Grad Student and Research Staff in the reactor

Graduate Programs in Nuclear Engineering

If you want to work with nationally and internationally renowned faculty, scientists, and engineers, the Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering is a great place for you to pursue graduate study.

Our graduates are known for their ability to find high-level positions in national research centers and laboratories as well as postdoctoral and tenure-track positions in top-tier research universities.

Our graduate degree programs include:

Resident Programs

Online Program

Our graduate degrees have limited formal course requirements. You and your adviser can tailor a program to your needs and educational goals. With our many tenured faculty and the breadth of nuclear engineering focus areas you can pursue an area in the nuclear engineering field that is important to you.

We are one of the few universities in the U.S. with a research reactor on campus. Our students have the unique opportunity to learn and research in state-of-the-art experimental facilities under expert mentorship. We have especially strong research programs in nuclear power, reactor design, and nuclear materials.

Students select courses and write a thesis or paper in one or more of the following general fields:

Nuclear Power

  • Nuclear Materials
  • Reactor Controls
  • Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
  • Reactor Physics

Nuclear Science

  • Radiation Detection and Imaging
  • Radioisotopes and Radiochemistry

Nuclear Security

  • Radiation Detection and Monitoring
  • Non-proliferation

Contact Information

  • Ashley Ammerman
    Graduate Program Assistant
    113 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

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222