Mechanical and nuclear engineering graduate programs advance in national rankings

March 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s nuclear engineering graduate program is ranked eighth and the mechanical engineering graduate program is ranked 15th in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings, released on March 14.

The 2018 edition shows that the nuclear engineering program moved up two slots from last year and is now in the top 29 percent amongst its counterparts at other national universities.  The mechanical engineering program advanced one spot and is in the top 9 percent of its peers.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the data for the annual graduate school rankings come from statistical surveys of more than 1,970 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 16,500 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2016 and early 2017.

Read more about Penn State's overall graduate school rankings and how other graduate programs faired on the U.S. News’ website.

More information about the mechanical and nuclear engineering programs at Penn State can be found here.


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Chris Hennessey



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