The graduate, distance education Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineering (NCSE) Certificate program will provide the graduate MSMNE student a diverse education and the practicing NCS engineer (and their employer) with components that will help train and maintain a well-qualified workforce. The UNLV NCSE Certificate will provide evidence that the graduate has the appropriate education to become a certified NCS Engineer in NRC-licensed facilities, US DOE’s national laboratories, and the Navy Reactors program. The NCSE Certificate program consists of four nuclear engineering courses (twelve credits total) that include three required courses and a related/approved elective course. In addition, many of the proposed topic areas, e.g., Introduction to Nuclear Criticality Safety, are also appropriate subjects for general nuclear engineering graduate students (i.e., not NCS engineers), while other certificate program courses, e.g., Monte Carlo Methods are appropriate for both UNLV’s NE students as well as health and medical physics students.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will be technically competent in nuclear criticality safety engineering discipline.
  • Graduates will understand regulations and standards related to nuclear criticality safety.
  • Graduates will be able to identify fuel cycle criticality issues.
  • Graduates will be able to use computational tools to model criticality systems.
  • Graduates will be able to describe the theory of the Monte Carlo Method and write their own related program or subroutine.

Career Possibilities

The Nuclear Criticality Safety Certificate program is designed to provide current engineers with the components to help train and maintain a well-qualified workforce in nuclear criticality engineering related fields.


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Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Criticality Safety


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