Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering

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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 three of which may be a special project course—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 program is oriented toward students who need to develop more knowledge about buildings. Students are expected to have educational backgrounds in architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, architecture, or other relevant disciplines. The program covers the three basic aspects of architectural engineering: building science, structures, and construction management.


This program involves four core courses, four or five elective courses from one field of concentration, and two courses from any relevant field of concentration, general background courses, or graduate courses offered by the College of Architecture.

Core Courses (12)
CAE 513Building Science3
CAE 574Economic Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:6
Acoustics and Lighting3
Building Illumination Design3
Building Enclosure Design3
Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Specialization Electives (12-15)
Select 12-15 credit hours 112-15
General Electives (6-9)
Select 6-9 credit hours from the following courses: 26-9
Probability Concepts in Civil Engineering Design3
Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Special ProblemsCredit Variable
Energy, Environment, and Economics3
Engineering Acoustics3

 Minimum degree credits required: 32


Specializations in Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures require 12-15 credit hours in the area of specialization. Please see the Specializations tab on this page.


Other courses are allowed but are subject to adviser approval.


Architectural Engineering Specializations

Students must complete 12-15 credit hours from one area of specialization (Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures). 

Building Systems

Select a minimum of four to five courses from the following:12-15
Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings I3
Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings II3
Plumbing and Fire Protection Design3
HVAC Systems Design3
Acoustics and Lighting3
Building Envelope Rehabilitation3
Dynamics of Fire3
Fire Protection of Buildings3
Computer Modeling of Fire3
Building Illumination Design3
Building Enclosure Design3
Energy Conservation Design in Buildings3
Control of Building Environmental Systems3
Building Electrical Systems Design3
Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Fundamentals of Heat Transfer3
Heat Transfer: Conduction3
Heat Transfer: Convection and Radiation3
Total Credit Hours12-15

Construction Management

Select a minimum of four to five courses from the following:12-15
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
Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
Construction Equipment Management3
Construction Claims Management3
Real Estate Fundamentals for Engineers and Architects3
Total Credit Hours12-15


Select a minimum of four to five courses from the following:12-15
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
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
Structural Wind and Earthquake Engineering4
Total Credit Hours12-15