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.

Curriculum

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 513 13
CAE 523 13
CAE 5930
Thesis Research (6-8)
CAE 5916-8
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
 
 

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
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1-20
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Total Credit Hours18

Construction Management

Select a minimum 18 credit hours from the following:18
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Total Credit Hours18

Structures

Select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the following:18
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Total Credit Hours18