As global demands for renewable, efficient energy continue to expand, nuclear power industry has a need for qualified engineering professionals.  Companies invested in the exploration and application of nuclear energy report significant employment demand due to a gap created by retiring workers and a shortfall in new talent to replace them.  In response to these demands, the Swanson School of Engineering offers a series of options in nuclear engineering education that draw from the wealth of real-world, nuclear experience concentrated in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As the birthplace of nuclear power, this region is among the few U.S. locations to combine so much expertise in both nuclear power companies and universities.

Students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level studies in nuclear engineering will benefit from what few other U.S. institutions can offer: faculty whose careers were built on the successful operation of licensed power reactors, and bring many decades of experience into the classroom.  From industry fundamentals to simulated operation of a plant, students will learn precisely what awaits them when they enter the nuclear power workforce. 

The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE) Program offers both a non-thesis (professional) and a thesis (research) option.  To qualify for a Professional MSNE the candidate completes 10 courses (30 credit hours).  To earn a Research MSNE the candidate completes 30 credits that include 9 credits of thesis research and 7 courses (21 credit hours).  Graduate students may also choose from a stand-alone post-baccalaureate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering or a Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering attached to a Master of Science in another discipline: bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or materials science. To qualify for the certificate, the student completes five nuclear engineering courses from the Program's portfolio of offerings. 

Undergraduate students, can choose to major in Engineering Science with a concentration in Nuclear Energy or pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering. The Engineering Science Nuclear Energy concentration provides the undergraduate student with the opportunity for a concentration in nuclear energy with an increase course emphasis in mathematics and physics. The Undergraduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering can be earned in conjunction with any undergraduate engineering degree offered by the Swanson School of Engineering or students majoring in mathematics or physics.  


•          1700 – Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 

•          1701 – Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactors 

•          1702 – Nuclear Plant Technology   


•          2100 – Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering * 

•          2101 – Nuclear Core Dynamics * 

•          2102 – Nuclear Plant Dynamics and Control * 

•          2103 – Integration of Nuclear Plant Systems with the Reactor Core * 

•          2104 – Nuclear Operations Safety * 

•          2105 – Integrated Nuclear Power Plant Operations 

•          2106 – Nuclear Quality Assurance Management * 

•          2107 – High-Performance Computing Algorithms and Methods 

•          2110 – Nuclear Materials * 

•          2112 – Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry * 

•          2113 – Radiation Detection and Measurement * 

•          2115 – Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Nuclear Plants * 

•          2116 – Boiling Water Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics and Safety * 

•          2118 – Computational Radiation Transport * 

•          2120 – Mathematical Modeling of Nuclear Plants * 

•          2122 – Management Principles in Nuclear Power * 

•          2125 – Case Studies in Nuclear Codes and Standards * 

•          2130 – Environmental Issues and Solutions for Nuclear Power *

* Offered online