Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering is a coursework-only 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 advanced engineering practice rooted in the principles of building science, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and sustainability. 

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.

Up to 12 credit hours of 400-level undergraduate coursework may be included in the program with adviser approval.


Required Courses (12)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 526Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
CAE 556Zero Energy Building Design I3
CAE 557Zero Energy Building Design II3
Statistics/Data Analysis Requirement (3)
CAE 523Statistical Analysis Engg Data3
or MATH 474 Probability and Statistics
or MATH 564 Applied Statistics
or MMAE 500 Data Driven Modeling
or BME 533 Biostatistics
Elective Courses (15)
Select 15 hours from the following: 215
Plumbing/Fire Protection Dsgn3
Building Electrical/Lighting3
Lighting Systems Design3
Intro Building Info Modeling3
Building Env Rehab Engineering3
BIM Applications for Bldg Perf3
HVAC Systems Design3
Structural Forensics3
Building Enclosure Design3
Control of Building Env. Sys.3
Applied Bldg Energy Modeling3
Measurement & Instrumentation3
Constr Meths Estimating Budget3
Occup Environ Health Safety3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Total Credit Hours30

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


Other elective courses in ARCH, CAE, CHE, CHEM, EG, EMS, ENVE, MMAE or other disciplines can also be taken with advisor approval