Grad Student and Research Staff in the reactor

Graduate Programs in Nuclear Engineering

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
Research Areas
Labs and Centers
Student Organizations


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