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Nuclear Engineering, Ph.D.

Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Advance your education in nuclear energy, and help make the world a better place by harnessing the power of the atom to provide clean, low-carbon and affordable electricity.

Nuclear engineering is a highly versatile degree that gives you the opportunity to design and build things that help make the world a better place. Earning a doctoral degree can open up opportunities for high-paying, secure jobs and place you on the forefront of synthetic fuel exploration and production.

Program Highlights

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    Internationally Recognized Faculty

    Receive mentorship from a dedicated faculty that will help you pursue the job that best suits you.

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    Professional Society Engagement

    Create strong connections with leading industries across South Carolina to establish employment opportunities.

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    World-Class Laboratories

    Conduct research alongside our faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories across campus.

What You’ll Study

Some of the most popular courses in our nuclear engineering program include Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Introduction to Nuclear Materials. Obtaining a doctoral degree here will make you an asset to society as it vastly increases your stock while allowing you to fully live up to your potential.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives

    System Design

    Creating or improving complex systems to meet specific requirements

  • Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Writing code, developing software and creating applications for automation and problem-solving

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Reactor Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Fuel Rod Engineer
  • Project Manager

Workplace Settings

  • Nuclear Energy
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Education

I understood the field as more of a desire to make an impact in people's lives. Another big draw was the versatility of a nuclear engineering degree and our high-quality and professionally respected professors who invest deeply into each student.

Aaron Horwood
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Is USC Right For You?

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