M.S. in Nuclear Engineering


  1. A minimum of 30 graduate course credits must be completed with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  2. At least 12 of the 30 required credits in 400- and 500-level NucE courses.
  3. At least 18 of the 30 required credits must be in 500-level courses.
    • This includes 6 credits of NucE 600 thesis research, as well as any other 500-level NucE courses taken.
  4. Specific course requirements: NucE 480, 450 or their equivalent unless a student’s B.S. degree is in nuclear engineering.
  5. You must register for a minimum of six credits of NucE 600 and submit a thesis following the procedures specified by the Graduate School.
  6. Attendance in the NucE 590 Colloquium every semester. These colloquium credits do not count toward the 30 graduate course credits in requirement 1, above.
  7. Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) training & CITI training required to be completed within your first semester.

For more detailed information on Graduate School program requirements and deadlines, consult the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin and the Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Information site.

Contact Information

  • Ashley Ammerman
    Graduate Program Assistant
    113C Hallowell Building

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The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself with a strong focus on experimental research. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering, or a doctoral degree. The Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222