The graduate certificate is comprised of specific courses as well as new modules for existing courses pertaining to basic nuclear science, engineering principles, and applications. In addition, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and nuclear environmental protection will be addressed. The availability of employment in the region’s extensive engineering enterprises with activities related to nuclear power production, nuclear waste treatment, nuclear fuel processing, and medical isotope production, has excited students to this discipline’s growing future. The recent national attention generated by news of potential new nuclear power and fuel business activities has added to the appeal of this program.
The faculty interact closely with local nuclear industry and government agencies associated with the U.S. government’s Hanford nuclear reservation. This includes the only operating commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwestern United States (Columbia Generating Station, operated by Energy Northwest), as well as the largest nuclear waste treatment project in the nation, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There is also a nuclear fuel vendor, Areva, and related businesses nearby including DOE’s contractors. At its main campus, WSU operates the Nuclear Radiation Center, which includes one of the dwindling number of University research reactors and is home to a unique radiochemistry program.
Current students in any WSU graduate degree program are eligible to earn the certificate if they meet the prerequisites of the courses needed for the certificate.
Students not in degree programs are eligible to earn the certificate if they meet the prerequisites of the courses needed for the certificate. They will be admitted with the status of Not-Advanced-Degree-Candidate (NADC) as defined by the Graduate School.
How to Qualify for Admission
To qualify for admission as a Graduate Certificate student you must:
Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution
Meet all prerequisite course requirements or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and understanding for courses prior to enrollment
Be a part-time student
Enroll in eligible courses on a space-available basis
Be admitted, upon recommendation from the academic unit, to the Graduate School as a certificate student.
Pay existing graduate tuition and fees.
If You are Currently Enrolled
The Graduate School office uses the Application for Graduation for Graduate Certificate form to both apply to the certificate program as well as to graduate from it. Complete the form prior to enrollment in the first course, and then send it as an email attachment to our department at email@example.com. The certificate committee will review the application and, if admission is recommended, the Chair of the Certificate Committee will sign the form and forward it to the Graduate School office for you. You should pay the certificate fee of $25 at the WSU Student Accounts office. The Dean of the Graduate School grants final approval of admission to a certificate program, and that office will send you an email regarding your status.
If you Are Not Currently Enrolled
Complete the online application and indicate your interest in the certificate program. Please also send your resume and a statement of purpose to our department as an email attachment at firstname.lastname@example.org. The statement of purpose should include the reason for your interest in the certificate program. Once all the application material is received, our Certificate Committee will review the application and, if admission is recommended, we will notify the Graduate School office. The Dean of the Graduate School grants final approval of admission to a certificate program, and that office will send you an email regarding your status. If you later decide to pursue formal admission to the Graduate School to pursue an advanced degree you would follow the instructions to apply. www.gradschool.wsu.edu/FutureStudents/Admission/GradCertProgram.aspx. Note that admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.
This certificate program will benefit students who wish to pursue employment opportunities in the nuclear industry. The program provides formal academic coursework to engineers whose formal training is in a non-nuclear discipline. Studies show that only a small portion of engineers employed in the nuclear industry (approximately five percent) have a nuclear engineering degree. Thus, this approach supplies the needs and expectations of the current and future industry.
Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering students must complete a minimum of nine credits (of which six credits must be at the 500-level) from the following list of three-credit courses (to count toward certificate a grade below B- is not acceptable):
ME 461: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
ME 483: Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Nuclear Safeguards and Security
ME 565: Nuclear Reactor Engineering
ME 579-: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Nuclear Engineering
For information about the Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering at the WSU Tri-Cities campus please contact Dr. Changki Mo.
Changki Mo, Associate Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Office: West 134J
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