Architectural engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the planning, analysis, design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and large residential facilities. Engineered systems include electric power, communications, and control; lighting and acoustics; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC); fire and life safety; structural systems; and green buildings and sustainability.
Students pursuing the Master of Science (MS) degree in architectural engineering can specialize in any of the following areas of architectural engineering:
- Building power systems
- Building mechanical systems
- Building illumination and lighting systems
- Building energy efficiency and energy management
- Building acoustical systems
- Construction management
Students who wish to specialize in structural engineering generally pursue the MS degree in civil engineering rather than architectural engineering. The MS degree program in architectural engineering is open to full-time and part-time graduate students. Students may start their graduate studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. A bachelor’s degree in a field of engineering is required for admission to the MS degree program in architectural engineering.