Grad Students Josh Graves and Griffen Latimer


Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) offers the following graduate degrees:

Application Deadlines

New graduate students are admitted once a year, for fall term matriculation. To be considered for NSE financial support (GTA/GRA positions), your application must be complete by the priority funding deadline. Students who do not wish to seek NSE funding or are Ecampus students, must complete their application by the final deadline. 

Admissions Fall 2019




Application Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Oregon State Graduate School minimum requirements and apply through the Office of Admissions. Admission decisions are based on many factors, such as the quality of the applicant’s prior academic degree and record of accomplishment, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant’s academic work, performance in aptitude and achievement tests, relevant work experience, preparation in the proposed field of study, and the suitability of the applicant’s academic goals with the faculty’s research interests.

Particularly at the graduate level, a critical consideration in the decision is whether your academic objectives can be satisfactorily fulfilled by the graduate programs at Oregon State. Admission to OSU is competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Following approval of the School, the Office of Admissions will determine whether the general university admission requirements have been met.

The four-year undergraduate program curriculum provides an indication of the level of math and science required of our undergrads in preparation for our graduate programs. Average GRE scores and GPA for the previously admitted pool of graduate students are available and course descriptions are located in the graduate catalog.

Each applicant is judged on their entire application and a decision is made on the strength of each application in relation to the pool of applicants in any given year.  Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Documents Required

  • Statement of purpose
  • CV/résumé
  • Current GRE scores (within last 5 years)
  • Three letters of reference
    • University-level academic references are preferred
  • Official transcripts from every school attended

International Applicants

Please refer to the Oregon State Graduate School minimum requirements for international applicants. International applicants to our Ecampus health physics program be advised that you will be required to visit the Corvallis campus at least once, possibly twice (for a week-long course and for your final oral examination), prior to attaining your degree. It is your responsibility to obtain a visa to come to Corvallis during that time.

Average GPA and GRE scores for admitted applicants for Fall Term 2017.*

  • Radiation Health Physics M.S. and Ph.D. - GPA 3.3, GRE quantitative score 71%
    • Master's of Health Physics (non-thesis)  -  GPA 3.3, GRE quantitative score 55%
  • Nuclear Engineering M.S. and Ph.D - GPA  3.4, GRE quantitative score 75% 

*This data is current as of September, 2017. Admission decisions are based on consideration of the entire application and the pool changes from year to year. These numbers are representative of only a portion of the F 2017 application materials and are meant to serve as a reference to future applicants not an admissions standard.


Assistantships and Fellowships

NSE offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and  Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA). There is no separate application process. Students whose applications are complete by the priority funding deadline are automatically considered for available TA/RA positions. Please note: Ecampus students are not eligble for departmental financial support.

Graduate teaching assistants and research assistants are appointed on a term-by-term basis. They receive tuition remission, a monthly stipend starting at $1,700*, and a $430* per term lump sum for fees. 

Fellowships are also available to incoming graduate students. Stipends range from $1,160* to $2,200* per month for the nine-month academic year. There are typically four to six fellowships awarded per academic year. There is no separate application process for fellowships, qualified graduate applicants to the department are automatically considered for available fellowships.

*Award offers and amounts are subject to change at the discretion of department administrators.