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What will I learn?

The program is designed primarily for students seeking specialization in nuclear security science with emphasis on current or aspiring members of the nuclear security community, including those areas with an emphasis on arms control, treaty verification, non-proliferation, international nuclear security issues in both civilian and military contexts, nuclear threat detection, and principles of nuclear intelligence assessment. Additionally, this program will prepare graduate students to engage in the research and development of new tools and processes related to nuclear security science and analysis.

The 12-credit hour certificate is earned by completing four courses from the following lists, including one required course, one qualifying Nuclear Engineering elective course, and two NSSA electives.

The required course is NE 530 - Nuclear Security Science and Analysis.

Qualifying Nuclear Engineering elective courses include (please note that the 400-level courses must be taken for graduate credit to qualify for the certificate):

  • NE 404 - Nuclear Fuel Cycle,
  • NE 433 - Principles of Health Physics,
  • NE 470 - Nuclear Reactor Theory,
  • NE 542 - Management of Radioactive Materials,
  • NE 551 - Radiation Protection,
  • NE 571 - Reactor Theory and Design

NSSA electives include:

  • NE 531 - Global Nuclear Security Culture,
  • NE 532 - Detection, Localization, and Nondestructive Assay of Nuclear and Radiological Materials,
  • NE 533 - Physical Security for High-Consequence Facilities,
  • NE 534 - Physical Security Vulnerability Assessment,
  • NE 535 - Radio and Nuclear Chemistry,
  • NE 536 - Export Control and Nonproliferation,
  • NE 537 - Human Reliability in Nuclear Systems
  • NE 550 - Radiation Measurements Laboratory,
  • NE 635 - Nuclear Forensics,
  • POLS 686 - Arms Control, Deterrence and Nuclear Nonproliferation

The selection of courses, which must be approved by the department, is determined through a student advising conference that considers the student's personal interests, academic background, and work experience.

Which department am I in?

Tickle College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,798.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 January 2022


Tickle College of Engineering

124 Perkins Hall,



37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must maintain a 3.50 graduate GPA in all certificate courses in the program and complete the requirements within five years of applying for a certificate.

For international students

  • Students must have a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from a recognized university with a major in engineering, physics, chemistry, or mathematics.
  • All entering students must have, as a minimum, competency in mathematics through ordinary differential equations.
  • Students must apply through Graduate Admissions to the graduate certificate program prior to completing six credit hours toward the certificate.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Application Deadline: Spring: June 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Tennessee

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  • Tennessee’s flagship university
  • 80% of graduates in employment or further study in 6 months
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Up to USD 18,000 per year in financial aid

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