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Architectural Engineering and Construction Science

Graduate Program

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Master of Science in Architectural Engineering

The research interests of the department’s faculty cover the following major areas of modern building systems design: lighting/electrical, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, structural analysis, cold-formed steel design, energy analysis, energy auditing, acceptance testing and indoor air quality. Research interests also cover structural building systems including timbers, masonry, steel, reinforced concrete and seismic design.

Several faculty members direct research and utilize this research in the enhancement of both graduate and undergraduate teaching. The objective of the program is to provide advanced studies in engineering, analysis and design of building systems. The department has excellent facilities, which include design and drafting rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, an outstanding electrical and lighting laboratory for research and teaching, and access to the most recent computer technology.

The minimum requirement for course work is 30 hours of graduate credit with options as specified in this catalog and required undergraduate work in an engineering program accredited by ABET and subject to the approval of the department. Depending on the selected degree options, a student has a significant range of elective courses from which to choose with the approval of the student's graduate committee. The program is structured to permit the student, by diligent work, to complete the master's requirement in one calendar year. Substitution for one or more of the specified courses may be made if the department judges that equivalent study has been successfully completed.

Approved Courses28 hours     Approved Courses24 hours
Master's Report2 hours  Master's Thesis6 hours

TOTAL

30 hours
  
TOTAL

30 hours

Students seeking graduate school admission to pursue a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a B.S. degree from an ABET accredited engineering program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a Statement of Objectives/Letter of Intent
  • Complete the GRE test
  • Meet all entrance requirements of the graduate school (1.B. of the graduate handbook)
  • Be accepted by the architectural engineering graduate faculty
Concurrent B.S./M.S.

The department offers a concurrent bachelor's and master's degree program to undergraduates in architectural engineering. This professional master's degree challenges top students in architectural engineering with research experiences, faculty mentoring and advanced coursework. Students and faculty are matched by interest and capability to determine an emphasis area, program of study, and graduate committee. Current emphasis areas include the following: mechanical systems, electrical power distribution, illumination and building structural design.      

Approved Courses28 hours    Approved Courses24 hours
Master's Report2 hours Master's Thesis6 hours

TOTAL

30 hours
 
TOTAL

30 hours   

Students seeking the concurrent B.S./M.S. degree program must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the graduate school:

  • Complete 100 or more credit hours of the four-year architectural engineering curriculum.
  • Obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the architectural engineering curriculum in the concurrent B.S./M.S. program
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a Statement of Objectives/Letter of Intent
  • Be accepted by the architectural engineering graduate faculty
  • Met all entrance requirements of the graduate school with the exception of completing a bachelor’s degree (1.B. of the graduate handbook)

This program allows accepted students to reduce their undergraduate program by nine credit hours and replace these hours with nine credits towards the requirements of the master’s degree.