Master of Science 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.

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519