Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Science, Technology and Policy


The VT Nuclear Engineering Program offers two Graduate Certificates: Certificate in Nuclear Engineering and Certificate in Nuclear Science Technology and Policy (NSTP). For a brief summary of the Certificate Programs, click here.

This Certificate is a joint program among the Department of Science and Technology in Society, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the Nuclear Engineering Program. Students who have either at least a BS in a technical or policy related discipline are encouraged to enroll in this program.

The Nuclear Science, Technology, and Policy (NSTP) Graduate Certificate integrates policy and management with nuclear science and technology to prepare students from diverse educational backgrounds for careers managing and leading nuclear policy organizations across a spectrum of activity in safety, security, safeguards, and non-proliferation. The Certificate courses offer fundamental knowledge of concepts in nuclear science and technology that are relevant to policy issues, and also provide an introduction to topics in safety, security, and nonproliferation, which occupy the bulk of government concerns with nuclear issues. Finally, the Certificate will allow students to interact with policymakers in the field through briefings, simulations, and exercises at the Certificate’s Northern Virginia locations and institutions, agencies, and other partners in Washington, DC.

print a one-page NSTP information sheet

Curriculum Requirements

Admission Requirements




*check with the instructor for availability

List of Courses


Contact: Prof. Haghighat (Program Director),
Prof. Mark Pierson, or
Ms. Allison Jones (Program Coordinator)