Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering

These master of engineering programs are course-only, professionally-oriented degree programs that permit a concentration in preparation for engineering practice. Admission requirements to these programs are the same as those for the master of science program. Candidates in these programs must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, up to four of which may be a special project course—CAE 594 CAE 597, or ENVE 597. Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework (except CAE 431 and CAE 432) may be included in the master of engineering program with prior adviser approval. No thesis or comprehensive examination is required for completion of the degree.

The Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering is a coursework-only graduate degree program oriented toward students who wish to develop more knowledge about the design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems, including heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, facades and enclosures, and electrical, lighting, fire protection, and plumbing systems. The degree program is intended for preparation for advanced engineering practice rooted in the principles of building science, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and sustainability. 

Students with a variety of academic backgrounds are eligible to apply for the program, including those with undergraduate degrees in engineering disciplines (e.g., architectural, civil, mechanical, or environmental engineering) and non-engineering disciplines (e.g., architecture, construction management, or environmental design). All admitted students are expected to have passed thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in their undergraduate studies. If students have not passed these courses, they may be required to take proficiency courses in their first year of study or in the summer before their first year of study. Each applicant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis during the application review process to determine any proficiency course requirements. 

Students in the program must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in total. Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework may be included in the program with adviser approval. No thesis or comprehensive examination is required for completion of the degree, but students are required to complete at least 2 hours of CAE 597 based on an independent study in architectural engineering conducted under the supervision of a faculty adviser. The main deliverable for the CAE 597 requirement is a final project report.


Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 20
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Required Core Courses (6)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 526Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
Statistics/Data Analysis Requirement (3)
CAE 523Statistical Analysis Engg Data3
or MATH 474 Probability and Statistics
or MATH 564 Applied Statistics
or MMAE 500 Data Driven Modeling
or BME 533 Biostatistics
Independent Study Requirement (2)
CAE 597Special Problems 22
Architectural Engineering Elective Courses (15)
Select a minimum of 15 hours from the following:15
Plumbing/Fire Protection Dsgn3
Building Electrical/Lighting3
Lighting Systems Design3
Building Env Rehab Engineering3
BIM Applications for Bldg Perf3
HVAC Systems Design3
Structural Forensics3
Building Enclosure Design3
Control of Building Env. Sys.3
Applied Bldg Energy Modeling3
Measurement & Instrumentation3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn I3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn II3
Constr Meths Estimating Budget3
Occup Environ Health Safety3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
General Elective Courses (6)
Select up to six credit hours of general electives 36
Total Credit Hours32