energy conversion systems, sensors, aerosol science, nuclear engineering, fluid mechanics, medical devices, robotics and biomechanics. The M.S. degree program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Eighteen to 24 months of study usually are necessary to complete the requirements for the thesis-option M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. The non-thesis option generally requires 12 months of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study. A time limit of five calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the master’s degree. Generally, a maximum of six credits of approved graduate course work required for a master’s degree may be transferred from another program at VCU or outside institution and applied toward the degree. Curriculum The mechanical and nuclear engineering M.S. degree program contains three curricular components: Core component. This component consists of three required core courses that provide the foundation of the M.S. curriculum. See below for specific course requirements. Technical elective component. This component allows the student to take courses in either engineering, science or other areas with approval of the student’s adviser and graduate program director. Directed research component. This component emphasizes research directed toward completion of M.S. degree requirements under the direction of an adviser and thesis committee.   Typical program of study – thesis option

Credits

Core component

9

Technical electives – engineering, science or related course work

15

Directed research

6

Total (minimum)

30

Typical program of study – non-thesis option

Credits

Core component

9

Technical electives – engineering, science or related course work

21

Total (minimum)

30

Core requirements

Core Areas Courses (3 credits each)
Continuum Mechanics1 EGMN 503 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
Mathematical Analysis1 EGMN 504 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
Topics in Nuclear2
EGRN 610 – Topics in Nuclear Engineering
1 Students entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from
   VCU who have taken EGMN 503 or EGMN 504 as undergraduate technical electives 
 must take replacement courses approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director.
2 Not required for students entering with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.  
 A replacement course approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director must 
 be taken and will count toward the required 9 credits of core courses.

All full-time thesis master’s students must register for and attend EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar each semester. Part-time and non-thesis students are not required to register for the seminar, but they are encouraged to attend. All thesis students are required to give a research presentation as part of the seminar series at least once prior to graduation; non-thesis students must give a project presentation prior to graduation, based on an extension of work completed in a project-based course (see degree requirements below), as part of the seminar series.  Note that EGMN 690 cannot be used to replace courses or research hours.

e-Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The School of Engineering offers an e-Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. This program is new to our department and is specifically designed for working professionals. The e-MS is unique in the fact that it allows the students to access the classroom from their home or office. Nuclear Engineering, Thermal Fluid Sciences, Dynamic Systems and Controls are some of the courses that are offered with this program. There are only ten courses that need to be completed in order to successfully complete this Master’s program.

Program Highlights

Our Hybrid degree program combines two complimentary engineering disciplines, in both mechanical and nuclear engineering. Graduates of the program will be qualified to solve broad technical challenges in mechanical and nuclear engineering. The program consists of 10 courses that will take an average of 3.5 years to complete.  All courses are available synchronously on-line in the late afternoon or early evening. The program accepts students from one of the following backgrounds: mechanical, nuclear, physics and related science engineering disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to be a student in e-M.S. have to have graduated from an accredited college or university or its equivalent in an Engineering or Science related field and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution. A TOEFL with a minimum 100 on IBT score.  Three letters of recommendation are required from instructors or professional references in the applicant’s intended field of study. Letters should address the applicant’s academic and professional abilities and preparation for graduate study. A statement of the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate education in the planned course of study at VCU and a CV or resume.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students must have graduated or be in final term expecting to graduate from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent. Information and forms certifying eligibility (available at VCU Records and Registration service centers). A non-degree seeking student who is later admitted as a degree-seeking student will not be allowed to apply more than six credits earned as a non-degree seeking student toward a degree.

Required Core Courses

  • EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering
  • EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
  •  EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
  • EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
  • EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials

Sample Elective Courses

  • EGRN 510 Probabilistic Risk Assessment
  • EGRM 545 Energy Conversion Methods
  • EGRM 561 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • EGRM 515 Vibrations
  • EGRM 568 Robot Manipulators
  • EGRM 661 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • EGRN 630 Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • EGRN 640 Nuclear Safety
  • EGRN 650 Nuclear Radiation and Shielding

Cost

  • Application Fee: $50 (AMEX can be used)
  • Tuition for one course with three credits online: $2584.59 for VA residents for the year 2014-2015 (Check or Debit only – credit card with a 4.25% fee)
  • Books: varies per class ~$150

 

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Doctor of Philosophy

The School of Engineering offers a Hybrid Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a concentration in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Research thrusts include computer science, life sciences, micro/nanotechnology, and manufacturing and design. Engineering Ph.D. degrees are interdisciplinary and provide a wide array of specialization areas. Learn more on the Research page of this website.

Curriculum

The Ph.D. curriculum will provide graduate-level training in both mechanical and nuclear engineering.  Graduates of the program will be prepared for research and teaching careers in areas such as energy production, nuclear waste transport, storage and disposal and the development of new mechanical devices for use in nuclear medicine. A set of required new interdisciplinary core courses will train students on the interaction of radiation with engineering materials, radiation in heat and mass transfer as well as the mathematical modeling and control of mechanical systems incorporating radioactive elements.  Technical electives in both mechanical and nuclear engineering will allow students to pursue in-depth study relevant to their selected research topic. Dissertation topics pursued, as directed research credits will be devoted to open-ended research projects at the intersection of mechanical and nuclear engineering. The Ph.D. degree will require a minimum of 68 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree, or a minimum of 36 credits beyond the M.S. degree. Students can enter the Ph.D. program with either a B.S. or M.S. degree (Sample curricula for both the B.S. to Ph.D. and the M.S. to Ph.D. are included at the end of this document) with the following minimum credit requirements:

Requirements for students entering with a B.S. degree (68 credits minimum)

Core Component. (15 credit hours) This component (shown in Table 1) consists of five required graduate courses that provide the foundation of the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Table 1. Core Courses for B.S. to Ph.D.

Core Areas Courses (3 credits each)
Continuum Mechanics1 EGMN 503 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
Mathematical Analysis1 EGMN 504 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
Dynamic Systems and Controls EGMN 603– Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in Nuclear2
EGRN 610 – Topics in Nuclear Engineering
1 Students entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 
 from VCU who have taken EGMN 503 or EGMN 504 as undergraduate technical electives 
 must take replacement courses approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director.
2 Not required for students entering with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.  
 A replacement course approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director 
 must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Technical Elective Component. (18 credit hours minimum) Mechanical and nuclear engineering students, with the aid of their dissertation advisor and dissertation committee, will select technical elective courses with the following requirements: At least 6 credits from courses under the mechanical engineering list At least 3 credits from courses under the nuclear engineering list The remaining 9 credits can be selected from either list or other appropriate graduate-level courses approved by the dissertation advisor Directed Research Component. (27 credit hours minimum) This component consists of dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee. Students can register for between 1 to 15 credits of directed research in mechanical and nuclear engineering. EGMN 697– Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar Component. (8 credit hours minimum) Students must complete a total of 8 credits of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar. EGMN 690 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar Notes: (a) A total of 21 credit hours from the core courses, or technical electives or seminar but not including directed research credits must be at the 600 level or higher. (b) In certain cases, independent study courses (ENGR 691) are offered by individual faculty members. Up to 3 credits of ENGR 691 may be taken as a technical elective course. (c) Students currently enrolled in the Engineering Ph.D. mechanical track, who wish to switch to the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, must submit a request in writing to the Graduate Program Director.  Requests will be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Committee and will depend on the student’s ability to satisfy the new Ph.D. degree requirements. 

Requirements for students entering with a M.S. degree in engineering (45 credits minimum)

Core Component. (9 credit hours) This component consists of three required graduate courses (shown in table 2) that provide the foundation of the hybrid Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Table 2. Core Courses for M.S. to Ph.D.

Core Areas Courses (3 credits each)
Dynamic Systems and Controls EGMN 603– Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in Nuclear1 EGRN 610 – Topics in Nuclear Engineering
1 Not required for students entering with a B.S. or M.S. in Nuclear Engineering or Mechanical
  and Nuclear Engineering.  A replacement course approved by the MNE Graduate Program 
 Director must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Directed Research Component. (30 credit hours)

  • This component consists or dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee.

Seminar Component. (6 credit hours)

  • Students must complete a total of 6 credits of     Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar.

Notes: (a) A total of 9 credit hours of core courses and seminar but not including directed research credits must be at the 600 level or higher. (b) Students entering with an M.S. will follow the same curriculum as the students entering with a B.S. with the above noted reduction in required credit hours.

 

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission requirements summary

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:Ph.D. Semester(s)
of entry:
FallSpring
Deadline
dates:
Jun 1
(Feb 1 for
financial
assistance)
Nov 15
Test
requirements:
GRE

Curriculum

The Ph.D. curriculum will provide graduate-level training in both mechanical and nuclear engineering.  Graduates of the program will be prepared for research and teaching careers in areas such as energy production, nuclear waste transport, storage and disposal and the development of new mechanical devices for use in nuclear medicine. A set of required new interdisciplinary core courses will train students on the interaction of radiation with engineering materials, radiation in heat and mass transfer as well as the mathematical modeling and control of mechanical systems incorporating radioactive elements.  Technical electives in both mechanical and nuclear engineering will allow students to pursue in-depth study relevant to their selected research topic. Dissertation topics pursued, as directed research credits will be devoted to open-ended research projects at the intersection of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

The Ph.D. degree will require a minimum of 68 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree, or a minimum of 36 credits beyond the M.S. degree. Students can enter the Ph.D. program with either a B.S. or M.S. degree (Sample curricula for both the B.S. to Ph.D. and the M.S. to Ph.D. are included at the end of this document) with the following minimum credit requirements:

Requirements for students entering with a B.S. degree (68 credits minimum)

Core Component. (15 credit hours) This component (shown in Table 1) consists of five required graduate courses that provide the foundation of the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Table 1. Core Courses for B.S. to Ph.D.

(All these four core courses are on the process of being created but the program has already been approved by SCHEV)

Core Areas Courses (3 credits each)
Continuum Mechanics1 EGMN 503 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
Mathematical Analysis1 EGMN 504 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
Dynamic Systems and Controls EGMN 603– Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in Nuclear2 EGRN 610 – Topics in Nuclear Engineering

1 Students entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from VCU who have taken EGMN 503 or EGMN 504 as undergraduate technical electives must take replacement courses approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director.

2 Not required for students entering with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.  A replacement course approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Technical Elective Component. (18 credit hours minimum) Mechanical and nuclear engineering students, with the aid of their dissertation advisor and dissertation committee, will select technical elective courses with the following requirements:

  • At least 6 credits from courses under the mechanical engineering list
  •  At least 3 credits from courses under the nuclear engineering list

The remaining 9 credits can be selected from either list or other appropriate graduate-level courses approved by the dissertation advisor

 Directed Research Component. (27 credit hours minimum) This component consists of dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee. Students can register for between 1 to 15 credits of directed research in mechanical and nuclear engineering.

  •                  EGMN 697– Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

 Seminar Component. (8 credit hours minimum) Students must complete a total of 8 credits of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar.

  •                  EGMN 690 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar

 

Notes:

(a) A total of 21 credit hours from the core courses, or technical electives or seminar    but not including directed research credits must be at the 600 level or higher.

(b) In certain cases, independent study courses (ENGR 691) are offered by individual faculty members. Up to 3 credits of ENGR 691 may be taken as a technical elective course.

(c) Students currently enrolled in the Engineering Ph.D. mechanical track, who wish to switch to the Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, must submit a request in writing to the Graduate Program Director.  Requests will be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Committee and will depend on the student’s ability to satisfy the new Ph.D. degree requirements. 

Requirements for students entering with a M.S. degree in engineering (45 credits minimum)

Core Component. (9 credit hours) This component consists of three required graduate courses (shown in table 2) that provide the foundation of the hybrid Ph.D. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Table 2. Core Courses for M.S. to Ph.D.

 

Core Areas Courses (3 credits each)
Dynamic Systems and Controls EGMN 603– Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
Materials EGMN 604 – Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
Topics in Nuclear1 EGRN 610 – Topics in Nuclear Engineering

1 Not required for students entering with a B.S. or M.S. in Nuclear Engineering or Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.  A replacement course approved by the MNE Graduate Program Director must be taken and will count toward the required 15 credits of core courses.

Directed Research Component. (30 credit hours) This component consists or dissertation research directed toward completion of Ph.D. degree requirements under the direction of a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee.

Seminar Component. (6 credit hours) Students must complete a total of 6 credits of  Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar.

Notes:

(a) A total of 9 credit hours of core courses and seminar but not including directed research credits must be at the 600 level or higher.

(b) Students entering with an M.S. will follow the same curriculum as the students entering with a B.S. with the above noted reduction in required credit hours.

 

Transfer Policy

Transfer courses must be approved by the MNE Graduate Committee and must fulfill all requirements of the Graduate School as described in the Graduate Handbook. For students entering with a B.S. degree, a maximum of 9 credit hours of technical electives may be transferred from another VCU program or outside institution and, if not applied previously toward another degree, may be applied toward the Ph.D.

Qualifying Examination

 Graduate students must pass a written Qualifying Exam (QE) consisting of five sections. Each section will consist of questions taken from the subject matter covered in one of the five core courses. The QE is to be taken after the completion of the 15 credit hours of required core courses and preferably within 18 months of enrollment. To be eligible to take the QE exam, students must be accepted into the Ph.D. program and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and the GPA for courses within the MNE program must be at least 3.0. The QE is held during the Spring semester of each academic year, normally during the 2nd week of May. In order to apply to take the QE, the student must complete Form MNE 104 by the first day of classes in the Spring semester and submit the signed copies to the Advisor and Graduate Program Director, who will make the decision to allow the student to take the QE.

A student must pass all five sections of the QE.  A course grade of “A” in one (and only one) of the core courses may be used to pass the corresponding section of the QE exam.  Within (2) two weeks of administration, the student will be notified of their results.

In the event that a student fails any section of the QE, they may retake the failed section(s) one time only. Failure to pass any section of the QE for the second time will result in termination from the Ph.D. program.

Research Advisor and Graduate Dissertation Committee

Students will be expected to select a Research Advisor and Dissertation Committee within 12 months of enrollment. The dissertation committee will consist of 5 faculty members, including the primary research advisor, and at least two other faculty members from Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. This committee reviews and votes to approve or disapprove the student’s Dissertation Research Proposal, Oral Candidacy Exam and the final Ph.D. dissertation and oral defense. This committee also makes the final recommendation to award the Ph.D. degree.  All voting members of the committee must be members of the graduate faculty.   Additional, non-voting members may serve on the committee with the approval of the MNE Graduate Program Director.

Oral Candidacy Examination

Within 9 months after passing the Qualifying Examination the student will submit one copy of an original Dissertation Research Proposal based upon their proposed research project to each member of his or her Dissertation Committee. The proposal consists of the research topic and proposed research plan.  The proposal should include a through literature review of the topic and contain information sufficient to judge the feasibility, scope and potential impact of the research.  The Dissertation Committee will then administer an Oral Candidacy Exam (OCE) based on the material submitted in the Dissertation Research Proposal.  The format of the OCE is an oral presentation by the candidate with questions by the Dissertation Committee members.  A favorable decision by the Dissertation Committee with no more than one negative vote (all members are required to vote) shall be required to pass the OCE.  If a student fails the OCE, one reexamination may be given with the consent of the Dissertation Committee. Failure to pass the second OCE will result in termination from the program.

Dissertation Defense

No earlier than 6 months after passing the oral candidacy examination, the student will defend the dissertation in an open forum administered by the Dissertation Committee.  At least two weeks prior to the Defense, the candidate will submit a written copy of the dissertation to each committee member and schedule a date for the defense.  The defense will be advertised and faculty and student colleagues will be invited to attend.  During the defense, the student will present a detailed summary of their research project, which should be the original problem presented and approved during the Oral Candidacy Examination. If a solution of the original problem proves elusive for reasons beyond the student’s control, the student may be allowed to redirect her/his research with permission from the Dissertation Committee and find an alternate pathway to the solution of a redefined problem. The format of the Dissertation Defense will be a presentation by the student followed by questions from the Dissertation Committee and other attendees.  After the first round of questions are completed, the non-committee members in attendance will be asked to leave and the Dissertation Committee members will hold a second round of questions in closed session.  After the second round of questions is completed the student will be asked to leave and the committee members will deliberate privately.  The problem presented and solved must be of sufficient importance and interest to warrant publication in a peer reviewed journal in the student’s area of specialization. A favorable decision by the dissertation committee with no more than one negative vote (all members are required to vote) shall be required to pass the dissertation defense.  If a student fails the dissertation defense, one reexamination may be given.  Failure to pass the second dissertation defense will result in termination from the program.

Students entering with a B.S. degree that are terminated from the Ph.D. program because of a failure to pass the QE, Oral candidacy Exam of Dissertation Defense (but not for other reasons such as academic dishonesty) will have the option to continue towards a M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Time Limit

It is anticipated that students entering with a B.S. will complete the program in four years from the time the student passes the qualifying examination.  Students must be continuously enrolled in the program (minimum of 1 credit per semester). All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within six years of passing the qualifying examination.

It is anticipated that students entering with a M.S. degree will complete the program in three years from the time the student passes the qualifying examination. Students must be continuously enrolled in the program (minimum of 1 credit per semester). All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed within five years of passing the qualifying examination.

Students (entering with either a B.S. or M.S.) can request a one-year extension of the maximum time for extenuating circumstances such as a medical situation.  The Graduate Program Committee will review and approve or deny all such requests.  The maximum time cannot be extended longer than one year.  Students who do not satisfy the degree requirements within the maximum time will be terminated from the program.

Because of the maximum time limits imposed on students in the proposed Ph.D. program, the program does not accept part time students.

Preparing Future Faculty Program

Students enrolled in the program will have the option and are strongly encouraged to participate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFFP).  The VCU Graduate School in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Excellence, a university center, provides graduate students with ongoing opportunities for academic and professional development. The PFFP Program at VCU offers a series of short courses and professional development opportunities for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in higher education. The series is modeled on the national Preparing Future Faculty Program created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. PFF courses introduce graduate students to the roles and responsibilities of higher education; address teaching, learning and technology issues in the college classroom; and incorporate material on the academic job search and continued professional development. For those students who complete all course requirements, the capstone course is an internship/externship experience during which the student is mentored by a senior faculty member. The program offers access to resources and activities in the Center for Teaching Excellence and service-learning experiences through the Division of Community Engagement while providing networking opportunities with students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines, as well as discipline-specific areas of study. Since most courses are one or two credits, students are able to add them easily into their academic program schedules.

 

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The following are the admissions requirements for the MNE Ph.D. program:

  • Proof of graduation from an accredited college or university with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or a related discipline and with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Demonstration of proficiency in spoken and written English. For international students, satisfactory scores on the TOEFL exam are necessary. The University minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based). The following qualifiers must be submitted to meet the English-Language requisite: 100 iBT (graduate) or 6.5 IELTS academic band score.
  • Submission of results of the Graduate Record Examination (minimum score for admission to be established annually by the MNE Graduate Committee).
  • GRE quantitative score of 153 or higher
  • Submission of at least three letters of recommendation from former instructors or other individuals qualified to evaluate the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate study in mechanical and nuclear engineering.
  • Submission of a written statement of purpose that clearly demonstrates commitment to a career in mechanical and nuclear engineering.

The MNE Graduate Committee may admit students unconditionally or provisionally. Provisional admission may be granted when deficiencies are identified; these deficiencies should be remedied by the time specified by the admissions committee. At the end of the provisional period, the student’s progress is evaluated. Failure to meet the goals set forth by the MNE Graduate Committee at the time of admission results in a show-cause notice. A response to this notice that is deemed unsatisfactory results in a recommendation for termination. The student has the right to appeal the recommendation for termination following procedures set forth by the School of Engineering and the VCU Graduate Dean’s Office. Remedial courses, or those designed to remove deficiencies, will not be accepted for credit toward the fulfillment of the course requirements for the Ph.D. degree.

Sample Curricula

B.S. to Ph.D.

 
Course Prefix Name No. of Credits
First Year
Semester: Fall
EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis

3

EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics

3

EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering

3

Sub – Total

9

Semester: Spring
EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems

3

EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials

3

EGMN 697 Directed Research

2

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

Total credits 1st year

18

Second Year
Semester: Fall
EGXX 5xx Technical Elective

3

EGXX 6xx Technical Elective

3

EGMN 697 Directed Research

2

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

Semester: Spring
EGXX 6xx Technical Elective

3

EGXX 6xx Technical Elective

3

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

EGMN 697 Directed Research

2

Sub – Total

9

Total credits 2nd year

18

Third Year
Semester: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research

5

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

EGXX 6xx Technical Elective

3

Sub – Total

9

Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research

5

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

EGXX 6xx Technical Elective

3

Sub – Total

9

Total credits 3rd year

18

 Fourth Year
Semester: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research

8

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

 Course  Prefix

 

Name

EGMN 697 Directed Research

8

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

Total credits 4th year

18

Five Year
Semester: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research

8

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research

8

EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar

1

Sub – Total

9

Total credits 5th year

18

Total Core Credits

15

Total Elective Credits (including seminar)

27

Total Directed Research Hours

48

Total number of credits

90

 

 

 

 

 

M.S. to Ph.D.

 

Course Prefix Name No. of Credits
First Year
Semester: Fall
EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering 3
EGMN 604 Mechnical and Nuclear Engineering Materials 3
EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems 3
Sub-Total 9
Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-Total 9
Total Credits 1st year 18
Second Year
Semster: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Total Credits 2nd year 18
Third Year
Semester: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Total Credits 3rd year 18
Fourth Year
Semster: Fall
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Semester: Spring
EGMN 697 Directed Research 8
EGMN 690 Mechnical Engineering Seminar 1
Sub-total 9
Total Credits 4th year 18
Total Core Credits 9
Total Elective Credits (incliding seminars) 7
Total Directed Research Hours 56
Total Number of credits 72

Courses

Core Courses

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics – EGMN 503

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis- EGMN 504

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems – EGMN 603

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials – EGMN 604

Topics in Nuclear EngineeringEGRN  610

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar – EGMN 690

Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering – EGMN 697

 

Mechanical Engineering Courses:

Design Optimization—ENGR 565

Technology, Security and Preparedness—ENGR 630

Solid Mechanics and Materials Behavior—EGRM 510

Vibrations—EGRM 515

Feedback Control—EGRM 525

Energy Conversion Systems—EGMN 5452

Experimental Methods for Engineers—EGRM 551

Smart Materials—EGRM 555

Advanced Fluid Mechanics—EGRM 561

Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics—EGRM 570

Flow Control—EGRM 580

Robot Manipulators—EGRM 568

Special Topics in Engineering—ENGR 591

Advanced Characterization of Materials—EGRM 609

Advanced Biofluid Mechanics—EGRM 630

Computational Fluid Dynamics—EGRM 661

Advanced Turbomachinery Systems—EGRM 662

 

Nuclear Engineering Courses

Convective and Radiation Heat Transfer—EGMN 602

Probabilistic Risk Assessment – EGRN 510

System Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle—EGRN 530

Reactor Theory –EGRN620

Nuclear Power Plants – EGRN630

Nuclear Safety– EGRN640

Nuclear Radiation and ShieldingEGRN650

 

If you have any questions about any of the Graduate programs or forms, please contact the department using the following email: MNEGrad@vcu.edu