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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nuclear Engineering Certificate

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Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Overview

A key need in the nuclear technology marketplace is for engineers from diverse disciplines who possess knowledge of nuclear phenomenology and technology. The University of Pittsburgh meets these marketplace needs by preparing engineers through the graduate certificate in nuclear engineering.


The objective of the nuclear engineering certificate is to provide the advanced competencies needed by science and engineering graduates to contribute quickly and effectively to nuclear science and technology in the United States and abroad.

This program provides coursework for graduate level nuclear engineering education with a focus on nuclear operations and safety. The certificate may be combined with graduate courses in any one of the seven MS degree programs (Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Industrial, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering) or taken as a post-baccalaureate certificate. The focus on nuclear operations and safety not only fulfills a recognized educational need, but also takes advantage of unique industrial resources in the Pittsburgh area which greatly facilitate student learning.

Since all nuclear courses are cross-listed as Mechanical Engineering Courses, they count both toward a Nuclear Certificate and toward an MS or PhD degree.


All students must successfully complete five of the nuclear courses listed below in order to earn the graduate certificate.  Nuclear Certificates are conferred only on those students who have completed all course requirements with at least a 3.00 GPA.


If you have questions about the curriculum, please contact either the Director or Associate Director of Nuclear Engineering.  Currently these posts are occupied by Dr. Heng Ban ( and Dr. Tom Congedo (, respectively.

If you have questions about registration, please contact the Graduate Administrator, Ms. Carolyn Chuha ( or (412) 624-9722)



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