Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is a research and thesis-based degree program oriented toward students who wish to develop more knowledge about the design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems. Students are required to specialize in one field of concentration: Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures.

Students are expected to conduct research at a rigorous level above and beyond the coursework-only Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering degree program. The program also serves as a foundation for research for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree. 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.


Degree candidates in the master of science program must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, six to eight of which must be research and thesis credits. Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework may be included in the program with prior adviser approval. An oral defense of the thesis constitutes the comprehensive examination, and no additional written comprehensive examination is required.

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 20
Minimum CAE Credit 24
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Required Courses (6)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 523Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data 13
CAE 593Civil Engineering Seminar0
Thesis Research (6-8)
CAE 591Research and Thesis for M.S. Degree6-8
Specialization Electives (18)
Select a minimum of 18 credit hours in one field of concentration. See the Specializations tab on this page.18
Elective Courses (0-2)
Select zero to two credit hours from any of the ARCE fields of concentration 20-2

Students who have previously passed an equivalent course in their prior degree programs may substitute another course for CAE 513 and/or CAE 523 with adviser and departmental approval. 


General background courses, or graduate courses offered by the College of Architecture, Engineering Graphics, or other relevant departments in the Armour College of Engineering may be chosen as electives with adviser and departmental approval.


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
Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings I3
Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings II3
Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps, Special Suppression, and Detection Systems3
Fire Protection and Life Safety in Building Design3
Plumbing and Fire Protection Design3
HVAC Systems Design3
Building Electrical Systems Design3
Lighting Systems Design3
Dynamics of Fire3
Building Energy Modeling3
Building Enclosure Design3
Energy Conservation Design in Buildings3
Control of Building Environmental Systems3
Applied Building Energy Modeling3
Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering3
Net Zero Energy Home Design Competition I3
Net Zero Energy Home Design Competition II3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Special Problems1-20
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
Integrated Building Delivery Practice/BIM3
Construction Methods and Cost Estimating3
Construction Planning and Scheduling3
Construction Site Operation3
Construction Contract Administration3
Soil and Site Improvement3
Legal Issues in Civil Engineering3
Lean Construction and Control3
Construction Cost Accounting and Control3
Construction Management with Building Information Modeling3
Economic Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Construction Equipment Management3
Construction Claims Management3
Real Estate Fundamentals for Engineers and Architects3
Special Problems1-20
Total Credit Hours18


Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the following:18
Introduction to Wind and Earthquake Engineering3
Experimental Analysis of Structures3
Design of Masonry and Timber Structures3
Geotechnical Foundation Design3
Advanced Structural Analysis3
Seismic Retrofit and Earthquake Hazard Reduction4
Building Envelope Rehabilitation3
Advanced Reinforced Concrete3
Buckling of Structures4
Structural Model Analysis4
Advanced Steel and Composite Structures4
Finite Element Method of Analysis3
Analysis of Plates and Shells4
Theory and Analysis of Thin Shells3
Computational Techniques in Finite Element Analysis3
Homeland Security Concerns in Building Designs3
Prestressed Concrete3
Plastic Methods4
Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Bases of Design3
Design of Foundations, Embankments and Earth Structures4
Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Structural Wind and Earthquake Engineering4
Special Problems1-20
Total Credit Hours18