Master’s DegreesWe actually have two options for master’s degree programs, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree. Both of these are academic degrees in nuclear engineering with specialization in nuclear nonproliferation. The difference between these two degrees is that the M.S. program requires completion of a master’s thesis, so M.S. students must work onsite with an adviser to complete a research project and produce a full master’s thesis. The M.E. degree does not require a thesis, so it could be possible for this degree to be completed mostly online with a couple of weeks onsite in Texas to complete the lab requirements for some of the courses. The course requirements for the M.S. and M.E. degrees are covered here .
These are regular academic degree programs, so anyone interested in these program must first apply and be accepted as a graduate student at Texas A&M University in the department of nuclear engineering. The process for applying to the university is covered here for domestic applicants and here for international applicants. The cost of these programs is the same as for any academic degree, which is covered here. If you are accepted into the department of nuclear engineering as a M.S. student, you generally will do research with a faculty member, and that research work should pay your tuition and give you a salary stipend. This will usually be determined once you arrive on campus.