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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.

Program 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

Core Courses (6 Credit-hours)

CAE 513 Building Science1
CAE 523 Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data1
CAE 593 Civil Engineering Seminar

Theses Research (6-8 Credit-Hours)

CAE 597 Research and Thesis for M.S. Degree


Students are required to specialize in one field of concentration: Building Systems, Construction Management, or Structures. Other courses may be accepted for the specialization requirement with adviser and departmental approval.


ARCH 551 Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings I
ARCH 552 Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings II
CAE 422 Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps, Special Suppression, and Detection Systems
CAE 425 Fire Protection and Life Safety in Building Design
CAE 461
Plumbing and Fire Protection Design
CAE 464 HVAC Systems Design
CAE 466 Building Electrical Systems Design
CAE 467 Lighting Systems Designs
CAE 510 Dynamics of Fire
CAE 515 Building Energy Modeling
CAE 524 Building Enclosure Design
CAE 526 Energy Conservation Design in Buildings
CAE 527 Control of Building Environmental Systems
CAE 550 Applied Building Energy Modeling
CAE 553 Measurement and Instrumentation in Architectural Engineering
CAE 556 Net Zero Energy Home Design Competition I
CAE 557 Net Zero Energy Home Design Competition II
CAE 575 Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering
CAE 597 Special Problems
ENVE 576 Indoor Air Pollution
MMAE 517 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MMAE 525 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer


ARCH 560 Integrated Building Delivery Practice/BIM
CAE 470
Construction Methods and Cost Estimating
CAE 471 Construction Planning & Scheduling
CAE 472 Construction Site Operation
CAE 473 Construction Project Administration
CAE 486 Soil and Site Improvement
CAE 570 Legal Issues in Civil Engineering
CAE 571 Adv Construction Scheduling and Control
CAE 572 Construction Cost Accounting and Control
CAE 573 Computer Applications in Construction
CAE 575 Economice Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering
CAE 575 Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering
CAE 577 Construction Equipment Management
CAE 578 Construction Claims Management
CAE 597 Special Problems


CAE 410 Introduction to Wind and Earthquake Engineering.
CAE 435 Experimental Analysis of Structures
CAE 436 Design of Masonry & Timber Structures
CAE 457 Geotechnical Foundation Design
CAE 503 Advanced Structural Theory & Design
CAE 504 Seismic Retrofit & Earthquake Hazard Reduction
CAE 506 Building Envelope Rehabilitation
CAE 518 Advanced Reinforced Concrete
CAE 520 Buckling of Structures
CAE 522 Structural Model Analysis
CAE 525 Advanced Steel and Composite Structures
CAE 530 Finite Element Methods of Analysis
CAE 532 Analysis of Plates and Shells
CAE 533 Theory & Analysis of Thin Shells
CAE 534 Computational Techniques in Finite Element Analysis
CAE 537 Homeland Security Concerns in Building Designs
CAE 551 Prestressed Concrete
CAE 560 Plastic Methods
CAE 561 Structural Probability & Probabilistic Bases of Design
CAE 564 Design of Foundations, Embankments & Earth Structures
CAE 575 Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering
CAE 582 Structural Wind & Earthquake Engineering
CAE 597 Special Problems


Select zero to two credit hours from any of the ARCE fields of concentration. 2

Typical Course Offerings by Semester

1 Students who have previously passed an equivalent course in their prior degree programs may substitute another course for CAE 513 and/or CAE 523 with adviser and departmental approval.

2 General background courses, or graduate courses offered by the College of Architecture, Engineering Graphics, or other relevant departments in the Armour College of Engineering may be chosen as electives with adviser and departmental approval.