How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Resident Program

  • Spring Admission: October 15 is the deadline for spring admission. Very few new graduate students are admitted in the spring semester. You will be informed of our decision by email.
  • Fall Admission: December 15 is the deadline for fall admission; decisions on admission and financial aid are typically made within three months of the application deadline. You will be informed of our decision by email.

Online Program

Visit the World Campus website for online program application deadlines.

Admissions Criteria

The Graduate Programs Office considers many criteria for admissions, including your letters of recommendation and potential for successful study and research. More information on the requirements for graduate school admission can be found on the Penn State Graduate School website. Below are some basic criteria.

  • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering or a related engineering area. To get an idea of the courses required for a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering at Penn State, visit the undergraduate core courses page.
  • Official GRE test scores will be considered if submitted but are NOT required. All applicants are expected to have earned a third-/fourth-year grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • For international students, acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required. Information about minimum acceptable scores and exemptions can be found on the graduate student FAQ page.

Required Application Materials

  • Access the online application through the Penn State Graduate School.
  • Do not send any materials by mail to Penn State. Application materials are included in your online application.
  • Find information about application fees and other common questions on the Graduate School FAQ page.

The following items must be included in your online application:

You can also include journal papers (optional) in your online application.

To edit or check an existing application, visit

Returning Students

Students who have not been enrolled in classes for one or more semesters (excluding summer session) must inform the Graduate School and the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Programs Office when they wish to continue taking courses.

  • Email Ashley Ammerman at and inform the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Programs Office that you will be taking classes.
  • Submit a Resume Study Application to the Penn State Graduate School. There is no fee for the Resume Study Application.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is a temporary classification in which an applicant may remain for a period of no longer than two semesters following admission or the time it takes to accrue 15 credits, whichever comes first. If the deficiencies that caused the provisional admission are not corrected by this time, you may not achieve full admission.

To be considered for provisional admission to the program, official GRE scores must be submitted. International students must also submit official TOEFL scores unless they meet the exemption requirements.

Contact Information

  • Ashley Ammerman
    Nuclear Engineering
    Graduate Program Coordinator
    113C Hallowell Building

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206 Hallowell Building

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University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222