Master of Science in Architectural Engineering
The Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is a research and thesis-based 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 both engineering practice and research rooted in the principles of building science, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Students are expected to conduct research at a rigorous level beyond the coursework-only Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering degree program. The program also serves as a foundation 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, 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, with 6 to 8 hours of thesis credits (CAE 591) awarded for successful completion of master’s thesis milestones. Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework may be included in the program with adviser approval.
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|
|Maximum Transfer Credit||9|
|CAE 513||Building Science 1||3|
|CAE 526||Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs||3|
|Statistics/Data Analysis Requirement||(3)|
|CAE 523||Statistical Analysis Engg Data||3|
|or MATH 474||Probability and Statistics|
|or MATH 564||Applied Statistics|
|or MMAE 500||Data Driven Modeling|
|or BME 533||Biostatistics|
|CAE 591||Research and Thesis M.S.||6-8|
|Architectural Engineering Elective Courses||(12)|
|Select a minimum of 12 credit hours from the followiing:||12|
|Plumbing/Fire Protection Dsgn||3|
|Lighting Systems Design||3|
|Building Env Rehab Engineering||3|
|BIM Applications for Bldg Perf||3|
|HVAC Systems Design||3|
|Building Enclosure Design||3|
|Control of Building Env. Sys.||3|
|Applied Bldg Energy Modeling||3|
|Measurement & Instrumentation||3|
|Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn I||3|
|Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn II||3|
|Constr Meths Estimating Budget||3|
|Occup Environ Health Safety||3|
|Indoor Air Pollution||3|
|Computational Fluid Dynamics||3|
|General Elective Courses||(3-5)|
|Select up to five credit hours of general electives 2||3-5|
|Total Credit Hours||30-34|
Students who have previously passed an equivalent course in their prior degree programs may substitute another course for CAE 513 with adviser approval.
General electives can include courses offered by the Armour College of Engineering, the College of Architecture, or the College of Computing, subject to adviser approval.