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.


Required Courses (6)
CAE 513Building Science 13
CAE 526Energy Conservation Dsgn:Bldgs3
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
Thesis Research (6-8)
CAE 591Research 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 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
Zero Energy Building Design I3
Zero Energy Building Design II3
Constr Meths Estimating Budget3
Occup Environ Health Safety3
Indoor Air Pollution3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
General Elective Courses (3-5)
Select up to five credit hours of general electives 23-5

 Minimum degree credits required: 32


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 be taken in ARCH, CAE, CHE, CHEM, EG, EMS, ENVE, MMAE or other disciplines with advisor approval