In the Fall of 1998, the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin began offering a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Health Physics. As of September 2000 this program is offered at the PhD level. The graduate courses are offered via remote distance teaching from the campus at the University of Texas at Austin. These courses are developed for the working professional, full time student, or persons interested in continuing education, and are available over the internet. Students who live in the Austin area can attend class at UT as it is being transmitted to other sites. A list of the courses is shown below. A written research MS thesis or PhD dissertation can also be obtained in any related professional work. Other research opportunities in health physics or radioactive waste for theses may also be pursued. The University of Texas offers excellent experimental facilities in the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab which houses the TRIGA nuclear research reactor. A staff health physicist and a wide variety of health physics instrumentation are available for routine and research work. Working professionals at national laboratories or industry are encouraged to pursue relevant research topics at their own place of work. Only one course per term or summer session is usually taken. For more information please contact Dr. Sheldon Landsberger, Professor and Coordinator, Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program at (512) 232-2467, or by e-mail to

Course Offerings

  • Nuclear Health Physics
  • Reactor Theory I
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Health Physics Instrumentation (2 weeks at UT Austin)
  • Radioactive Waste Management
  • Radiation Biology
  • Nuclear and Radiochemistry
  • Independent Study/Free Option
  • Masters Thesis or report

*If a report option is substituted for a Masters Thesis then two additional courses are to be taken in consultation with the academic advisor.