NSSPI supports a number of degree and certificate programs with emphasis on nuclear nonproliferation, including the M.S. degree with a specialization in nonproliferation, offered by the Texas A&M University Department of Nuclear Engineering (the degree requirements for which are listed below) and the Bush School’s Certificate in Homeland Security and Certificate in National Security Affairs.
Degree plan requirements
Master of Science* and Master of Engineering** programs in nuclear engineering with nuclear nonproliferation specialization
|Course Title||Credit Hours|
|Year 1: Fall||NUEN 604 – Radiation Interactions and Shielding||3|
|NUEN 605 – Radiation Detection and NM Measurement||3|
|NUEN 650 – Nonproliferation and Arms Control||3|
|Year 1: Spring||NUEN 601 – Nuclear Reactor Theory||3|
|NUEN 606 – Nuclear Reactor Analysis and Experimentation||4|
|NUEN 651 – Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Materials Safeguards||3|
|Year 2: Fall||NUEN 610 – Design of Nuclear Reactors (capstone)||4|
|As needed||Technical Electives and Research||7|
Students select electives from a set of relevant elective courses, some being provided by faculty in other Texas A&M departments:
- NUEN 630 – Monte Carlo Methods for Particle Transport
- NUEN 657 – Emergency Response Dose Assessment
- NUEN 451 – Nuclear Security Systems Design
- CHEM 681 – Radiochemistry & Nuclear Forensics (Chemistry Department)
- MATH 664 – Inverse Problems in Nuclear Forensics (Math Department)
- INTA 617 – Deterrence and Coercion (Bush School)
- INTA 620 – International Security (Bush School)
- INTA 652 – The Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs (Bush School)
- INTA 669 – Nuclear Terrorism Threat Assessment and Analysis (Bush School)
These electives are designed to enrich students’ educations by focusing their attention on issues that are key to the field; these electives also bring some diversity to the students’ degree program.
* The M.S. degree requires completion of a master’s thesis in addition to the coursework described here.
** The M.E. degree does not require the completion of a master’s thesis and could potentially be completed online with some lab requirements done onsite over a short period.