The NE Program


Since the mid-2000s, the favorable political atmosphere towards nuclear energy has provided an exciting stimulus to the nuclear industry and NE departments nationwide as the U.S. firmly embraces a national policy based on energy security and environmental sustainability.  Such a renewed interest in nuclear energy is also fueled by a strong demand for electricity in rapidly emerging overseas markets, especially in China and India where new nuclear power plants are being constructed.

The past five years marked the beginning of what is widely considered to be a “nuclear renaissance” in U.S. history, when the nuclear power industry and the U.S. Department of Energy dramatically increased investment in nuclear engineering research, development, and education at a level unprecedented in the past 30 years.

The recent Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, while reminiscent of the Three Mile Island accident and its impact on nuclear power industry in the 1990s, has apparently not had a negative effect on the long-term roadmap for nuclear energy development in the U.S..  On the other hand, the increased awareness of nuclear safety issues at a global scale will likely result in new research and educational opportunities.

The Nuclear Engineering degree program at Rensselaer is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700,


Currently, the Nuclear Engineering program is home to over 100 undergraduate and graduate student.  With focuses on reactor physics and design, thermal-hydraulics, health physics, and fusion engineering, the Nuclear Engineering program offers a diverse set of courses to fit almost any curriculum.  Additionally, the program includes a competitive Senior Design Program, maintains two world-class research facilities, and is home to a highly active student section of the American Nuclear Society.

Applying to Our Program

If you dream about changing the world, Rensselaer is the ideal place to begin your journey and the Nuclear Engineering Program would like to see your application.  Whether you are a high school student considering RPI for undergraduate work or a graduate looking to complete a masters or doctorate in Nuclear Engineering, please use the link below for more information about the application process and program requirements.

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Looking to Visit our Campus?

We would love to have you visit.  Contact one of our program officials and we can work to arrange visits for prospective students: you’ll get to meet with current students (graduate and undergraduate), professors, faculty, and NE groups on campus.