Students in the M.S. in architectural engineering degree program have 3 options. Option A requires 30 credit-hours including 6 hours for preparing a thesis (via ARCE 899) and a final oral examination including defense of the thesis. Option B requires 30 hours including a 3-hour special problem investigation in the student's area of specialization (via ARCE 895) and a final oral examination. Option B requires a project report instead of a thesis. Option C, known informally as the "design option," has the same credit-hour requirements as Option B but can be completed in only two semesters. It includes coursework and a practical design project, report, and presentation.
The M.S. degree in architectural engineering is intentionally flexible in its course requirements because graduate study in architectural engineering requires specialization in one of many areas of professional practice. Each student works with his or her committee to select appropriate graduate courses that support the research project and the student's career goals. Students can pursue specializations in, for example, building mechanical, energy, electrical, lighting, or structural systems, or construction engineering. Emerging or hybrid specializations such as sustainability, acoustics, or fire safety are also encouraged.
Courses to be applied toward the M.S. degree must be listed on a Plan of Study form approved by the student’s major professor and examining committee and the departmental graduate advisor. All graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study7 on file by the beginning of their second semester of study. Graduate courses offered by the CEAE department are identified by the prefixes CE, ARCE and CMGT and are numbered 700 and above. No more than 9 hours of courses from other departments or more than 6 hours of courses numbered below 700 (of which only 3 hours may be within the department) may be applied toward the degree without approval of the department’s graduate advisor. No more than 4 hours of special-problem credit may be applied toward the degree without approval of the department’s graduate advisor.