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 degree program oriented toward students who wish to develop more knowledge about the design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems. The degree program is intended for preparation for engineering practice. Students are required to specialize in one field of concentration: Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures. 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, environmental, and others) and non-engineering disciplines (e.g., architecture, construction management, environmental science, and others).

Students specializing in the Building Systems concentration are expected to have passed thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in their undergraduate studies. Students specializing in the Structures concentration are expected to have passed steel design and concrete design. If students have not passed these courses, they may be required to take deficiency 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 deficiency course requirements.


Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 20
Minimum CAE Credit 24
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Core Courses (6)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 523Statistical Analysis Engg Data 13
Specialization Courses (18)
Select a minimum of 18 credit hours in one field of concentration. See the Specializations tab on this page.18
Elective Courses (8-9)
Select eight to nine credit hours from any of the ARCE fields of concentration 28-9
Total Credit Hours32-33

Architectural Engineering Specializations

Students must complete 18 credit hours from one area of specialization (Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures). Other courses may be accepted for the specialization requirement with adviser and departmental approval.

Building Systems

Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the following:18
Desn Energy-Efficient Bldg I3
Design of Energy-Eff Bldg II3
Sprinklers Standpipes Fire Pum3
Fire Protection & Life Safety3
Plumbing/Fire Protection Dsgn3
HVAC Systems Design3
Building Electrical/Lighting3
Lighting Systems Design3
Dynamics of Fire3
BIM Applications for Bldg Perf3
HVAC Systems Design3
Building Enclosure Design3
Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
CAE 527
Applied Bldg Energy Modeling3
Measurement & Instrumentation3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn I3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn II3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engg3
Special Problems1-4
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Fundamentals of Heat Transfer3
Total Credit Hours18

Construction Management

Select a minimum 18 credit hours from the following:18
Intd Bldg Deliv Prac/BIM3
Constrctn Methods&Cost Estmg3
Construction Plan & Scheduling3
Construction Site Operation3
Construction Contract Admin3
Soil Site Improvement3
Legal Issues in Civil Engrg3
Lean Construction and Control3
Construction Cost Acctg&Cntrl3
Construction Mgmt with BIM3
Economic Decision Analysis3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engg3
Constuction Equip Management3
Construction Claims Mgmt3
Real Estate Fundamentals3
Special Problems1-4
Total Credit Hours18


Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the following:18
Intro to Wind/Earthquake Engg3
Experimental Anlys Structures3
Dsgn Masonry/Timber Structures3
Geotechnical Foundation Dsgn3
Advanced Structural Analysis3
Seismic Retrofit/Earthquake4
Building Env Rehab Engineering3
Advanced Reinforced Concrete3
Buckling of Structures4
Structural Model Analysis4
Advd Steel&Composite Structure4
Finite Element Method of Anlys3
Analysis of Plates and Shells4
Theory & Anlys of Thin Shells3
Computational Techniques3
Homeland Security Concerns3
Prestressed Concrete3
Plastic Methods4
Structural Reliability3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engg3
Structural Wind&Earthquake Eng4
Special Problems1-4
Total Credit Hours18