Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

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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 Engg Data 13
Thesis Research (6-8)
CAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8
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
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 Systs Dsgn3
Lighting Systems Design3
Dynamics of Fire3
BIM Applications for Bldg Perf3
Building Enclosure Design3
Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
Congrol of Bldg Envnmtl Systs3
Applied Bldg Energy Modeling3
Measurement & Instrumentation3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn I3
Net Zero Energy Home Dsgn II3
Systems Analysis in Civil Engg3
Special Problems1-20
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
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 Problems1-20
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 Problems1-20
Total Credit Hours18