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 credits in 400 and 500 level courses.
  3. At least 12 of the 30 required credits must be in 500 level courses.
    1. This includes any 500 level NucE courses taken to satisfy requirement 2 above.
    2. At least six of these credits must be NucE 500 level courses.
  4. Specific course requirements:
    1. NucE 301, 302, 403, 450 or their equivalent unless a student's BS degree is in Nuc E.
    2. NucE 596. For students submitting a scholarly paper only. Use of a scholarly paper to complete the M.S. degree must have prior approval by a faculty supervisor and the program chair. A maximum of three credits of NucE 596 can be counted towards degree requirements.
  5. A thesis or paper must be presented to meet the specific requirement of the option selected (see options detailed below).
  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.

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.

Degree Options

M.S. Thesis

To meet the requirements of the M.S. Thesis option, you must register for a minimum of six credits of NucE 600 and submit a thesis following the procedures specified by the Graduate School.

M.S. Paper

To meet the requirements of the M.S. Paper option, you must have prior approval by a faculty supervisor and the program chair. Register for 30 course credits, 18 of which must be at the 500 level, 3 credits of NucE 596 (NucE 600 cannot be used), and submit a scholarly paper that must be approved by a faculty supervisor and the program chair.

Contact Information

  • Beth Huber
    Nuclear Engineering Graduate Programs Office
    205 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 from other programs with a strong focus on experimental research in power, science, security and safety. 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 department also houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear reactor. The construction and operation of the reactor introduced nuclear engineering to Penn State, and, in doing so, harnessed research and educational opportunities as key strengths for the department. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938