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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology to Master of Business Administration (dual degree track)

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Earn a BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology and an MBA and Advance Your Career

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology to Master of Business Administration dual degree program prepares students with technology, managerial, and leadership skills for advanced positions in the nuclear engineering field. The program maps easily to U.S. Navy experience and the experiences of those already working in the nuclear industry. To help shorten completion time, 6 graduate credits in the bridge component of this program also count toward some of the undergraduate requirements.

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology program offers 100% online courses with instructional faculty who have years of experience. The program provides knowledge in areas such as reactor operations, health physics, quality assurance, chemistry, and instrumentation and control related to nuclear engineering technology field. Students choose between two technical concentrations that prepare them for positions in high-demand job areas or pursue the general option that gives them the opportunity to design a study plan that aligns with their career goals.

The 100% online MBA program, accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), prepares students with the leadership and management skills they need to advance in their careers. Choose from concentrations in accounting, health care, human resources, and leadership—or create a personalized course of study—to tailor the educational experience to specific career goals.

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Undergraduate Concentrations

General Concentration, Nuclear Cybersecurity, and Nuclear Leadership

Graduate Concentrations

General Business, Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

Nuclear worker salaries are 36 percent higher than the average local salary (Source: Nuclear Energy Institute)

The average median salary for a nuclear engineer is $105,810 (Source: BLS)

Nearly 40 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have an MBA on their resume (Source: Fortune)


credit hours

Online BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology to MBA Program Details

154 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology to Master of Business Administration. The graduate phase requires 36 graduate credits, including the bridge component and the graduate course component.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Humanities
    • Ethics
    • Communications
      • Written English Requirement
      • Additional credits to complete this requirement
    • Humanities Electives
  • Social Sciences/History
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Natural science
      • Chemistry (with lab)
      • Physics I and II (with at least one lab)
      • Atomic Physics
      • Nuclear Physics
      • Thermodynamics
      • Additional labs in the Physical Sciences or Nuclear Engineering Technology
    • Math
      • Calculus I
      • Calculus II
      • Additional credits to complete this requirement
  • Arts and Sciences Electives

Core Nuclear Engineering Technology Courses

Electrical Theory

Introduction to the fundamentals of charge, AC and DC current, voltage, capacitance, inductance, energy, power, Kirchoff s laws, loop and nodal analysis, and linear voltage-current characteristics.

Introduction to Computers

Students gain fundamental knowledge of the computer system and its components, including computer hardware and architecture, application software, operating systems, networks, and the Internet. Advanced topics such as information privacy and security, database and data warehouse, data mining, and legal, ethical, and privacy issues in the information technology field are also introduced.

Fundamentals of Reactor Safety

This course provides an overview of nuclear reactor plant safety design topics, including basic concepts relating to regulatory requirements, reactor plant safety analysis, reactor protection systems, plant procedural structure, and emergency planning. Additionally, the course explores significant industry events, including those at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, as well as the impact of the 9/11 terrorism event.

Material Science

Students learn how materials are used in nuclear engineering applications. Topics include basic nuclear plant operation overview, atomic bonding, crystalline and noncrystalline structures, diffusion, mechanical and thermal behavior, failure analysis and prevention, structural materials, ceramics, corrosion, radiation effects on materials, material commonly used in reactor core and nuclear plant design, and material problems associated with reactor core operation.

Health Physics and Radiation Protection

This course provides a fundamental grounding in the theory and principles of radiation protection relevant to nuclear power plant operations.

Plant Systems Overview

Students learn the basic aspects of design, layout and function of all major systems associated with nuclear power plant designs typically used for U.S. power production. The approach to the course is to build a power plant system by system. Content covers major system components, controls, and their design features, and emphasizes the systems’ interconnection and functions. Systems are grouped/classified regarding their use and characteristics, e.g. production vs. safety, primary (nuclear interface) vs. balance of plant, active vs. passive.

Reactor Core Fundamentals

The basics of neutron chain reaction systems are explored in this course. Topics include neutron cross sections, flux, reaction rates, fission processes, neutron production, neutron multiplication, six-factor formula, reactivity, subcritical multiplication, prompt and delayed neutron fractions, reactor period, reactivity coefficients, control rod worth, and fission product poisons.

Introduction to Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

This course provides a grounding in the fundamental principles of heat, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics, as they apply to power plant operation. While designed to meet the requirements of the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program, specifically Section 1.1.5 Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow of ACAD 08-006 for Non-Licensed Nuclear Operators, this course has broad applicability for anyone interested in power plant technology, regardless the heat source used.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Electives

Apply electives from nuclear and related subject areas to complete the technology component requirement.

Laboratory Requirement

Students must complete at least five laboratories:

  • Three labs in physics, chemistry, and radiation measurement
  • Two may be in the natural sciences or in nuclear engineering technology subjects

Undergraduate Concentration (Choose One): 10 Credits Minimum

General Concentration

Students selecting the general concentration can customize their experience by choosing free electives in any field of college study, including in professional or technical subjects and arts and sciences. A minimum of 16 credits must be completed, to include information literacy.

Nuclear Cybersecurity

This concentration emphasizes the concepts associated with governance, legal, and compliance of cybersecurity in the nuclear industry. Students gain foundational knowledge of cybersecurity and the impacts of cyber attacks on nuclear facilities, and are prepared to accept cybersecurity positions within the nuclear industry. A minimum of 16 credits must be completed in this area, to include these requirements:

  • Overview of Computer Security
  • Governance, Legal, and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Defense in Depth for the Nuclear Industry
  • Business Continuity
  • Cybersecurity Investigation and Case Studies for the Nuclear Industry
  • Information Literacy

Nuclear Leadership

This concentration emphasizes topics such as business leadership, organizational behavior, change management, leadership communications, and leadership courage/risk management, this concentration prepares graduates to take on leadership roles within the nuclear industry. A minimum of 16 credits must be completed in this area, to include these requirements:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Leadership
  • Leading Change in the Nuclear Industry
  • Leadership Communications in the Nuclear Industry
  • Nuclear Leadership- Leadership Courage/Risk Management
  • Information Literacy

Integrated Technology Assessment

This capstone course requires students to reflect on past academic and professional experiences and use the information gained from this reflective exercise to develop learning statements related to the nuclear engineering technology degree outcomes. The learning statements must be supported by documented evidence that demonstrates that the outcomes have been met. Additionally, students are tested on their knowledge of information technology fundamentals and practices to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of industry.

Global Business Environment

Learn how to assess the impact of an organization’s international strategy on future global business opportunities, predict how fluctuating exchange rates affect the productivity of international firms, and propose an international market entry strategy based on a host nation’s political, economic, and cultural environments. Course material explores cultural factors in international business, global trade, and investment; measurement and reporting of foreign direct investments; regional economic integration; the global monetary system; exchange rate risk analysis; foreign market entry strategy; imports, exports, and global chain supply management; mixed sourcing strategy; sustainable international development; global marketing research and development; and personnel management.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.

Graduate Business Core Requirements

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.


Find out how organizations finance investments and manage day-to-day financial activities such as cash collections and payments. This course teaches you how to apply financial theory to real-life situations and make decisions as a financial manager with an incomplete data set. Learn how to work with financial statements and analyze common ratios to develop long- and short-term financial policies. Instruction also covers: the effect of interest rates on managerial decisions, the time value of money, discounted cash flow valuation, bonds and equity financing, stock valuation, present value, capital budgeting and investment, forecasting and cash flow projection, and project risk.


Deepen your understanding of marketing management, strategy, and tactics in practice. Through case studies, you examine ethical, legal, social, and environmental issues that impact marketing decision making in realistic business scenarios. For your final project, you work on a team to create a strategic marketing plan for a fictional national product or service. The course focuses on the planning process in the context of customers, competition, organizational priorities, and the external environment. Learn how to segment markets, set marketing metrics, create branding and integrated marketing communication strategies, track competitor market positions, select marketing channels, and use digital marketing tactics to promote products and services.

Operations Management

Get hands-on experience producing a business case analysis, operations forecasting report, and process improvement plan. This course introduces manufacturing, distribution, and service operations, and their role in the organization and international business environments. Study process flow analysis; inventory management for products of steady, perishable, or frequent demand; capacity planning; logistics resource scheduling; supply chain management; quality management; prioritization; and project management.


Grasp leadership fundamentals and define your own leadership style in this course that explores leadership practice in dynamic organizations. Course material shows you how to use goals, roles, and organizational structures to manage business units effectively and foster constructive relationships between leaders and subordinates in difficult workplace situations. Investigate how leaders develop and articulate vision and values, and how to use leadership theories to successfully negotiate, motivate employees, manage teams, cultivate innovation, improve performance, and drive organizational growth.

Project Management Principles and Applications

Become familiar with methods and tools that enable you to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project. This course shows you how to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risk, manage resources, use different budgeting methods, resolve conflicts, and choose appropriate communication, reporting, and documentation tools.

Strategy and Policy (MBA Capstone)

In the MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Business Electives or Concentration: 9 Credits


Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

General Business

Choose three business electives that connect to your career goals.

Health Care Management

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Choose two courses in two of the following categories:
    • Staffing and Development
      • Employee Staffing and Development
      • Training and Career Development
      • Change Management
    • Total Rewards
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • International Human Resources
      • Employment Law
    • Maintaining High Performance
      • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
      • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
      • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions


Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Approved leadership elective

Program Outcomes for BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology

  • Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics, to solving problems in nuclear engineering technology areas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand, measure, and provide quantitative expressions for natural phenomena, including observation, standard tests, experimentation, and accurate measurement.
  • Select and apply appropriate knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to problem solving in nuclear engineering technology areas.
  • Make oral technical presentations in Standard English using graphics and language appropriate to the audience.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the written and graphical communication of technical information supported by appropriate technical references using Standard English.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer applications or documentation of the use of one or more computer software packages for technical problem solving appropriate to the nuclear engineering technology discipline.
  • Demonstrate technical competency in the electrical theory, nuclear and engineering materials, reactor core fundamentals, power plant systems, heat transfer, fluids, health physics/radiation protection, and radiation measurement.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of currently applicable rules and regulations in the areas of radiation protection, operations, maintenance, quality control, quality assurance, and safety.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge of the functional areas of nuclear engineering technology in the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear systems.
  • Design systems, components, or processes while demonstrating a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement of the design and operation of nuclear systems.
  • Participate effectively as a member or a leader of technical teams.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to professional, ethical, and social responsibilities, including the effects of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment and ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

Program Outcomes for MBA

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management- and strategic-level decisions.
  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs, including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one’s knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.
  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of colleagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change, and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, and aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.
  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.
  • Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including in times of economic recession.

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Common Careers with an
Online BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology to MBA

Engineering Management

Maintenance Management

Nuclear Infrastructure Analyst

Nuclear Security Engineer

Operations Management

This degree has helped to solidify my technical understanding as well as open future doors for advancement.”
Joanna Lew
Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology


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The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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