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Getting back into physics after engineering masters

  1. Sep 1, 2014 #1
    I'm a 2013 graduate with a BS in physics (no specialization). My current line of work doesn't allow me to pursue a degree in-residence however an advanced degree is required for career progression. I've been looking into nuclear engineering programs offered online, mainly Penn State. However, I would like to ultimately earn my Ph.D. in physics. My questions: how difficult would it be to (1) earn a Masters in nuclear engineering and (2) then get back into physics to earn my doctorate with only a nuclear engineering masters as a foundation?

    I've read the other postings related to physics BS-to-nuke engineering but my concern is damaging my chances of pursuing the doctorate.

    Thanks in advance for the input/advice. If you need any additional info please let me know.
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  3. Sep 2, 2014 #2


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    (2) It depends on the content of the Master in Nuclear Engineering as well as on the field in physics you are interested in. Many engineers earned a PhD in physics. In depth study of "Neutron transport" can be seen as theoretical physics. I don't know about the administrative pov in the US, as I live in EU.
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