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 mechanical engineering focus areas you can pursue an area in the mechanical 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 the supervision of internationally renowned faculty, scientists, and engineers. 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

  • 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

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938