Why Nuclear Engineering?
Recent concerns about CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts of fossil-fired power plants and the country's continued dependence on foreign oil have created a renewed interest in nuclear power generation and overall demand for nuclear power. And the United States isn't alone in recognizing the value of nuclear power.
As energy consumption continues to grow, many countries — especially those in Asia with growing economies and increasing energy demands — are turning to nuclear power as a dependable supply for their energy needs.
Although people often think of nuclear power plants when it comes to nuclear engineering, there are an increasing number of nuclear engineers working in a variety of fields such as medicine, manufacturing, agriculture, and security.
Why an Online Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State?
- The nuclear engineering graduate program at Penn State is ranked fifth in the nation and we have been pioneers in online education with a successful program for more than 15 years.
- Additional studies also indicate that even if the United States does not construct any reactors, the nation will still need to graduate hundreds of additional nuclear scientists and engineers each year to fill the demand.
Who Should Apply?
Pursuing this online degree gives you great flexibility combined with a highly relevant course curriculum. The Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering (Nuc E) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline, or the applied sciences from an ABET-accredited institution, who wish to pursue a graduate degree in nuclear engineering.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
Many nuclear engineers work in private and governmental research and development laboratories. Some teach in colleges and universities. Other engineers are employed in nuclear power plants and in factories that make nuclear equipment. Still others may work primarily in design engineering or designing and developing new devices to generate nuclear power.
Additional opportunities for employment include:
- electrical utility companies
- government energy and defense agencies
- national laboratories
- nuclear plant designing firms
- and other private companies